In October 2019 Barnaby was the creative director of the major event at Christchurch’s biannual Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA). FEASTA! was a vibrant celebration of architecture, community and food. An estimated 12,000-14,000 people attended, though as many stayed for hours to enjoy the range of installations, activities, food and performances on offer, it was difficult for organisers to determine an exact figure. For this celebration of collaboration, city-making and food, local businesses, performers, artists and musicians activated the spaces created by 17 imaginative artistic and architectural installations, which all explored the theme of food and Christchurch’s ongoing relationship with it. It was a night of warmth and of people gathering in their city centre to enjoy a showcase of urban creativity. From food vendors and the construction industry to design and architecture students, as well as professionals and the public, people from all walks of life came together to experience a reimagined Christchurch and they collectively transformed a city block.
Barnaby worked closely with over a dozen groups of design and architecture students from Universities around New Zealand and Australia and with New Zealand artists to create a strong vision for the festival that prioritised activist experimentation and public engagement with issues of food and eating.
Thanks to FESTA for the images.