Various Artists

Whakatū Nelson CBD
Thu 20 Oct | 5.00 pm - 9.00 pm

Opening night, spring time, longer days. What better way to celebrate than watching our city unfold after dark? Night Vision returns to kick off our 11 days of unmissable arts experiences.


Various Artists

Whakatū Nelson CBD
Thu 20 - Sun 30 Oct

What does it mean to be a young person in these uncertain times?

In collaboration with Arts, Design and Music students from NMIT, Whispers in the Streets shares rangatahi voices and reflections on uncertainty and what that means to them here and now, in Whakatū. Watch their visual arts interpretation unfold on bollards and listen to their whispers in unexpected places around town.



Created by you!

Whakatū Nelson CBD
Thu 20 Oct - Sun 30 Oct

Let’s paint the streets of Whakatū in bright colours and showcase our community’s diversity and creative superpowers! We are working with local businesses to create displays of fantastic creations old and new - and we'd love you to contribute. Submit your own creations for the showcase or send us photos - we’d love to share them with far and wide!

THE SENSORIUM - A Community Performance

Chloe Loftus Dance

Whakatū Nelson CBD
Thu 20 Oct | 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm

Join ‘The Sensorium’, a mass movement performance for this year's Night Vision. Amateurs and professionals, experts and the curious - all are welcome to learn this simple choreography and be a part of this magical community event.


Karolina Serrano

Cultural Conversations
Thu 20 - Sun 30 Oct (not Mon) | Various times

For this installation, led by their Artistic Director Karolina Serrano (from Colombia), the creative community weaves connections and create a space-filling installation of thread and hands coming together in the spirit of community, hope and unity. Watch it evolve over the course of the Festival.


Various Artists

Brook Waimārama Sanctuary
Sat 15 - Sun 23 Oct
Winner announced + auction: Sun 23 Oct

We have an all-new Sculpture Symposium for you! Our friends at the Brook Waimārama Sanctuary are hosting Sculpt Nature, celebrating human connections to nature through the sculptural arts. The event has a strong conservation theme, with the participating sculptors creating works which use only natural materials and fiber and reflect on their relationship with nature.


Various Artists

Various Locations
Throughout the Festival

Inspired by the incredible THAW installation, we've put together a series of events and workshops across the Festival to continue the call to action, including an opportunity to contribute with visual artist Gabby O'Connor.


Victory Mini-Fest

Victory Boxing Gym
Fri 21 Oct | 6.30 pm

What says poetry slam more than a boxing ring?

Time to take your gloves off, Whakatū, for a night of scintillating alliteration, logophile uppercuts and a rhythmic pummelling from some of Victory and beyond’s greatest voices.


Nerys Ngaruhe

Broads Field
From Fri 21 Oct, throughout the Festival

Want Whakatū to have more public artwork which speaks to what matters to our rangatahi in this moment in time? We may have just the thing for you!

In partnership with Nelson College, artist Nerys Ngaruhe will work with local rangatahi to co-create a mural on Broads Field, celebrating toi Māori, street art and youth voices in our community.


Anna Dean + Bek Coogan

Fairfield House
Thu 27 Oct | 7.00 pm

Come partake in the ultimate commitment to yourself.

This interactive ‘wedding’ ritual invites you to take a vow to deeply commit and honour YOURSELF. An antidote to society’s pressure to 'put a ring on it', this rollicking slice of homemade evangelism is led by performance artist Bek Coogan, aka Oona Verse.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we have had to cancel this event.


The Suter Theatre
Sharing: Sun 30 Oct | 4.00 pm [POSTPONED: new date soon]

As part of our ongoing commitment to artists living in our region, in 2022 we are proud to gift a space to an artist for a two-week paid residency to progress a new piece, deep dive on a particular aspect of their mahi, or just trial a whole lot of new ideas.


Raffaele Bandoli + Louis Lucas-Perry

Nelson Centre of Musical Arts (NCMA)
Sun 30 Oct | 6.00 pm

From operas to traditional songs, baroque to contemporary, jazz and everything in between - celebrate the romance and passion of Italian music throughout the generations.

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