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Schools Out in the CBD!

By Vanessa Williams - Hamilton Central Business Association

8th July 2019

School is officially out for the holidays and the CBD is packed with a range of activities and experiences to be enjoyed by all!

Speakatube, installed in Civic Square, provides a brightly coloured backdrop to Centre Place Mall and the opportunity for a fun interactive conversation. 10 metre-long pipes, configured like colourful waves, utilises old school analogue technology allowing voices to be whispered in at one end of a tube and be heard at the other end. Share a secret, make some noise and have fun with korero (conversation) with this quirky interactive sound sculpture for the whole family, installed until 24 July.

A second installation on offer in the CBD is Contained Luminescence, an installation exploring Matariki through abstract artworks, lighting and sound. Available to visit in the Hamilton Central Business Association offices, corner of Garden Place and Victoria Street (341 Victoria Street). This installation allows audiences to take part in the experience rather than just observing, providing the opportunity to become immersed in the creative world, installed until 28 July.


It's rough! It’s tough! It’s on! If sport is your thing then we recommend coming down to Embassy Park on 12 July at 7pm to see Hurling on the big screen. Hurling, the worlds fastest and most skillful field sport and dating back over 4,000 years, will be played in all its glory as Wexford take on Kilkenny in the 2019 Leinster Final. Free screening, all welcome! Proudly sponsored by Burger Bro and Hamilton Central Business Association.


July will also welcome back to the city after 40 years the New Zealand Brass Band Championships. Over 30 brass bands will descend on Hamilton to compete for coveted titles and trophies over four epic days. A highlight for the CBD will be 28 brass bands taking over the streets for the annual ‘Parade of Bands’ at 12.30pm on Friday 12 July. Road closures will be in place down Bryce, Barton and London Streets.


CBD theatres have fantastic school holiday offerings with The Meteor running a modern-day comedy version of The Prince and The Pea and Clarence Street Theatre offering two much loved shows Room on a Broom and Disney’s The Lion King Jr.

Waikato Museum, Hamilton Libraries and Animates NZ all have school holiday programmes running and the hospitality sector has a range of kid friendly promotions available and grown-up friendly options too! If you’re looking for activities the CBD boasts a variety of options: bowling, escape rooms, board games, fun zones, movies, mini putt, electric bikes and much more.

Click here to see a full calendar of CBD activities and events.