Big noise at Little Day Out

00:44, Feb 10 2014
Little Day Out 2014
Cooling off in the shade. Belinda Crisp of Nelson with three-year old Mia (left) joins Jodie Allan of Stoke with 17-month old Elise, and Andrew Barnett of Stoke with four-year old Annabelle
Little Day Out 2014
Five-year old Holly Watson of Nelson checks out an interesting instrument during Sunday's Victory Community Association Little Day Out.
Little Day Out 2014
Lou-Darcie Lewis of Nelson and her four year old son Lennon warm up on one of her home-made instruments during Sunday's Victory Community Association Little Day Out in Victory Square.
Little Day Out 2014
Eight year old Freedom West and eleven year old Whaitiri Lomax, both of Nelson, make musical instruments
Little Day Out 2014
Fifteen year old Mikala Hannen (left) and eleven year old Scout Myers dance to the music.

An ensemble of trash turned to instruments, volleyball and a range of musical acts all made Victory Square's Little Day Out a success, say organisers.

The annual event to celebrate the diverse community featured local food stores, rides, games and plenty of music.

Little Day Out coordinator Andrea Baker said while participant numbers were down this year, it was still a great day.

"It was hot, the weather was almost too good, some people came and left because it was so hot," she said.

Numbers were about half of what they had in the past, with an estimated 1500 attending the day.

The day was centered around setting a world record for the largest amateur trash band ensemble, she said.


Participants were encouraged to fashion their own instruments out of found objects and then they played together for about three minutes.

The ensemble of about 150 people was filmed and will be on the Victory community Association Facebook page once edited.

Victory Community Association (VCA) coordinator Trish Walshe enjoyed the diverse music at the festival. Groups included DOT, the Zomi Community Band and the Tava Sisters.

"It was a diverse range of bands, which was good because it was multicultural".

"The event brings the whole community together, there's a diverse range of cultures in Victory so we make the day for everyone in the community."

Ms Walshe said it wasn't' just for Victory, there were people from all over Nelson and Richmond at the event.

Other than celebrating their community, they were also raising funds for it through a raffle and selling drinks.

While she did not know how much was raised yet, she said the fundrasier was "quite successful" and the money would go towards initiatives for the VCA this year, like planting more in the community garden and putting on other events.

Ms Walshe particularly enjoyed the Tava Sister's music and said the teenage audience were well catered for with activities put on by the Truck, a mobile community initiative that puts on events and activities for teenagers in Nelson.

Truck worker Callum Huntly said they were also giving out water and sunscreen.

He estimated they had about 60 teenagers taking part in their activities through the day.

"It was really good, the people in Victory make really good music," he said.