Recent news about Nelson and RWC 2011
A 3D digital projection on a scale normally seen only in major cities has taken the small city of Nelson by storm, drawing huge crowds from darkness each evening. Created for the Nelson Arts Festival and REAL NZ Festival, Piki Mai is an audio visual artwork which transforms Nelson’s Christ Church Cathedral and the Church Steps into a vibrant pulsing wall of colour and movement. Snapshots of Nelson’s history are brought to life as the Boulder Bank forms, Cathedrals rise and fall, war precedes prosperity, rockets fly and time is warped right in front of your eyes.
The live Rugby action at Trafalgar Park might have come to an end, but at the other end of Trafalgar Street, fans can still be at the heart of the action for the semi-finals and The Final of Rugby World Cup 2011 in a specially created Fanzone in Nelson.
Michael Hodgson and his team of digital collaborators arrived in Nelson yesterday to commence the technical set up for Piki Mai, an audio visual artwork that will transform Nelson’s Christ Church Cathedral and the Church Steps into a vibrant pulsing wall of colour and movement creating illusion on a grand scale. Piki Mai weaves hints of the story of Nelson drawing imagery, text and audio from earlier times to create a narrative tracing the beginning of time to a world beyond.
A line up of Nelson’s best loved bands has been announced to entertain the crowds in the Nelson Rugby World Cup 2011 Fanzone from 6pm prior to the semi-finals and The Final. Entry to the Fanzone is free, and offers a great opportunity to enjoy a diverse range of local bands spanning an eclectic mix of music styles.
Thanks to support from Rugby World Cup 2011 sponsor ANZ Bank, Nelson spectators will be able to show their team colours at tonight’s and Saturday’s matches.
An estimated six thousand spectators turned out today to celebrate Nelson’s unique position as the Birthplace of Rugby in New Zealand in a re-enactment of the first game which took place in Nelson on 14 May 1870. Teams from Nelson College and Nelson Rugby Club - also known as “The Town” team - faced off once 141 years after the first game, and once again Nelson Rugby Club were the winners on the day, winning three goals to one.
When Nelson College and Nelson Rugby Club compete in the Re-enactment of the First Game of Rugby in NZ at the Botanics Reserve on 20 September, it will not just be the replica uniforms that date back to 1870.
Organisers are advising spectators to arrive early at the Botanics Reserve to secure a good viewing spot at the Re-enactment of the First Game of Rugby on 20 September. Areas will be set aside for people who bring along their own seating, with designated areas for low and high chairs, and there will be plenty of standing space for spectators.
On 20 September, 1200 students from Nelson College will walk from the school, down upper Trafalgar St, in a procession led by the College Staff, the Mayor, Old Boys and the Nelson College Rugby team who will be playing in the Re-enactment of the First Game of Rugby that afternoon.
Enforcement of the Major Events Management Act (MEMA) rules is now a high priority with the first match in Nelson just days away.