Nelson Leader : April 21st 2016
Webconnects cultures School Skype marathon p9 The Leader Thursday, April 21, 2016 Founderscomes alive Anzac Fete p18 Nelson edition Stoke I Tahunanui I Nelson I Atawhai I French Pass I Rai Valley nelsonleader.co.nz Ma Li, left and Mu Bar as part of the Sukita Project are working on a weaving project for Light Nelson in July. PHOTO: MARTIN DE RUYTER/FAIRFAX NZ Kayan refugees light up Nelson SARA MEIJ Nelson’s Kayan community will be showing off its culture and weaving skills to tens of thousands of visitors at this year’s Light Nelson. The installation is one of forty works of art that are being showcased at the winter light festival. Light Nelson selection panelist Caroline Marshall said the organising team was looking for installations incorporating all a Two Studios available now One Villa under refurbishment & available soon It’s all about lifestyle variety of different aspects of life such as science, fantasy and new technology. Calls went out to artists late last year for works to be part of Light Nelson 2016. ‘‘We’re really excited at the level of diversity, the wonderful mix of artists working collaboratively and the strong level of community input.’’ Marshall said the entry from the Kayan community was a ‘‘stand-out example embracing many of these criteria’’. The project, called Camplight, is being led by Sukita Project manager Kay Sneddon and artist and co-founder of Light Nelson John-Paul Pochin. The name reflects the light in the Thai camp where the refugees who fled Myanmar were held for 20 years before coming to Nelson. The project features 20 woven ceremonial banners, known as tungs, incorporating electrical thread connected to LEDs. The banners will be hung in a circle around a six metre stage, the ‘‘campfire’’, where members of the Kayan community will play on instruments they made in the Thai refugee camps from whatever waste material they could find. Pochin said the lay out of the installation is representative of the way the Kayan people ‘‘would come together in the refugee camps in Thailand’’. ‘‘It isn’t just weaving, it is a very skilful project. It’s allowing them to show their skills [and] also transfer them into a modern environment.’’ Sneddon said it was important that Nelson ‘‘embraces these people and make them feel like this is their home and that they are part of the community’’. The event was founded in 2013, attracting 10,000 visitors per night in their first year and 30,000 on one of the evenings in their second year. The numbers overcrowded the Queen’s Gardens, leading the team to pull the 2015 festival and take time off to plan the event’s future. • Full services - independent living through to hospital care • 24 hour registered nurse on site and trained staff • Diversional therapy - full activities programme • Friendly professional staff, warm & welcoming community • Central location, short walk to shops, parks and cafés Call Correne Berryman on 03 545 6059 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 156 Milton Street, Nelson.
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