18-28 OCT 2019

Welcome to the Festival

MASK PARADE & CARNIVALE - unfortunately due to the weather forecast we have had to make the call to postpone the Mask Parade until Sunday 20th Oct at 5pm, and cancel Carnivale.


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.

Featured Events

  • nz

BJÖRK: ALL IS FULL OF LOVE

AOTEAROA
New Zealand’s most inventive and theatrical chamber orchestra, Blackbird Ensemble, presents an awe-inspiring homage to the inimitable Icelandic pop artist, Björk.
  • international

SHOOGLENIFTY

SCOTLAND
Shooglenifty’s unique blend of traditional Celtic folk embraces a wealth of world-music flavours ranging from electronica to alternative rock.
New Show Added
  • nz

SEVEN DEADLY STUNTS

AOTEAROA
Step right up as Rollicking Entertainment celebrates seven of the most notorious stunts in carnie history.

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