18-28 OCT 2019

Welcome to the Festival

The 2019 Festival - the 25th Nelson Arts Festival - sees shows coming all the way from such far-flung places as Germany, Scotland, the USA and even Nelson!

Explore the site to find everything you want from circus to choirs, from theatre to talks, from music to mask, and from dance to disco!

Our thanks to everybody who helped put this Festival together, our partners, our funders, our sponsors, our supporters, our crew, and of course you, our audience.


Best School Group
- 2nd: Upper Moutere School

- 1st: Hope School

Best Non-School Group
- 2nd: Sambassadors

- 1st: Colombian Community

Best Individual
- 2nd: Faye Wulff

- 1st: Shanine Raggett

Best Pre-School
- 2nd: Learning Land

- 1st: Hardy Kids

Nuttiest Costume: Upper Moutere School

Kim Merry Supreme Award: Hope School

Congratulations everyone!

Featured Events

  • free


In celebration of the 25th Nelson Arts Festival we’re thrilled to bring back crowd favourite Piki Mai, sponsored by none other than Pic’s Peanut Butter.
  • nz


From New Zealand’s leading circus company comes a tenacious all-wombs troupe whose breath-taking performances are wrapped in an all-knowing nod and cheeky wink.

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