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There are three dance shows at the festival: <em>Romeo and Juliet</em> (left), <em>Beyond Calligraphy</em> (right) and <em>The Absurdity of Humanity</em> (not pictured).

There are three dance shows at the festival: Romeo and Juliet (left), Beyond Calligraphy (right) and The Absurdity of Humanity (not pictured).

The Christchurch Arts Festival is promising to present its biggest international line-up ever with artists from 14 countries all heading to Christchurch and rubbing shoulders with home-grown talent.

The festival will feature more than 50 shows and events spread across 19 days.

Some highlights include Australia’s “divine Discoteque Circus”, Velvet, comedy show Chef: Come Dine with Us, and Olivier Grossetete’s Ephemeral City, where a sky-high cardboard building will be constructed, then demolished the following day, plus much more.

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