Late-night initiative to add vibrancy

Last updated 10:36 28/05/2014

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Whales, earthquakes, photographs, art and shopping will be part of an eclectic mix on offer in central Nelson tomorrow night.

The first Late Night on Hardy, an initiative from a group of Hardy St retailers who want to inject more life into the city after hours, runs tomorrow, from 5.30pm to 8pm.

It will feature Kaikoura-based author and educator Barbara Todd, who will talk about her recently published work, Whales and Dolphins of Aotearoa New Zealand, at Shine.

Nelson carver Brian Flintoff will also be a guest artist at the store.

Next door at Craig Potton Store + Gallery, the photographer and artist will talk about his works.

The Nelson Provincial Museum is also coming to the party, keeping its doors open until 8pm, giving visitors extra time to take in its Canterbury earthquakes exhibition which closes on Monday.

Museum director Peter Millward said the late night initiative was a great chance for people to visit the exhibition after work, and get a bite to eat, explore galleries and shop.

"It's a lovely idea," he said.

One of the event organisers, Jo Menary, from Shine, said the initiative aimed to create a collaborative retailing community and add vibrancy to the street's cluster of unique shops after hours.

The idea was sparked by a trip to Wellington, where Catherine Potton found art galleries in Cuba St banded together to open late once a month.

Late Night on Hardy will be held on the last Thursday of every month.

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- The Nelson Mail

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