PORLWI by nature

For the 3rd year, Mauritians and visitors to the island were invited to come to the capital, Port Louis, for a festival emphasising urban regeneration and cultural reconnection.

Wooden pallets were used to make a stage and seats for a giant screen in the harbour. Even some of the lampposts were clad in wood!

As the sun started to set and dusk approached,  a live draw for the Lotto was enthusiastically being performed on another stage.

Porlwi by Nature took place in and around some of the historic streets and buildings of Port Louis. It was an opportunity to to explore how to bring nature into the daily life of Mauritius.

There were three distinct areas to visit joined by streets pedestrianised just for the festival.

Street Art, Street Light, Street Music, Street Performances and of course Street Food were on display for all to enjoy, see and connect to in the unique style of Mauritius.

An excellent example of Wall Art, even the staircase was completely painted.

Japanese music being played at the entrance to the Granary but no sushi for sale.

Now a chance to reconnect with nature within the cool, stone walls of the Granary on a hot, humid December evening.

Who could resist a walk amongst  tropical plants swaying from the warehouse ceiling, bathed in green light?

There were varied exhibits from sculpture, to paintings and illustrations, some of them horticulturally displayed also this figure should have had green fingers.

One of the art exhibits on display, slides lit from behind looking similar to golden brown sugar crystals.

A wedding dress suspended from the ceiling, bathed in spotlights and confetti.

You can store plants and display them in many ways indoors but you always need a watering can nearby!

Walking over to the superb Aapravisi Ghat museum (a blog on this is coming soon) in the Dock and the surrounding buildings, there were more exhibits.

A film was projected on to this building. You just had to stop and look at the moving images and how it completely changed the shape and style of the building. Two separate displays are just visible through the two rectangular openings.

Looking through the window on the left of the previous building, this display showed images of flowers that bloomed whilst changing colour and shape. Technically difficult to photograph!

And through the window on the right, a technicolour collage of images of Mauritius.

Another building had displays about sealife. This was all about humpback whales and explained why they jump out of the water.

Inside one of the large warehouse buildings in the dock. This projection of a light show filmed amongst trees gave an interesting back drop for visitors to mingle with.

Green was a ‘natural’ choice to highlight some of the new buildings.

Surely this old bank building should be lit in black and red? Who has heard of going into the white? (Maybe a billiard player?)

A chance to reflect on the usual view of the port and Caudan Waterfront. Even a cruise liner had moved forward for a better look at the city.

The passengers would have seen the Waterfront and palm trees colourfully lit in front of Place d’Armes.

At Caudan, this dancer in striped trousers with a Zebra head on was entertaining the crowd as they crossed by. Why a zebra head? Because it was a crossing point.

Porlwi by Nature, at night, showed some of the old and new buildings as well as the streets bathed in light with many interesting displays and performances. It certainly gave visitors a chance to think about the history of the city, its culture and, perhaps, the future.

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