WORD Festival

Launched in 1997, WORD Christchurch is a world-class festival of literature, politics, culture and ideas – all things that are resonate with us at University of Canterbury.

University of Canterbury staff, alumni and students have supported WORD Christchurch festivals throughout all its iterations over the years, speaking about their books, interviewing other authors, chairing panel discussions and attending sessions.

In 2021, the University and WORD Christchurch formalised this relationship with a partnership agreement. Despite postponement due to Covid-19, the 2021 festival went ahead in a hybrid form with some events and authors appearing online.

UC is delighted to develop our partnership with WORD Christchurch, including with hosting Schools Day events for secondary students. We look forward to continuing to support the largest literary festival in the South Island.

Word festival 2021