Light Nelson

Nelson City lights up in the winter time with Light Nelson, when the Queens Gardens, Albion Square and NMIT campus become host to an outdoor gallery of brilliant art installations. 

The night-time event is an irresistible mix of a garden walk in the clear dark night of winter with magic moments of illusion, beauty, interaction and fun.

Through an exciting mix of art, science and technology, artists and community members alike let their creativity loose via a range of innovative media including solar energy, laser technology, digital imagery, performance and music, culminating in an extraordinary showcase that delivers interaction and wonder for tens of thousands of viewers.

After its inaugural outing in 2013, Light Nelson has become established as a key biennial event on the Nelson Tasman calendar, with 2016 showcasing an incredible 62 light installations. In 2018, Light Nelson is set to attract an anticipated audience of up to 60,000 people over five nights.

Project Manager Sophie Kelly is enthusiastic about the event. “It’s so incredible that Light Nelson has become such a celebrated event in such a short time,” she says. “We’re absolutely thrilled at the community support, and the way the event continues to grow and evolve. We can’t wait to present the 2018 light installations, and to see the joy they bring to so many people.”

Light Nelson 2018 will be staged from 6 to 10 July, featuring works by Nelson Tasman locals and select invited guest artists. Light Nelson boldly stands out in winter as a beacon for the local community and visitors alike, and as a huge bonus factor, admission to the event is free.

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