Already a popular open air event space for farmer’s markets and silent discos, Kirby Lane will host a noodle market as part of Nelson’s inaugural Four Lanes Festival on August 31.
Nelson’s narrow thoroughfares are soon to get a broader appreciation with the start of The Four Lanes Festival just over a fortnight away.
Utilising four linked precincts designed to celebrate the themes of culture, retail, hospitality and art, the initiative is being led by Nelson City Council in conjunction with Uniquely Nelson.
Taking place on Saturday August 31, the event is being promoted as “a little late-winter sparkle of surprise and delight, hidden gems and family favourites.”
A noodle market at Kirby Lane is expected to fill the open-air space connecting New and Bridge Streets, while public art creations and wall projections will feature at nearby Fiddle Lane.
The Old Bank Reserve laneway linking Hardy St with Buxton Square will transform into a live performance space including circus acts and kapa haka.
In the space between Hardy and Selwyn Pl, Morrison Square will become a Latin Quarter of dancing, live music and themed food.
Nelson City Council city centre development programme lead Alan Gray said most of the entertainment would be free to make it as inclusive as possible.
“We would like to really make this a regular event as part of council’s aim to keep the central city vibrant in the colder months. We have timed this new event to complement Light Nelson on the social calendar.”
The event begins at 3pm, but Gray hoped people would stay in town to enjoy the full programme and have something to eat.
“The entertainment will change throughout the afternoon and evening so it’s not necessarily a single walk-through.
“The hot air balloon, for example, tethered beside the Ferris wheel in Buxton Square carpark, will look quite magical after dark.”
Community services committee chair Gaile Noonan said part of the thinking behind the concept was to have engaging activities happening in less traditional parts of the city.
“Trafalgar Street, by its nature of being our main street, does get the bulk of the action,” Gaile says.
“Here, we’re wanting to give people an experiential sensation in the heart of Nelson city that’s a little bit different to existing events – shifts the energy around a little. The Four Lanes Festival is going to do just that!”
Uniquely Nelson’s Simon Duffy said the new festival was a welcome addition to the city’s festival calendar, alongside October’s Nelson Arts Festival, while the second Classic Car Street Hop on November 3 would also bring 10,000 people into the city centre.
“There are plenty of reasons to come out and have some fun,” he said.