WORD Christchurch Festival 2021 will take place at Alert Level 2 with significantly reduced capacities in venues. Getting into the venue, seating and how you move around the festival will all operate a little differently, but all in the interests of keeping each other safe:

Before the event:

  • We strongly encourage you to get vaccinated before attending.
  • Stay home if you are unwell or if you have been asked to isolate yourself.
  • Scanning/signing in is mandatory to attend.
  • We ask you to wear a mask.
  • The main doors to The Piano will open 30 minutes before the advertised event start time. Please arrive at this time to allow for scanning and signing in, and browsing the bookshop.
  • Please avoid congregating at entrances or in small shared spaces such as the bathroom.
  • When paying for food or drinks, use contactless payment options if possible. You must be seated to consume food & beverages.

During the event:

  • All events are now general admission. Seating is no longer allocated. You will be required to sit in your bubble, ensuring there are two empty seats on either side of your group, and one empty seat above and below your group.

After the event:

  • Sadly there can be no book signings under Level 2, but you can still support the authors by purchasing their books – please do!
  • Please leave the venue promptly to make way for the next session.
  • You will need to leave the venue even if you are attending the next session.

Because venue capacity is limited at Level 2, if you miss out on in-venue tickets, you will still be able to buy livestream tickets to watch most events at home on your laptop / tablet / phone / TV. Sign up to the WORD mailing list to be notified when Livestream tickets go on sale.



If Christchurch is at Alert Level 3 or 4 when the festival begins, most events will run as livestreams to be watched at home on your laptop / tablet / phone / TV. Though these will simply be festival artists appearing via Zoom from their own homes, the conversation will be as brilliant as ever. If you are an existing in-venue ticket holder, you will automatically be sent livestream tickets to your events, and be entitled to a refund. If you hold livestream tickets, these are valid for Level 3/4 livestreams as well.



If you would like to support WORD Christchurch during these difficult times, we’d be grateful. You can make a donation using the form on the right, or sign up to become a supporter using the button below. Thank you!

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