Get Involved

Te Ramaroa is for the whole community – everyone is encouraged to get involved by coming along to enjoy the spectacle, helping with a community project, submitting a proposal for an installation or volunteering to help at the event itself.


Artists applications for the 2021 Te Ramaroa event have closed and all successful applicants have been notified.

Click here to find out more: Artist Submissions


The Luminaries are a pivotal group who together provide significant support to the Te Ramaroa Trust, financially us helping to stage this event and thereby ensuring that it remains free for the whole community to enjoy.

While we have great support from the Nelson City Council, funding agencies and corporate sponsors, we know there are other people and small businesses who would love to show their support.

Benefits for Luminaries who donate more than $500 include:

  • An invitation for up to two people to our exclusive Te Ramaroa launch event
  • A special pass for up to two people to the Luminary Lounge
  • Te Ramaroa E-news to keep up with developments
  • A mention in full credit listings on our website (if desired)

To find out more about becoming a Te Ramaroa Luminary, please download our Luminaries brochure here, or contact our fundraising team on [email protected].


Te Ramaroa is proud (and grateful!) to have gathered the support of some of Nelson’s key organisations and industries. There is always room for new sponsors and we welcome the opportunity to discuss ways we might work together to benefit your business and to enhance Te Ramaroa. Find out more about our family of sponsors here or contact us at [email protected]


Put yourself in the light and be part of this fantastic community event!

From crowd control to face painting, staging Te Ramaroa and keeping it free and safe takes a few hours from people like you – our wonderful volunteers.

In 2021, Te Ramaroa will run over five nights from 9 - 13 July, open to the public from 5.30 – 9.30pm each evening.

It’s a great event to be part of! Sure you need to rug up, but your reward is in the wonderful comments from our audience…and the shining eyes of little kids in their pyjamas who are laying down lifetime memories of the very special community they grew up in.

To spread the load we require over 100 volunteers for the event, each ideally committing to 2 or 3 shifts over the five nights. Each shift will be just 2.5 hours as we will rotate helpers over a split shift schedule.

Please fill in the volunteer information and we’ll be back to you prior to the event with details of this year’s registration and briefing sessions.


Volunteers at Light Nelson Festival

Fill out our Volutneer Form

  • Please tick your preferred days
  • Please choose the Early or the Late shift.
  • (tick as many as you like):
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2018 - Perceptual Engineering - A Trip Into the Nature of Being - Image by Ana Galloway
Delainy Kennedy and Sam Hodgson-, United Intergalactic Network, Light Nelson 2014