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We’re back!

We have a new name, new dates and new locations around the city.

With our new name, Te Ramaroa, we’ll be bringing all the joys and excitement of a mid-winter light festival to you on 9-13 July 2021.

This year, there will be light installations throughout the Nelson CBD, including Cathedral Hill and various laneways, as well as the NMIT Arts&Media building and one major work in the Queens Gardens.

Te Ramaroa will light up the city with dozens of fantastical, magical, wondrous lights, so pop the dates in your diary and see you in July.

We can’t wait!

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The next Te Ramaroa Event will take place from 9 - 13 July 2021.
Submissions for artist proposals have closed and all successful applicants have been notified.

Te Ramaroa is a free outdoor event featuring a dazzling array of installations. Te Ramaroa celebrates the alluring qualities of light - to illuminate, transform, and to make a winters night a while lot more magical.

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Te Ramaroa is a celebration of community and creativity

We love how the community shapes the spirit of Te Ramaroa. Remember that most of the installations are made by folk from the community – school teachers, chocolate makers, scientists, distillers, electricians and the like, so although there are some professional artists in the mix, most works were created in people’s spare time, in their lounge room, and with an unlimited amount of passion and commitment (and endless patience and encouragement from their family and friends!).

And at the event itself, there was an incredibly strong sense of community, most evident, perhaps, in the Hardy Street Hub, where people gathered (especially around that brazier) to have a chat, swap favourites and must-sees, meet the roving entertainers, and a enjoy a tasty treat from the food stalls.

Here's a little video to relive the magic!

Light Nelson Collective

The Collective is the birthplace of the Light Nelson event (now Te Ramaroa) and remains its creative engine. The Collective provides a supportive, educational and creative environment that is open to everybody. It's an opportunity to share ideas, skills, collaborate on projects or even just socialise with like-minded people. You can join on-line discussions and keep up with activities on the Collective Facebook page and you may also wish to sign up to the Collective mailing list

For further information contact [email protected]