On Sunday 25th June 2000 Cloud 9 opened their doors to the public for a dual Open Day and Tribal Gathering, inviting people to get a glimpse into the television industry, meet stars of their shows and also win an on-screen part in The Tribe. The day was promoted with Burger King New Zealand, who as a tie-in for the Tribal Gathering displayed promotional posters (as pictured) and Tribe placemats in Burger King restaurants.
You might recognise the pictures – they were previously on the website GAKYA (Gummidge’s Aussie and Kiwi Young Actors ), which has been closed for a long time. The pics were rescued from their archives, they were originally supplied by ‘Lorraine’ (I’m trying to track her down!) some of her pics are also featured on the Kieren Hutchinson website. The video below was shot by Tribeworld/Cloud 9 at the event…
Though it’s 9 years since the event (not 10!), I thought I’d put it up as it was an interesting event held by Cloud 9, during one of the busiest years for The Tribe. Prior to the event Dwayne Cameron (Bray), Caleb Ross (Lex), Michelle Ang (Tai-San) and Meryl Cassie (Ebony) were on a promotional tour in England/Europe and returned to New Zealand on the 24th June, ready for the Tribal Gathering/Open Day for the following day, the cast had finished recording the album and were preparing for the filming of series 3 the following month!
According to Cloud 9 over 20,000 people attended the event, without a doubt making it a success.From Tribeworld:
Over 20,000 Gather round
On Sunday 25th June the world’s first Tribal Gathering was held during the Cloud 9 Studios open day outside of Wellington, New Zealand.
Over 20,000 people visited the studios and enjoyed the day’s programme of events which included the Tribe cast appearing and performing live, celebrities, charity auctions, fashion parades, competitions, games and much more.
The aim of the day was to raise money for the Cloud 9 Children’s Foundation which is contributing funds for a CAT-scan for the Starship Children’s Hospital and raising funds for Ronald McDonald House, which cares for terminally ill children.
We’ve got some special content on Tribeworld which looks back at this special day and all the action and events that happened. There are video downloads, photos, and feedback from the cast and people involved on the day.
Amongst The Tribe cast who attended the event were: Ryan Runciman (Ryan), Jennyfer Jewell (Ellie), Laura Wilson (May), Ari Boyland (KC), Jaimee Kaire Gataulu (Cloe), Damon Andrews (Guardian), Antonia Prebble (Trudy), Ashwath Sundaresan (Dal), Caleb Ross (Lex), Victoria Spence (Salene), Michelle Ang (Tai-San), Sarah Major (Patsy), Meryl Cassie (Ebony), Dwayne Cameron (Bray), Vanessa Stacey (Alice) and Daniel James (Zoot). How many can you spot in the video clip?!
If you were at the event and have any photos or experiences you’d like to share, do get in touch!