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Looking Out For Each Other

Nelson Arts Festival is committed to providing a safe space for all. We have zero tolerance for discriminatory and bullying behaviours.



Wheelchair users are welcome in all spaces in the Festival and all venues have step-free access. Some venues have specific seats allocated for wheelchair users — please get in touch when booking if you have any questions. Please note the circle of the Theatre Royal is not wheelchair accessible (but the stalls are).


Service dogs are welcome at the NCMA, Theatre Royal, Boathouse, Refinery ArtSpace & The Suter Theatre, please let the box office staff know when you book your ticket.


Ko Te Ākau | Night Vision | Through The Eye of Whakatū
| Mask Carnivale | He Raranga Kōrero | Samara Davis | Walking:Holding | The Artist (best if seated close to front in good view of the ceiling drip). Please note the Theatre Royal has a hearing assistance system in place.


As above plus: Flavio Plays Frahm | Soundtracks from the Silver Screen | Lucien Johnson Quartet | Tierra y Mar Flamenco Project | Thabani Gapara | Silver. Stone. Wood. Bone.


Reb Fountain | Flavio Plays Frahm | Soundtracks from the Silver Screen | Lucien Johnson Quartet | Walking:Holding | all East St Festival Hub gigs | Pax Assadi | Tierra y Mar Flamenco Project | The Beths | Silver. Stone. Wood. Bone | Couch Stories | Pukapuka Talks


We are working on having further accessible events - please check our website for updated information or email if you have a specific request.


Please sign in using the QR code tracking app at every venue.
If you are feeling unwell please stay home, call Healthline and email us to let us know. We will refund your ticket as thanks for putting your community first.


Nelson Arts Festival 2021 will not go ahead if Whakatū Nelson is at Level 2.

In the instance of any level changes anywhere in the country, please keep a close eye on our website and social media channels as this may affect the ability for artists to travel nationally.

We will be in touch as soon as we have communicated internally with all stakeholders, so please make sure you keep an eye on your inboxes!
Please make sure you sign up to our newsletter too, so we can keep you in the loop ahead of time.

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our community first and foremost.

Refunds & Cancellations

If a show cannot go ahead due to Alert Level changes, we will refund your ticket.

Please stay home if you are unwell, have a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath or any other flu-like symptoms. We encourage you to put your community first. You may contact us at to arrange a refund.

Trigger and Content Warnings

Throughout the website you will see which events have trigger and content warnings attached to them. Further details can be found here.

Couch Stories: Please check closer to the time for updated information

The Haka Party Incident: Offensive views, some bad language, institutional racism, cultural appropriation, and historical examples of how haka and Te Reo Māori were incorrectly used and performed in the past

Flavio Plays Frahm: Full blackout

imugi 이무기: Mental illness, racism

Ko Te Ākau: Bright lights, dark spaces, partial nudity

MATALA: Mental illness, racism, full blackout

Owls Do Cry: Loud noises, bright lights, haze

Pukapuka Talks: Please check closer to the time for updated information

Reb Fountain: Coarse language, full blackout, haze

Rubi Du & PollyHill: Coarse language

Tami Neilson: Sexism

Thoroughly Modern Māui: Bullying and/or unacceptable discrimination, Racism, haze

Through the Eye of Whakatū: Climate crisis

Vanessa Worm: Smoking, alcohol consumption, potential haze

Vicki Smith: Climate crisis, pandemics, refugee crisis, potential flickering lights & loud noises

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