Event by Papaya Stories
Words and story by Yana Papaya.
Photo by Tanya Perova.
Trust me, big dreamers live inside each of us. There is a whole “imaginarium” inside us. But for some unknown reason while growing up we lose that sense of adventure, close an easy access to the imagination and start to believe that the grass is always greener on the other side. This post is about actually noticing and appreciating the green grass that grows next to your door, the smile on the neighbour’s face, the birds’ song that wakes you up, the splashes of sunlight in a cup of coffee and the night sky above your head.
All these little details as pieces of puzzle come together to remind us about the magic in life, about what truly matters. Those small things that we tend to take for granted. That ordinary extraordinary world that we forget about while dreaming of a better reality and chasing waterfalls.
“Don’t go chasing waterfalls
Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to
I know that you’re gonna have it your way or nothing at all
But I think you’re moving too fast.” (from the song by TLC)
Our latest event, “Explore Henderson Hidden Gems Trail”, was inspired by the concept of those little things. Always being inspired by what Henderson has to offer, we wanted to shed a light on some beautiful historic and cultural spots and show how accessible they are, whether you live or visiting the city of sails.
Face-off and Unicorns masks on. We sprinkled the fairy dust, colored the skies with rainbows and set up our Explore Hendo Hub next to the awesome Bike Hub by EcoMatters and Kakano Pop Up Gallery that are by the way open on Fri-Sun from 10am – 4pm.
Our team designed a beautiful map (thanks to the artist Ying Chiu) and marked all hidden gems around Henderson Town Centre – The Falls Hotel, The Henderson Mill, Corban Estate Arts Centre and the Japanese Garden. Each destination had a small interactive activity to do, so the audience would experience the place differently. Before travelling our team invited everyone to take part in the activity that helped to define which hidden gem they should visit first.
Grown-ups could take part in the well-crafted personality test. It started from a simple question “Who are you?” followed by three options: Introvert, Ambivert, Extravert that further took you on an individual “questionable” journey that helped you to discover a hidden gem on a map that was hiding behind the geometrical shape.
Kids and families could explore the colourful maze that eventually (if the right path was chosen) led them to a shape that referred for the place on the map.
That was our way to say that no matter who you are and what your needs are, there is a perfect hidden Hendo gem waiting for you to be discovered. Check out the photos of one family that got a taste of all hidden gems in Henderson.
Feel free to get in touch with us to discuss your event idea – firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Explore Henderson Hidden Gems Trail event was funded by Panuku Development.