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It's that time of year where local film buffs will clearing the decks, dipping into their savings and setting up out-of-office email replies; the New Zealand International Film Festival returns to the city for another year from 28 July for two and a bit weeks of cinematic celebration at the Isaac Theatre Royal and Hoyts Northlands.This year's line-up for Christchurch includes over 100 features and documentaries from New Zealand and around the world, with the Festival including a number of premieres, including a world premiere for Christchurch in the form of Le Ride, a new documentary from The Amazing Race host and go-getter (and Christchurch boy made good) Phil Keoghan that retraces the 1928 Tour de France route. The opening film of the festival in Christchurch is also a doozy: Poi E: The Story of Our Song tells the story of the Patea Maori Club's 1984 hit and has been described as...
Cityscape Wellbeing & Fitness
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In a bid to give winter ills and chills the cold shoulder, Cityscape caught up with self-cured health researcher, international speaker and best-selling author Jason Shon Bennett for three tips on getting through winter unscathed.I have not had a cold, flu, bug or virus for over 25 years, and yet for the first 25 years of my life, I was sick almost every day. I am often asked what my secret is and the simple answer is through changing my diet, lifestyle and environment – here’s how you can help stay healthy this winter: 1 Fermented foods For centuries humans have safely fermented foods with bacteria and fungi to produce more prebiotic-rich, nutritious and delicious foods. Tempeh, sourdough bread, miso, apple cider vinegar, yoghurt, nattō, pickled ginger, umeboshi plums, sauerkraut and pickled daikon are all good examples of fermented/cultured foods. The genuine fermentation process naturally changes, predigests and dramatically improves...
Cityscape The Scoop
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Heads up, snow bunnies – there's an extra reason to get up to Mt Hutt his weekend. Corona are bringing their beautifully-restored 1963 Airstream trailer (which made its debut appearance last summer) to the mountain as the last stop in its nationwide tour of popular snow destinations in both the North and South Island this month. Corona will be carving the slopes up quite literally this Saturday the 23rd August – sculpting a customised Snow Bar and putting on a free music performance from Wanaka act Arma Del Amor. Tunes start from midday. Scope out Corona NZ’s Facebook page to discover more details....
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New at CPIT's ArtBox this week is Baker’s Dozen, a collaborative exhibition of works by third year Bachelor of Design students studying Visual Arts at CPIT.The students were given the freedom to pursue their own personal themes and ideas for the exhibition, and have produced a wide variety of work that spans a broad range of styles and media, making a visit to the exhibition a diverse and interesting one. Baker's Dozen will feature works from Candice Hamilton, Ashleigh Horrell, Jo Snell, Nina Brown, Lisa Isbister, Jay Skelton, Gareth Castillo, Allen Chen, Brenna Crump, Maryanne O'Reilly, Donna Stewart, Astrid Ayrey, and Aggie PalmerThe exhibition kicks off with an opening preview evening on Wednesday before running at ArtBox from the 31st of July until the 10th of August. Viewing hours at Artbox are Tue - Fri 10am-4pm and Sat/Sun 12 - 4pm....
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Christchurch cinephiles of all stripes are preparing to turn down evenings out, call up babysitters and get their entire lives reorganised, because the annual NZIFF is back in town for another year from 7 – 24 August to enliven winter and keep us glued to the screen for two and a half weeks. 90 films will feature in the Christchurch festival programme, with the usual lively international blend of comedy, drama, genre pics, docos, shorts, and the bizarre (thanks Strange Film guru Ant Timpson, you diabolical genius!) providing plenty to inspire and entertain. Typically there’s so much on offer this year that it’s impossible to get to everything, with a record number of films playing in Christchurch this year, but Cityscape will be keeping an eye out for Frank (pictured above), sci-fi pic Snowpiercer, and Housebound – the Kiwi horror-comedy that's winning mad plaudits overseas – among others. We also dug...
Cityscape Eating & Drinking
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A pleasant wee culinary ripple has hit the city throughout July as Cloudy Bay Wines works with five top chefs in Christchurch for the 4th international Cloudy Bay Pinot & Duck Tasting Trail, giving gourmands the chance to feast on fowl. Local favourites King of Snake (local Canter Valley duck leg, marinated, steamed, boned, pressed, crisp-fried and served with wok fried greens and plum sauce), The Monday Room (their entry is still under wraps), JDV (Sichuan spiced crispy duck, steamed bread, daikon, cucumber and hoisin, pictured above) Baretta (duo of roast Canterbury duck breast and orange anise braised duck leg with hazelnut gnocchi, pomegranate molasses and apple, pictured below), Bloody Mary’s (duo of Canterbury duck with pickled mushrooms, pomme sauté and cherry jus) and Aikmans (two choices: confit duck with tamarillo and chocolate ravioli and a wild mushroom medley and smoked duck breast supreme on a bed of spinach, roasted carrot...