Historic building set for summer sparkle

Dunedin Midwinter Carnival Summer Lights artistic director Hannah Johnston inspects some of the lanterns before they go on display at the Loan and Mercantile building on the Dunedin waterfront this week.

The historic building in Thomas Burns St will sparkle with a mix of lanterns, projections, music and performance from tomorrow until Saturday.

Ms Johnston said the building was once a grain store and had not been used for many years.

Photo: Peter McIntosh
Photo: Peter McIntosh

It was being renovated by owner Russell Lund, but the area used for the display would still be in a similar condition to when it was a working grain store, which would add an evocative atmosphere to the event.

Performers, including dancers from the Brophy Aerials Dance School, will help bring the spaces to life, while a series of projections by Lady Lazer Light (Erica Sklenars) will add a new dimension from previous carnival events.

A unique soundtrack will also be played by local musician and composer Kerian Varaine and further musical elements contributed by Alastair Galbraith.

"This is a very unique event that showcases the creative talent of Dunedin and a wonderful historic building," she said.

"It’s a real one-off event that will never be repeated, which makes it really special."

The event aims to raise funds for a place to permanently display the organisation’s lanterns. 

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