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Want to be a part of TE RAMAROA 2021

Nelson’s much-loved light festival has been rescheduled to 9-13 July 2021 with a new name – Te Ramaroa – and new locations across 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.

Get Involved
Te Ramaroa is for the whole community – everyone is encouraged to get involved by coming along to enjoy the spectacle, helping with a community project, submitting a proposal for an installation or volunteering to help at the event itself.


Put yourself in the light and be part of this fantastic community event!

From crowd control to face painting, staging Te Ramaroa and keeping it free and safe takes a few hours from people like you – our wonderful volunteers.

In 2021, Te Ramaroa will run over five nights from 9 – 13 July, open to the public from 5.30 – 9.30pm each evening.

It’s a great event to be part of! Sure you need to rug up, but your reward is in the wonderful comments from our audience…and the shining eyes of little kids in their pyjamas who are laying down lifetime memories of the very special community they grew up in.

To spread the load we require over 100 volunteers for the event, each ideally committing to 2 or 3 shifts over the five nights. Each shift will be just 2.5 hours as we will rotate helpers over a split shift schedule.

Please fill in the volunteer information and we’ll be back to you prior to the event with details of this year’s registration and briefing sessions.

Apply Now
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