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THE MIRROR BOOK | Pukapuka Talks [DIGITAL]

DIGITAL
Fri 22 Oct | 1.30pm

A deep-dive discussion with Charlotte Grimshaw about her explosive new memoir, facilitated by filmmaker and fellow memoirist Miro Bilbrough.

  • Free

ONCE WERE HIPPIES | Pukapuka Talks [DIGITAL]

DIGITAL
Mon 25 Oct | 11.00am

Steve Braunias speaks with Miro Bilbrough about her memoir, In The Time of the Manaroans, which he declared on Newsroom the ‘best written book of non-fiction of 2020’.

  • Free

WRITING HOME: AN ANTIDOTE TO FEELING STRANDED | Pukapuka Talks [DIGITAL]

DIGITAL
Throughout the Festival

There are – in the tradition of Katherine Mansfield, Robin Hyde and Janet Frame – many Aotearoa writers who live beyond our shores, including Hinemoana Baker and Mohamed Hassan. What message would they like us to hear?

  • Free

PUKAPUKA TALKS 2021

DIGITAL & LIBRARY WORKSHOP ONLY
22 - 25 Oct

Join 29 of Aotearoa’s leading authors and change-makers who come together over four days for kōrero about their latest books, the lives that have informed them and how the written word enables them to explore the universal issues that matter to us all.

  • Free

REFINERY ARTSPACE VISUAL ARTS HUB

REFINERY ARTSPACE
Weekdays | 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Saturdays | 10.00 am - 2.00 pm

Experience it, be in it, craft it, share it. We’ve cooked up somethin’ special at the Refinery Visual Arts Hub (as if they don’t do special the rest of the year too).

  • Free

HE RARANGA KŌRERO | Weaving Conversations

THE SUTER ART GALLERY TE ARATOI O WHAKATŪ
21 - 31 Oct | 9.30am - 4.30pm

The intricate overlaying and threading of flax fibres adds to the rich tapestry of Te Tau Ihu whakapapa and tells the unique stories associated with this art form.

  • Free

SAMARA DAVIS | Ano me He Wharepuungawerewere

REFINERY ARTSPACE
Weekdays | 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Saturdays | 10.00 am - 2.00 pm

‘Ano me He Wharepuungawerewere’ is a whakatauki that likens a beautifully carved or woven house (Wharenui), to that of a beautifully and authentically woven spider’s web. It can also be used to express or denote the ideas of a house full of spider webs, collecting dust.

  • Free

THROUGH THE EYE OF WHAKATŪ

NELSON PROVINCIAL MUSEUM
22 - 31 Oct | 10.00am - 5.00pm (4.30pm weekends)

See the world how the future does, in Through The Eye of Whakatū. A group of Whakatū tamariki have been exploring climate change through the lens of a camera.

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NELSON CITY CENTRE ARTWALK | Anytime or Tours

ELMA TURNER LIBRARY
(tours begin at Halifax St entrance)
Fri 22 Oct, Thu 28 Oct, Sat 30 Oct | 10.00am

Nelson City Centre ArtWalk is an outdoor art gallery in Whakatū’s streets. With 26 sites, ArtWalk takes you on a journey past artworks by some of our most celebrated artists, as well as artworks that have a particular poignancy to Whakatū.

  • Free

VICKI SMITH | Repose

REFINERY ARTSPACE
Weekdays | 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Saturdays | 10.00 am - 2.00 pm

Repose invites local and international artists to cross geographic boundaries and timezones to connect and create together.

Cancelled
  • Free

NIGHT VISION

NELSON CBD & PARTICIPATING GALLERIES
Thurs 21 Oct | 5pm - 9pm

Spring. Daylight Savings. Arts Festival. Opening night. What better way to celebrate than watching the city unfurl after dark?

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Cancelled
  • Premiere

VANESSA WORM | A Sound Experience

OLD ST JOHN'S HALL
Thurs 21 Oct | 8pm

What would the love child of Courtney Love and The Gathering look like?

