Chinese market a way of giving back

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07 Oct 2011

A Chinese-themed market organised by CPIT event management students for Sunday 16 October, 12- 2pm, will go some way to making up for the cancelled Chinese Lantern Festival, which is traditionally held in Victoria Square.

“It’s on a smaller scale of course, but it is still something for families,” CPIT Graduate Diploma Event Management student Kirsty Bliss said.

Kirsty, with fellow students Elaine Yang Yang Ma and Peggy Tianyu Wang, approached Riccarton House with their proposal to give the venue’s Sunday Artisan market a Chinese makeover. Event Manager for Riccarton House Holly Andrews was very accommodating – as a graduate of the same CPIT programme she was familiar with both the quality of training and the importance of practical experience for the students.

The Christchurch Chinese Association drummers, Confucius Institute dumpling workshops and calligraphy demonstrations are among the drawcards on the day. The CPIT student team has organised all aspects of the event from the production schedule to the risk management plan and they are hoping for a turnout of up to 500 people for the Chinese entertainment and stalls. “It’s all good planning for a real life event,” Kirsty said.

Kirsty has also completed an internship with the city council’s rugby fanzone as part of her programme and after graduating hopes to work in community events in Christchurch. “It’s nice to give something back,” she said.

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