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PĪPĪ PAOPAO

Rutene Spooner

At your Kōhanga Reo or kindy
Tue 18 Oct + Wed 19 Oct | Twice per day

Ka tangi te Tītī, ka tangi te Kākā, ka tangi hoki ko ēnei Pīpī Paopao! Tihei māuri ora!

Pīpī Paopao is a performance for tamariki aged 3-5 years old - and their adults - which adopts the unique characteristics of our Manu Rangatira (noble birdlife) through waiata and play, echoing the sounds of Te Taiao (nature).

NIGHT VISION

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.

TUNE UP

Various Artists - programmed by Nelson Youth Council

KIRBY LANE
Thu 20 Oct | 5.00 pm - 9.00 pm

An evening of music and theatre for and with rangatahi - transforming Kirby Lane into our Rangatahi Music Hub as part of Night Vision opening extravaganza!

WHISPERS IN THE STREETS

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.

 

ART CHEMIST

Audrey Baldwin

Kiss Me (By Kismet)

Thu 20 - Sun 23 Oct | Various times

Did you know you can get arts on prescription? To look at a painting, read some poetry or immerse yourself in a performance may be exactly what the doctor ordered!

MASKS ABOUT 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.

RITA ANGUS + SELINA FOOTE

The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū

Thu 20 Oct - Sun 30 Oct | 9.30am - 4.30pm

Experience selected works from Te Papa’s summer exhibition - Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist | He Ringatoi Hou o Aotearoa - alongside contemporary Aotearoa painter Selina Foote this Spring.

A CALL TO ACTION

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.

VIEWFINDER WINDOW

Viewfinder Bank Lane + Nelson Arts Festival Office (Morrison Square)
Thu 20 - Sun 30 Oct

We’re thrilled to collaborate with this inspiring kaupapa and host a second Viewfinder Window in our Festival office at Morrison Square, in addition to their other home on Bank Lane, between Trafalgar Street and Montgomery Square. 

Come see the view change in a street near you - unexpected experiences in otherwise familiar spaces! 

CULTURAL CONNECTIONS

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.

KEI HEA A TIKI? WHERE IS TIKI?

Kim Ireland

Refinery ArtSpace
Thu 20 - Sat 29 Oct (not Sun, Mon)

In te ao Māori, tāne and wāhine once lived in balance with each other, and all other beings who originated from Ranginui and Papatūānuku. Gender and sexual diversity were normalised but colonialisation brought a strict gender hierarchy and static sexual identities. With the power of pūrākau and whakapapa, this exhibition attempts to draw forth mātauranga Māori of gender and sexuality.

SCULPT NATURE

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.

RANGATAHI COMMUNITY MURAL

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.

TUPU

Fua Creative | Victory Mini-Fest

Victory Community Centre
Sat 22 Oct | 3.00 pm

A vibrant cast of Pasifika artists from Te Tauihu bring you Tupu – a fun kids show that expresses themes of identity, collaboration, kindness and resilience.

THAW

Legs On The Wall

Port Nelson
Mon 24 Oct | from 2PM until late

High above the harbour, suspended by a crane on 2.7 tonnes of ice, a figure - isolated on a melting platform - struggles for balance. As sunset approaches what will be left? We are confronted and inspired by their determination to adapt and survive. There's no time to waste.

Over eight hours in one day, Legs On The Wall brings death-defying beauty to the current climate crisis, with THAW.

THE KING OF TAKING

Thom Monckton

Theatre Royal
Tue 25 Oct + Wed 26 Oct | 6.30 pm

A brand-new show from acclaimed physical comedy performer Thom Monckton (The Pianist), The King of Taking boasts circus, mime and a whole lot of velvet.

SELINA TUSITALA MARSH

Pukapuka Talks | Author in Schools

At your school
Fri 28 Oct, Mon 31 Oct | 9.00 am + 1.00 pm

Selina Tusitala Marsh visits schools to talk about her two inspirational graphic novels for young readers, Mophead (winner of the 2020 Margaret Mahy Award) and Mophead Tu (a finalist for the 2021 award). In the telling of these heartfelt and often hilarious tales, Selina encourages tamariki to embrace their differences.

ARTEFACT: HOW TO BEHAVE IN AN ART GALLERY

New Zealand Dance Company

The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū
Fri 28 Oct + Sat 29 Oct |
6.00 pm + 8.00pm each day

(Re)Discover the Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: this playful site-specific dance/theatre work by Arts Laureate Ross McCormack invites you into rabbit holes of possibility. Follow the performers, gallery hosts and art experts on a never-before tour of the gallery spaces.

SLOW ART DAY

Various Artists

Galleries About Town

Sat 29 Oct

The international event Slow Art Day was created to encourage us all to look at art for a little longer, in the hope that we not only see more, but also get to know the works in greater detail. At the same time, slowing down, and being present, is one of those things that are somehow so hard to do in our busy lives, and yet, so important for our wellbeing.

DON MCGLASHAN & THE OTHERS

Neudorf Vineyards
Sun 30 Oct | 2.00 pm (doors 12 noon)

Someone once said if the music scene in Aotearoa was a house, then Don McGlashan would be a load-bearing beam. From Blam Blam Blam, The Front Lawn, through to The Mutton Birds and his four acclaimed solo albums, that beam remains as strong as ever. McGlashan’s most recent solo album, Bright November Morning, went straight to No.1 and marks a new stage in Don’s generous and humane songbook.

ITALIAN MOODS

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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