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).


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


Legs On The Wall

Port Nelson
Mon 24 Oct | 1pm - 9pm

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.


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.


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.


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.

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