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Tirama Mai involves a series of innovative lighting installations, projections, and illuminated artworks created by some of Canterbury's best lighting artists.
It will run until July 10, between 6pm to 11pm every night.
"We've taken our lighting festival and moved it out of the botanic gardens and into the central city and New Brighton this year.
"It's free to attend and we've spaced it. Bring your families, your friends, and prams. You won't be pushed up against everyone else it will just be a wonderful time for everyone."
Installations will be located around the Arts Centre, Worcester Boulevard, Victoria Square, Otakaro Avon River Precinct, New Regent St, and New Brighton.
Event producer Amanda Fiddes said the event is quite unique to Christchurch.
"We've never brought an event of this scale to the CBD so it is super exciting.
"We've got a full walkway of lights down from the Riverside Market all the way to Victoria Square. Then you'll be able to walk up Worcester Boulevard and there's a whole load more action up there."
Fiddes said entertainment will also be on offer at the event.
The spectacular replaces the event usually planned for Guy Fawkes.
As well as the fireworks, there will be live music in New Brighton Mall – where the market will also be – from 6pm and there will be an aerial show at the nearby basketball court.
- Find out more about the event here.