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Landings at Akaroa French Festival 2022

Save the Date. AKAROA FRENCH FESTIVAL 29, 30 April & 1 May 2022.  Call 021 527184 to be a part of history. Your history.

Be a part of our historic re-enactment on Akaroa beach!

30 April 2022 8.30 to 10am 


Kia Ora dear friends and supporters, 

On behalf of the Akaroa Community Arts Council, we would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support and understanding at this time. 

We are heartened and extremely grateful for all of your positive messages of support regarding the postponement of ‘Landings’ at Akaroa French Festival, because of the current COVID-19 restrictions.


We are now really excited to confirm our new date for ‘Landings’ as April 30th, 2022.


We are really looking forward to welcoming you all back to rehearsals! And to be able to then fully  enjoy all that the fabulous, fun filled Akaroa French Festival has to offer over the weekend of 29, 30 April and 1 May. 


In the meantime stay safe and well, we can do this 🙂

With grateful thanks, tena koutou katoa,

John Harding – ‘Landings’ Director

Marie Connolly – ACAC Chair

Lesley Burkes-Harding – ACAC Artistic Director 


ACAC is thrilled to be a part of Akaroa French Festival for the third time – we love this gig! 

John Harding will again write and direct the play and Lesley Burkes-Harding will costume everyone in glorious period detail.

If you haven’t seen the play before, we tell the stories of all whenua who came to call our beautiful Banks Peninsula/Horomaka home. Mana Whenua, followed by the first European settlers – salty old whalers and those first intrepid souls that sailed from France and Germany in 1840 on the Comte de Paris.


Of course you don’t have to be in the play- please come and watch; we present a fun living history performance with music from the Wellington Sea Shanty Society and repeat performances from our dear friends Michael Hurst, Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Christchurch’s own Mulletman – aka Nathan Bonner as the adventurous Captain Langlois.

Bring a beach chair, a blanket and possibly a raincoat in case of inclement weather. A nice hottie is a great idea also – we start at 8.30 and it is October in Akaroa! 


If you’d like to represent your ancestors in the play (or someone else’s) please see the attachment below for further information and contact Lesley on


See you there!