Saturday, February 13, 2010

opera in the park

Nelson held its 11th annual "Opera in the Park" event. They brought in the Vector Wellington Orchestra along with a number of vocalists and put on a huge outdoor concert. The concert was held down by the beachfront as we looked back up toward the hills of Nelson; an absolutely beautiful setting. And to top it off, it was free! A huge crowd attended and most everyone brought along a picnic of some kind with loads of fabulous NZ wine being consumed. The event was touted as a "pack it in/ pack it out" affair. People were encouraged to bring their own "crockery", take out with you whatever you brought in, and create zero waste. They provided compost bins but no garbage cans. And you know what, it works. A free bus service was also available to various points in town. A well-behaved, respectful crowd enjoyed 5 hours of entertainment on a beautiful summer evening capped off by a fireworks display accompanied by the performance of Ravel's Bolero by the orchestra. It was a magical evening!

I have attempted to attach a video to this blog. This is a first for me. It takes a while to load, the lighting isn't great, but it does give you a feel for the venue and a look at the sunset. Good luck viewing it.

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