Cancelled
  • Free

EAST ST FESTIVAL HUB

EAST ST FESTIVAL HUB at East St Cafe & Bar
21 - 30 Oct | 9pm

Need coffee? Fancy a beverage pre or post show? Or have you just finished performing and you need somewhere to unwind and meet other artists, audiences and crew?
No fear! (Almost) every night of the Fest we’ve got you covered at East St Festival Hub with post-show gigs, excellent beverages and food to save the planet by.

Cancelled
  • Premiere
  • Free

KO TE ĀKAU | Poetics of Land, Water and Sky

REFINERY ARTSPACE
Weekdays | 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Saturdays | 10.00 am - 2.00 pm

Ko Te Ākau — Poetics of Land, Water and Sky is a new installation and performance work created by visionary and internationally renowned artist Charles Koroneho in collaboration with Filament Eleven 11.

Cancelled

SELINA TUSITALA MARSH | in school workshops

AT YOUR SCHOOL
Thur 21 & Fri 22 Oct

Nelson Arts Festival is delighted to be bringing Selina Tusitala Marsh to Whakatū to speak to school students about her two inspirational graphic novels for middle grade readers, Mophead (winner of the 2020 Margaret Mahy Award) and Mophead Tu (a finalist for this year's award).

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PURE PSYCHIC AUTOMATISM | Pukapuka Talks

ELMA TURNER LIBRARY
Fri 22 Oct | 10.30am

A writing workshop to help you embrace the strange and describe the indescribable, led by writer and taonga pūoro practitioner Ruby Solly (Kāi Tahu, Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe).

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Cancelled

CONNECTIONS & CULTURAL OBSESSIONS | Pukapuka Talks

THE SUTER THEATRE
Fri 22 Oct | 3.30pm

Who gets noticed? Who gets ignored? Pip Adam and Jacqueline Bublitz discuss their compelling and provocative novels, which defy fiction tropes.

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Cancelled

NAVIGATING SPACE & TIME | Pukapuka Talks

THE SUTER THEATRE
Fri 22 Oct | 5.30pm

From the peaks of the Southern Alps to the darkest reaches of the universe, Nic Low and Annette Lees guide us through their journeys of discovery.

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Cancelled
  • Premiere

FLAVIO PLAYS FRAHM | Flavio Villani

NELSON CENTRE OF MUSICAL ARTS (NCMA)
Fri 22 Oct | 6.30pm

Both deeply immersed in classical piano and masterful improvisation, Nils Frahm and Flavio Villani have the same worldview.

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Cancelled

THE HAKA PARTY INCIDENT | By Katie Wolfe

THEATRE ROYAL
Fri 22 Oct, Sat 23 Oct | 7pm

The last New Zealand war took place in Auckland in 1979. It lasted three minutes.

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Cancelled

JAMES ROQUE | Legal Alien

THE BOATHOUSE
Fri 22 Oct | 8pm

In 2017, FRED Award finalist comedian James Roque (roh-keh) realised he’d been pronouncing his own Filipino last name incorrectly for 17 years.

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Cancelled

RUBI DU & POLLYHILL

EAST ST FESTIVAL HUB
Fri 22 Oct | 9:30pm

Ready for a night of hip-hop and dancehall with a reggae backbone? Oof yes!

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Cancelled
  • International

WALKING:HOLDING | Rosana Cade

Starting at CULTURAL CONVERSATIONS
Sat 23 Oct - Mon 25 Oct | 11am - 7.15pm (every 15 minutes)

What does your town look like from someone else’s perspective? How intimate can you be with someone you’ve just met?

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Cancelled

WHAIORA: REIMAGINING WELLBEING | Pukapuka Talks

THE SUTER THEATRE
Sat 23 Oct | 11.00am

In this kaupapa Māori kōrero facilitated by Olivia Hall,  four wāhine – Ruby Solly, Hinemoa Elder, Hana Tapiata and Kerensa Johnston – share their wisdom about wellbeing.

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Cancelled

ONLY A FEW YEARS FROM NOW | Pukapuka Talks

THE SUTER THEATRE
Sat 23 Oct | 1.30pm

Octavia Cade, Kirsten McDougall and Clare Moleta discuss their extraordinary female protagonists living in a time of cataclysmic change.

