Accessible List of Installations

1. Interactive Games

Aura Interactive

SuperNatural Studio

Ever wonder what your energy looks like when you move? Connect with your shadow to paint dreamlike patterns, dance in coloured liquid smoke and collaborate on real-time art with people around you. Let your aura make beautiful waves.


Glo Slo
The Spinnakers

Glo Slo is an interactive whirly-burly feature, made with recycled items.


2. Infinity Window

APL Emerge Nelson/Marlborough

Look into the window and experience the illusion of an endless space. The reflections appear to get smaller and smaller as they fade into infinity.


3. Timeless

40+ artists globally

This projected digital art takes us on a journey through time and space, travelling through different universes, all while keeping the heritage building as a constant, timeless feature.


4. Unreliable Artefacts

Lee Woodman, Nelson

Unreliable Artefacts invents fictional narratives in central cityscapes, to enhance and draw attention to otherwise unremarkable alleys and places.


5. Radius

Klaasz Breukel

A series of hypnotic abstractions – images, colours, light and glitches.


6. Under Your Skin

Quin Dental, Nelson

In a country filled with diverse languages, cultures and traditions, it’s important to remember that beneath our unique exteriors we are all fundamentally alike.


7. Galaxiies

Project Mahitahi, Nelson City Council

A cosmos of sparkling whitebait twinkle and dance above the waters of the Mahitahi. Special UV torches will help you discover the unique and varied species of Galaxiids.


8. Āniwaniwa

Cille Mheanaidhdottir

Look around and see a dragon’s fire illuminating crystals suspended from the trees. Look at your companions to see them covered in sparkling rainbows!


9. Matariki ahunga nui, Matariki hunga nui

RMM Landscape Architects with Victory Primary School

A collaborative work where students were part of creating an artwork on a large scale. The work acknowledges the school's whakapapa, inspired by Te Iwa o Matariki.


10. Simon

Drew McGlashen

Watch, Remember, Repeat! Did you play Simon in the 80s - that crazy electronic memory game with the four coloured lights and tones? Now you can play again on a grand scale!


11. The Dark and the Light
Maggy J

These three chandeliers celebrate the work of women, pre-used materials that are destined for landfill, and the beauty and mystery of shadows created by projected light.


12. Stalactite
Jarrod Barrow

Stalactite takes a rarely seen, naturally occurring dark part of nature, and juxtaposes it with metals, plastics and LEDs for a modern take on this incredible natural structure.


13. Return Delivery II
Sue Heydon

Step into Nelson’s 19th century Trout Hatchery to see wondrous creatures floating from the ceiling. The glowing lanterns are show the development of trout ova into juvenile fish.


14. Illuminated Objects
NMIT Te Pūkenga Students

A series of works by current Art & Media Students, exploring the many qualities, aspects and effects of light.


15. Scope
Klaasz Breukel & Ellen Cieraad

Consider the dark side of light, as Scope illuminates the shadows and invites you to participate in our online questionnaire on the topic of lit-up nights.


16. Ko Hinemoa, ko ahau
Shift Collective

Love’s vibrations can create energy that leads to transitions, transformation and moments of great change. Just like the whakataukii ‘Ko Hinemoa, ko ahau’, we must risk all for love.


17. Dot Matrix
Shane Hobson

Dot Matrix is 2500 illuminated switches where you can flick the switches to create words and lo-res graphics.


18. The Bubble Room & Wall of Wonder
Mr Science

An interactive installation for all ages, where everyone can blow bubbles and be amazed at the display of light and colour. There’s also a wall of LCD monitors to capture the action.


19. Sundara Light Dances
Cultural Conversations

Take a moment during the festival to enjoy our cosy space decorated with saris and lights. Enjoy the illuminated movement of dancing textiles and South Asian dance.


