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

Annabel Langbein

Annabel Langbein discusses her new memoir, Bella, with Nicola Galloway.
Tom Scott
  • $
book-tickets

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”. 
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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.
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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".
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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.
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Behrouz Boochani and Golriz Ghahraman
Sold Out
  • $
book-tickets

Fleeing to Freedom

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

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.
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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. 
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Miriam Lancewood
Selling Fast
  • $
book-tickets

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.
Not Just for Laughs, Eamonn Marra (Photo Credit: Ebony Lamb) and Lil O'Brien (Photo Credit: Troy Goodall)
  • $
book-tickets

Not Just for Laughs

Eamonn Marra and Lil O'Brien discuss the balance between comedy and tragedy in their debut books.
Mandy Hager
Limited Tickets
  • $
book-tickets

NZSA Writing Workshop with Mandy Hager

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

October on New Street

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

Our Grandfathers

Ian Trafford and William Moloney have both written fascinating novels based on their grandfathers' WWI diaries.
Limited Tickets
  • $
book-tickets

Our People, Our Cultures, Our Languages

Panel discussion featuring tangata whenua and recent arrivals.
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  • 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.
The Human Voice
Selling Fast
  • $
book-tickets

The Human Voice

An unflinching examination of the human condition in 45 minutes you cannot look away from.
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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.
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Eamonn Marra - Photo Credit: Ebony Lamb
Sold Out
  • Koha

Writing Funny, Writing Sad

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

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.

Past Events

A Traveller's Guide to Turkish Dogs - Photo credit: Becki Moss
Cancelled
  • $

A Travellerʼs Guide to Turkish Dogs

A spellbindingly inventive retelling of a beautifully simple story – one of friendship. Exactly the right amount of theatre magic, real-life adventure, and heartwarming dog content.
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.
The Grooves! Primarily Dance
Cancelled
  • $

Grooves! Triple Bill

Nelson-based Primarily Dance presents a triple bill of exciting dance. With professional dancers from all over Aotearoa, plus local talent, Grooves! is contemporary ballet at its best.
Lockdown Laundry
  • Free

Lockdown Laundry

Lockdown Laundry invites you to come and air your lockdown memories!
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.
  • $

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

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 Boy With Wings
Cancelled
  • $

The Boy with Wings

Comedy with family theatre that combines puppetry, projection, storytelling and live music.
The Man who was Thursday
Cancelled
  • $

The Man who was Thursday

A gripping and humorous adaption of a spy thriller in which all is not what it seems—this is fast-paced, sharp-witted and compelling theatre.

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