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Cancelled

SOUNDTRACKS FROM THE SILVER SCREEN | Nelson Symphony Orchestra

NELSON CENTRE FOR MUSICAL ARTS (NCMA)
Sat 23 Oct | 3pm & 6pm

Nelson Symphony Orchestra in association with NCMA present a tribute to the big screen.

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Cancelled

THE MANSFIELD LEGACY: BLESSING OR CURSE? | Pukapuka Talks

THE SUTER THEATRE
Sat 23 Oct | 3.30pm

Airini Beautrais and Charlotte Grimshaw have both won awards for their short story collections. Hear from them about the attractions and challenges of the format.

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Cancelled

PAX ASSADI | Ladi Dadi Assadi Like To Party

THE BOATHOUSE
Sat 23 Oct | 8pm

If you don’t already, you WILL know this comedy superstar by the end of 2021 when his very personal, very hilarious TV series 'Raised by Refugees' premieres.

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Cancelled

KITA

EAST ST FESTIVAL HUB
Sat 23 Oct | 9.30pm

Following hot on the heels of their self-titled debut, Pōneke-based musical wonders KITA make their Whakatū premiere with their dreamscape of synth-pop, layering stunning melodies over soulful beats.

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Cancelled

THE CRUCIAL DECADE: RESPONDING TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS | Pukapuka Talks

THEATRE ROYAL
Sun 24 Oct | 10.30am

Kim Hill invites Jason Boberg, Mike Joy, Dave Lowe and Kera O’Regan to explain why there’s still hope we can respond to the climate crisis.

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Cancelled

BEYOND THE HEADLINES: TRUE CRIME | Pukapuka Talks

THE SUTER THEATRE
Sun 24 Oct | 1.30pm

Crime writer Alan Carter interrogates Steve Braunias and Jared Savage, two of Aotearoa's best journalists, about their new true crime books.

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Cancelled

ASIAN VOICES IN AOTEAROA | Pukapuka Talks

THE SUTER THEATRE
Sun 24 Oct | 3.30pm

Hear from three contributors to the new anthology, A Clear Dawn: New Asian Voices From Aotearoa New Zealand: Angelique Kasmara, Rose Lu and Chris Tse.

Cancelled
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WĀHINE WAHAPŪ | Pukapuka Talks

RED16
Sun 24 Oct | 5.30pm (doors open 5pm)

Former NZ Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh shares the stage with two of Aoteaora’s most extraordinary young poets – Ruby Solly and Tayi Tibble – as they perform poems from their latest collections.

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Cancelled

LUCIEN JOHNSON QUARTET

NELSON CENTRE OF MUSICAL ARTS (NCMA)
Sun 24 Oct | 6pm

Some of Aotearoa’s finest music luminaries gather at NCMA for one night only, with the Lucien Johnson Quartet promising a sumptuous evening of mesmerising music.

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Cancelled

REB FOUNTAIN

THEATRE ROYAL
Sun 24 Oct | 8pm

Taite Music Prize 2021 winner Reb Fountain will premier material from her highly anticipated new album IRIS along with songs from her self titled Flying Nun debut.

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Cancelled

OUT HERE IN WHAKATŪ | Pukapuka Talks

THE SUTER THEATRE
Mon 25 Oct | 1.30pm

Join Chris Tse, Ruby Solly, AJ Fitzwater and EJ Mann to celebrate the breadth and diversity within Aotearoa’s rainbow literary community.

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Cancelled

SISTERS ARE DOING IT | Pukapuka Talks

THE SUTER THEATRE
Mon 25 Oct | 3.30pm (3pm drinks & nibbles)

Local food writer Nicola Galloway chats to Margo and Rosa Flanagan (AKA ‘Two Raw Sisters’) about their new cookbook, Salad.

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Cancelled

THOROUGHLY MODERN MĀUI | Rutene Spooner

THEATRE ROYAL
Mon 25 Oct, 7.30pm

Many moons ago, a different kind of superhero ruled this side of the Pacific: Māui-Tikitiki-A-Taranga.

Cancelled

PĪPĪ PAOPAO | Rutene Spooner

AT YOUR KŌHANGA REO OR KINDY
Tue 26 & Wed 27 Oct

The tūi chatters, the kākā cackles, and the kererū coos: each bird has its distinctive sounds from the moment they hatch. Te Taiao (the natural world) shapes their growth, stance, and song, until they are finally set to soar across the sky.

