Open City is all about celebrating the sweet, free things that make Christchurch interesting and special. This new project is a collaboration between Gap Filler and the All Right? Campaign.

The Open City project developed from the Gap Filler team questioning how things are given value in a city. So often, these things are attractions or activities that cost money – zoos, attractions and activities etc. We’re really interested in those little things that make the city interesting and different, but that cost no money. An amazing tree. A place to feed the ducks. A sweet place to skate.

So we’re developing a project that seeks to celebrate these things, but also share them. Kind of like a secret club that you want to join. It will centre around a parking meter in Cathedral Square that vends a different sort of ticket; instead of a parking ticket, it will vend a ‘sweet, free thing to do.’ And there will also be a web element to this project to allow anyone who wants to to add their sweet free thing to do or to locate things to do, online.

We’re delighted to be working with the All Right? campaign on this project who see lots of alignment with their kaupapa to support Cantabrians’ health and wellbeing. We’re also collaborating with McCarthy and MAKE Collective on the creative side of things, which is ace.

Testing: May
Launch: late June
We’ll be asking for your assistance with some BETA testing of the project, so stay tuned!