Sci-fi met Victorian class at the Nelson/Tasman Hospice Big Night Out event. The Steam punk Fantasy themed fundraiser on Friday at Annesbrook Community Centre saw party-goers don goggles, frills, corsets and bowler hats to raise money for the new hospice build.
One of the Hospice Big Night Out organisers Nikki Cooper said she was “blown away” by how the 225 revellers embraced the genre and were “all decked out”.
She said it was great to see the effort people went to. “Everyone’s outfits were amazing. “When you do something like steam punk, it’s a little bit of a break-away from tradition.”
Steam punk is a style which combines historical elements with out-dated technological features inspired by science fiction.
The event started at 6pm and included a three-course-meal, an auction, a silent auction, a raffle and prizes for best dressed man and woman before everyone hit the dancefloor.
Cooper said the 23 auction items included two ‘A’ reserve tickets to the World of Wearable Arts event in Wellington, two backstage passes with the founder of WOW, Dame Suzie Moncrieff, and travel for two anywhere in the Pacific.
The support from the community is what made the evening “so successful”, Cooper said.
The four piece band, Headrush from Christchurch had everyone up on the dance floor. “It was a real party.”
All the proceeds from the event will go to the new hospice being built on Suffolk Road in Stoke.