Free & Koha

  • free
  • international

A CALL TO DANCE

AUSTRALIA
Join acclaimed choreographer and dancer Amrita Hepi for a fun and free yarn, and together you’ll create a small moment of personal rebellion: a move that’s all about you.
  • free

COVER ME

Cover Me returns with their mix of funk, soul, jazz, dance, RnB and rock influences.
  • free
  • international

CULTURAL CONVERSATIONS

BHUTANESE, COLOMBIAN & SRI LANKAN in AOTEAROA
This year’s Festival has a designated space hosted by communities from different cultural backgrounds, to encourage informal conversations around arts and culture.
  • free
  • international

CULTURAL CONVERSATIONS PERFORMANCE

Come and see the works created during Cultural Conversations.
  • free

DAYNA SANERIVI

Presenting the long-awaited new collection of original compositions by gifted singer/songwriter Dayna Sanerivi.
  • free

DUST & GOLD

Dust & Gold blends Nikita Fountain’s beautiful songbird voice and Mark McKenzie’s rich baritone over a wholesome and raw acoustic accompaniment of original material.
  • free

ELISHA HOBBS

A multi-instrumentalist and songwriter hailing from Motueka, Elisha Hobbs performs a collection of original music.
  • free

FESTIVAL RETROSPECTIVE

This year we turn 25! To mark this special occasion, images from the past 24 Nelson Arts Festivals will be displayed on the walls of Bank Lane.
  • free

HERELESSNESS

A mesmerising outdoor performance featuring bungee-assisted dance and landscape design.
  • free

LOS GALANES

Join the fun with one of New Zealand's up and coming Latin bands.
  • free

MASK MAKING WORKSHOPS

Join us to learn some easy mask making skills for yourself or your group.
  • free

MASK PARADE & CARNIVALE

Join us for the 25th Mask Parade! Make this the biggest opening night celebration yet for the Nelson Arts Festival, celebrating 25 years!
  • free

MEDICINE WOMAN

Medicine Woman serves up blues inspired toe-tapping, full vocal harmony, rock originals with lyrics that provoke, inspire, and reach into your soul.
  • koha

MY GROOVES: Festival in Development

All are invited to watch as choreographer and dancers work together to form dance for the stage.
  • free

PIC’S PIKI MAI

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.
  • free

PIKI MAI REMAP PROJECT

Piki Mai is returning and mappers and animators are invited to create a 10-30 second work using the Piki Mai map.
  • free

PITCH BLACK LIVE

See ‘NZ’s Godfathers of Electronica’ playing their newest work inside the largest live-triggered video performance created in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • koha

PUBLISHING’S NEW FRONTIERS

An evening for aspiring and established writers.
  • free

RABBIT HŌLE

Rabbit Hōle is the musical collaboration of multi-instrumentalist and singer Sahn Bishop, drummer Bruce McGregor and saxophonist/EWI artist Simon Williams.
  • free

SCULPTURE IN THE PARK

Throughout the Festival, Nelson artist Lee Woodman will be working on a piece focused on utilising recycled materials.
  • free

STREET THEATRE WITH ROLLICKING ENTERTAINMENT!

Roll up and join the exciting, terrifying and genuinely funny dastardly duo of Rollicking Entertainment. Come laugh, gasp and cheer – the carnival is in town!
  • free

SUN CITY SOUL

Sun City Soul is a six-piece soul band, complete with a funked-up horn section and fine home-grown and international musicians.
  • free

THE HERMSEN FAMILY BAND

Nelson’s own Hermsen family is synonymous with locally produced, quality grassroots music.
  • koha

VOICE COLLECTIVE

Everyone is invited to join the pop-up singing group VOICE COLLECTIVE for a night with Dolly Parton's 'Jolene'.

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