Following the success of the first ever New Zealand Swap-O-Rama-Rama, the creative clothes recycling event will happen again this Saturday 19 Juneas part of the Lyttelton Winter Festival of Lights. From 11am till 4pm at Lyttelton Recreation Centre on Winchester Street, you’ll have the opportunity to alter, modify or embellish your swap finds.
This international event was developed in New York in 2004 by artist Wendy Tremayne, as a way to save old clothes from the landfill with creativity and community spirit. It grew from a private home event to a large-scale public event and then spread across the globe – from Jerusalem to Istanbul to Perth.
A donation and a bag of clothes are required for entry. The clothes are then sorted into big piles and participants dive in. Sewing and screen printing stations as well as DIY workshops help “swappers” to modify and embellish their finds. A catwalk is available for those keen to strut their results. Food, coffee, roving entertainment will make Swap-O-Rama-Rama a full day event.
The Lyttelton Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a fundraiser for Project Lyttelton, a grass-roots community organisation which strives to build a sustainable, connected community in the Lyttelton Harbour Basin. Project Lyttelton’s initiatives include the Community Gardens, Timebank and Farmer’s Market.