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Cancelled

THE ARTIST | Thom Monckton

THEATRE ROYAL
Tues 26 Oct, Wed 27 Oct | 6.30pm

An artist arrives at his paint-splattered studio ready to create a new work. He waits for inspiration. When it finally comes, things don’t proceed quite as he would wish.

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Cancelled

MATALA | Fua Creative

THE SUTER THEATRE
Wed 27 Oct, Thurs 28 Oct | 6.30PM

Dance and spoken word, song and pure energy, this exciting new work from Fua Creative celebrates growth, culture and new life — and the energy, experiences and creative excellence of the rangatahi of Waiharakeke Blenheim who co-created MATALA.

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Cancelled

COUCH STORIES: WHAT NOW?

NELSON CENTRE OF MUSICAL ARTS (NCMA)
Wed 27 Oct | 8pm

True stories. Truly live. The return of a local festival favourite Couch Stories, is back with the much loved couch and all new stories.

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Cancelled

BEN WOODS

EAST ST FESTIVAL HUB
Wed 27 Oct | 9pm

We’re told to expect a ‘psychedelic mash of futurist guitar jank and meditative croon’. Are you curious yet?

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Cancelled

TIERRA Y MAR FLAMENCO PROJECT | Paul Bosauder

NELSON CENTRE OF MUSICAL ARTS (NCMA)
Thurs 28 Oct | 6.30pm

How does a surfer of Lebanese/Aotearoa origin become a flamenco guitar star in Spain?

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Cancelled

OWLS DO CRY | Red Leap Theatre

THEATRE ROYAL
Thurs 28 Oct, Fri 29 Oct | 8pm

Theatre meets dance meets song meets the immutable power of Janet Frame’s words in award-winning Red Leap Theatre’s energetic contemporary response to Owls Do Cry.

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Cancelled

IMUGI 이무기

EAST ST FESTIVAL HUB
Thurs 28 Oct | 9pm

As imugi 이무기, Tāmaki Makaurau’s Carl Ruwhiu and Yery Cho navigate the slipstream between the listless ennui of late 90’s downbeat and trip-hop, silicon smooth synth-pop, and the undeniable bounce of modern R&B.

Cancelled
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MASK CARNIVALE

NELSON CBD
Fri 29 Oct | 5.30pm - 10pm

A forever festival favourite, this magical community celebration is how we welcome the start of summer in Whakatū Nelson. 2021 is all about connection - the theme for this year’s parade!

Cancelled
  • Koha
  • International

NEWS NEWS NEWS (livestream)

THE SUTER THEATRE
Sat 30 Oct | 6.30pm

This is the news, but not as you know it.

News News News is a television news show made by children for adults, presented live from the stage of Tauranga’s Baycourt Theatre to viewers across the globe (and Whakatū).

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Cancelled

TAMI NEILSON | The F Word - Songs of Feminism in Country Music

THEATRE ROYAL
Sat 30 Oct | 7.30pm

From Dolly to the (Dixie) Chicks, The F Word is a journey of feminism through country music, from 1952 — the 1st female country artist at #1 – to today.

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Cancelled

THABANI GAPARA | The Griots Path

EAST ST FESTIVAL HUB
Sat 30 Oct | 9.30pm

Missing international travel? Get your dancing shoes on and explore the far flung reaches of African Jazz with the most charismatic of saxophonists, Thabani Gapara.

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Cancelled

THE BETHS

NEUDORF VINEYARDS
Sun 31 Oct | 2pm

Catch The Beths while you can Whakatū, ‘cos trust me — they’ll be taking off again real quick!

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Cancelled

PECHAKUCHA

THEATRE ROYAL
Sun 31 Oct | 5pm

PechaKucha returns with a fine selection of interesting and creative folks from Whakatū and beyond.

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Important information for our ticket holders

Due to the ongoing uncertainties posed by the current COVID-19 outbreak, we have had to cancel most of our 2021 programme.

 

All ticket holders will be contacted about the cancelled events and offered a full refund.

 

Thank you for your understanding and support!