Festival Events

Annabel Langbein - Photo Credit: Aliscia Young
Limited Tickets
  • $

Annabel Langbein

Annabel Langbein discusses her new memoir, Bella, with Nicola Galloway.
Tom Scott
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Avantdale Bowling Club

Hip-hop/jazz project headed by rapper Tom Scott, with an enviable cast of musicians — “a huge learned journey borne of lived experience”. 
Chronos Interrupted
  • Free

Chronos Interrupted

What if this Cog-churning Chronos time is interrupted?
Cycle-in Flix
  • Koha

Cycle-In Flix – Thursdays in October

A variation on drive-in movies - bike in, enjoy live Latino performances and learn about Hispanic & Latino culture on the big screen.
Cycle-in Flix
  • Koha

Cycle-In Flix – Thursdays in October

A variation on drive-in movies - bike in, enjoy live Latino performances and learn about Hispanic & Latino culture on the big screen.
Cycle-in Flix
  • Koha

Cycle-In Flix – Thursdays in October

A variation on drive-in movies - bike in, enjoy live Latino performances and learn about Hispanic & Latino culture on the big screen.
Cycle-in Flix
  • Koha

Cycle-In Flix – Thursdays in October

A variation on drive-in movies - bike in, enjoy live Latino performances and learn about Hispanic & Latino culture on the big screen.
Eamonn Marra - Photo Credit: Ebony Lamb
  • Koha

Eamonn Marra: The True Story I Made Up

Stand-up comedy show about the (mostly) true story behind the (mostly) fictional novel, 2000ft Above Worry Level.
EDGELAND - James Robinson
  • Free

EDGELAND — James Robinson

"A language older than words".
Cliff Fell and John Newton (photo credit: Victoria Birkinshaw)
  • Koha

Escaping the poem

Cliff Fell and John Newton perform parts of their hybrid works, an epic poem and a verse novel.
Behrouz Boochani and Golriz Ghahraman
Sold Out
  • $

Fleeing to Freedom

Behrouz Boochani and Golriz Ghahraman in conversation with journalist Anke Richter.
Hip Hop & Jazz Dance - Photo credit: AT Photo
Cancelled
  • Free

Hip Hop & Jazz Dance on the Street PLUS Chronos Interrupted

Short, sharp, and energetic dance performances by The Tribe Hip Hop and FA Dance Centre.
Christine Leunens and Alexandra Tidswell
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Historical Fiction

Christine Leunens and Alexandra Tidswell discuss how they work with both research and imagination when creating characters from the past.
kiss me hardy
  • Free
  • Local

Kiss Me or Kismet?

Join with us to celebrate the launch of the fourth issue of NMIT’s arts and literary journal, kiss me hardy.
Lockdown Laundry
  • Free

Lockdown Laundry

Lockdown Laundry invites you to come and air your lockdown memories!
Masks - Photo Credit: courtesy of the Nelson Library
  • Free

Masks Behind Glass: City-wide Mask Exhibition

Local artist Fiona Sutherland has been working with teachers to create masks to exhibit in visible street frontages around the city. 
Miriam Lancewood
Selling Fast
  • $

Miriam Lancewood: Wild at Heart

Miriam Lancewood talks with Kerry Sunderland about her gripping sequel to the international bestseller, Woman in the Wilderness.
Rachel McAlpine - How to be old
  • Koha

Nelson Live Poets presented by Nelson Arts Festival 

Featuring Rachel McAlpine performing from her new collection of poems, How to Be Old.
Night Vision
  • Free

Night Vision

A one-night extravaganza that encourages art lovers and newbies to engage in arts and experience their city with a different lens.
Not Just for Laughs, Eamonn Marra (Photo Credit: Ebony Lamb) and Lil O'Brien (Photo Credit: Troy Goodall)
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Not Just for Laughs

Eamonn Marra and Lil O'Brien discuss the balance between comedy and tragedy in their debut books.
Mandy Hager
Sold Out
  • $

NZSA Writing Workshop with Mandy Hager

Two-hour workshop with award-winning author Mandy Hager.
Deville
  • Free

October on New Street

A collaboration between Nelson Arts Festival and New Street bars.
Ian Trafford
  • $

Our Grandfathers

Ian Trafford and William Moloney have both written fascinating novels based on their grandfathers' WWI diaries.
Sold Out
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Our People, Our Cultures, Our Languages

Panel discussion featuring tangata whenua and recent arrivals.
  • $

Show Me Shorts

Good things come in small packages!  Show Me Shorts is New Zealand's leading international short film festival and a popular addition to the Nelson arts calendar.
  • Free

Special Event – Not the Carnivale

A special night of fun and performance with a small nod to the Mask Carnivale
  • Free

Street Singing – Fridays in October

Live karaoke is coming to Nelson! Discover the artist within yourself with the support of the Voice Collective.
  • Free

Street Singing – Fridays in October

Live karaoke is coming to Nelson! Discover the artist within yourself with the support of the Voice Collective.
  • Free

Street Singing – Fridays in October

Live karaoke is coming to Nelson! Discover the artist within yourself with the support of the Voice Collective.
The Human Voice
Selling Fast
  • $

The Human Voice

An unflinching examination of the human condition in 45 minutes you cannot look away from.
WMC: Unrefined
  • Free

WMC: Unrefined

A conversation about art, activism and WMC with Chris McBride, Mary Ellen O'Connor and Katherine Baxter — in collaboration with the Refinery ArtSpace.
Eamonn Marra - Photo Credit: Ebony Lamb
Sold Out
  • Koha

Writing Funny, Writing Sad

Comedy writing masterclass with stand-up comedian and novelist Eamonn Marra.
Rachael Craw, Brin Murray and Robyn Prokop
  • $

Writing Young Adult Fiction

Multi-award winning author of fiction for young adults Mandy Hager in conversation with local YA writers Rachael Craw, Brin Murray and Robyn Prokop.

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