20. Global Stitch Up
Cultural Conversations Crochet Group

Imagine a magical winter wonderland, with little tents and sparkling lights, Colombian style snowballs, and Ojo de Dios, drawing on winter memories from around the world.


21. Loop
NMIT Te Pūkenga

Nine students use video and animation to explore themes of home, patterns, equality, light, AI, glitches, horror, mindfulness and comfort food!


22. Vesak Lantern
Nilantha manjula Nammuni arachchi

Vesak is one of Sri Lanka’s most spectacular festivals, commemorating the birth, enlightenment and passing of Buddha. This hand-built large-scale lantern showcases Sri Lankan culture.


23. Phonogram
Simon Holden & Angus Muir

A stunning light and sound instrument that encourages you to play with its glowing pixels as well as its interactive soundscape.


24. Firefly
Chloe Loftus

Chloe Loftus brings whimsical magic to Te Ramaroa once again with Firefly. Every night at 6pm, 7pm & 8pm. Each performance is just 6mins long.


25. Bloom
Angus Muir & Harris Keenan

A larger-than life vase, holding an abundant display of stylised flowers. The bright, vivid colours and neon designs radiate an electric kaleidoscope of untamed beauty.


26. The Pulse
Daryl Smith and Ben Foot, ProjektNZ

Look up at the Cathedral’s belltower, where projections melds technology, architecture and imagination, bridging the gap between the tangible and the ethereal.


27. Dreaming in Laser Beams
Lightcraft Lasers

Try your hand at controlling lasers as they drift and float through the trees to live generated soundscapes. Get hands-on with the generator to create unique audio-visual explorations.


28. Moketapu Light & Shadows
Nelson Intermediate School, Nelson

A group of students in the STEAM learning programme have used light and shadows to tell a story, capturing a moment in time projected onto the tent walls.


29. The Giggle Tree
Hannah Walker

The Giggle Tree is a catalyst to plant the seed of amusement, to grow and spread laughter, to create a sense of unity and connection, and to cultivate a forest of light-hearted laughter.


30. Glass
Erica Sklenars and Ben Foot, ProjektNZ

An immersive art installation that transforms the entrance of the cathedral into a mesmerising display of animated imagery, taking inspiration from stained glass windows.


31. Cathedral By Candlelight
Nelson Cathedral

See our Cathedral in a whole new light when the interior is lit up with candles. This is the perfect place to have a little sit-down on your travels around Te Ramaroa.


32. Hyphae
Lynda Duncan

Hyphae uses organic materials including wax and strands of hair. Over the five night, the pieces communicate and connect, making and decisions about where they will branch out.


33. Flight of the Piwakawaka

An installation about home and the nuclear family – from sunrise, through the day's journey, to our welcome return at sunset.


34. Neon Sculptures & Glassblowing

See glass come to life in a series of glassblowing demonstations.


35. Matariki
Te Oro Hā

Be embraced in a sanctuary of sounds, voices and projections, carrying the stories of Matariki. Told by Te Ora Ha with art by Ashia Te Moananui, installed by Lee Woodman.


36. Under the Sea Light and Movement
Ministry of Inspiration

An immersive and interactive experience of sea creatures, light, shadow, and motion.


37. Nga Manawataki o te Koiora; Biorhythms
Uncalculated (aka Rewa Wright & Simon Howden)

A projection-mapping and installation piece that takes you on a journey into a computerised transduction of the forest, rivers and oceans of Aotearoa/New Zealand.


38. The Suter Art Gallery
The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū

The Suter is staying open until 8:30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, with two exhibitions that feature light.


39. Community Stage
A different line-up every night

Every night a different line-up, from blues and rock n roll, to Bollywood dance groups and a Vanuatu group ensemble - Nelson sure has the goods when it comes to talent!


40. Food & Drinks
Kirby Lane, upper Trafalgar St, Morrison Sq & Queens Gardens

Looking at light installations can build up a real hunger, and so we have some fantastic options for you to refuel, and get back out there.

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