Diverscity: Community Showcase Project

Dates: November 2016 – Current

Project Description

Diverscity is a series of  several community-led projects which aim to showcase the cultural diversity of Christchurch. Korean, Fijian-Indian, Chinese and Nigerian communities have been involved  to realise collaborative projects which showcase aspects of their culture for the wider public.

For Gap Filler, this project is about celebrating our city’s diversity and bringing greater visibility to cultural communities. Members of the communities involved say that the opportunity to work with Gap Filler on a project has given them the chance to be seen in the city beyond their own cultural festival and contribute to how Christchurch is perceived.

A common theme has also been encouraging members of cultural communities to participate in something that takes them beyond their usual community. We have learned a lot so far about other cultures and how to work successfully with members of these communities. The ways in which we communicate, relate and even our expectations and priorities are call rather culturally specific and it’s been great to be challenged on that a bit.

The projects range from K-Pop performances to table tennis, a contemplative space and public board games and have been developed in collaboration with members of various cultural communities. All phases take place outside in public spaces.

Project Details

Project Number: 73
Dates: November 2016 – Current
Location: Oxford Street, Central City
Values: Community Engagement, Collaboration, Leadership & Creativity
Partners: CCBA,  Korean Association
Sponsors: Rotary, New Zealand Red Cross, COGS
Volunteers TBC.

#1 – KPOP (Korea)

The first project that Gap Filler supported was heats for K-Pop – a Korean song and dance performance competition – held  at the Dance-O-Mat on November 5, 2016. The aim was to make the event more accessible and visible to the greater Christchurch public, encouraging more people to enter and watch.
“The Korean community dispersed after the earthquakes, we thought this was a great initiative to bring the community back together. And it’s fun!” says Chai KIm, the event organiser.

Thank you to Chai Kim and the whole Korean Association for their support of this phase.

#2 – Ping Pong (China)

The next instalment of Diverscity is called Ping Pong and launched on December 10, 2016 with table tennis tables in the city. They are located at the western end of Cashel Mall and will remain there til Autumn, 2017. This project is being undertaken in collaboration with the Chinese Cultural Association (NZ) Inc. Three innovative concrete table tennis tables, created by local company C Lund & Son, are available for public use any time over the summer. BYO bats and balls or borrow them from a nearby local business for a refundable deposit. Click here for details.

Special Thanks to; Robbin Wang (Chinese Cultural Association), Jane, Helen, Tracey McKeefry and Corty Denton from PSP Ltd for the ‘nets’. C Lund & Son. Therapy, Cosmic, The Warehouse ; for their support of this phase.

Special thanks to:
Robbin Wang and Helen Huang (CCA), Jane Song (Canterbury Migrants Trust), Jamie at C Lund and Sons, Tracey McKeefry and Cory Denton from PSP Ltd for the ‘nets’, C Lund & Son, Richard Harcourt (SplitN2@.com), Richard Barnacle, Josh and Connor from CCC, Mark Carswell (Cosmic Corner), Coffee Therapy, Table Tennis Canterbury, Mike from the Sumner Table Tennis Club, Murray at Consortium and Hawkins Construction.

# 3 TBC (Nigeria) and #4 TBC (Fijian-Indian community)

Phase two of this project in the new year will see projects in collaboration with the Fijian-Indian and Nigerian community realised in the city. While still under development, they will involve a contemplative space and public board games. If there are any other cultural community groups that wish to be involved in realising a public project to showcase, get in touch!