Our Festival Whānau of Partners

It truly takes a village. Like a flock of birds, our community comes together every year to create the way forward for our Festival. 

From the joyful Pīwakawaka to the mighty Moa, our partners all play a part in making the Nelson Arts Festival possible.

Core Funder

Major Funders


Top of the South Community Foundation | Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) | Tasman Creative Communities Scheme | Trillian Trust | Sargood Bequest | Network Tasman Trust | Lottery Grants Board |  Mainland Foundation

Moa Partner

Kārearea Partner

Kea Partners

Kererū Partners

Tūī Partners

Venue Partners

Theatre Royal | The Boathouse | Refinery Artspace | The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū | Deville | Nelson Centre of Musical Arts | Kiss Me (By Kismet) | Kirby Lane | Neudorf Vineyards | Te Noninga Kumu Motueka Public Library | Victory Boxing | Victory Community Centre | Cultural Conversations | The Brook Waimārama Sanctuary | Nelson Provincial Museum | Elma Turner Library | Moutere Hills Community Centre

Auncles | Festival Patron

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A huge, warm, personal THANK YOU from our team to: 

Our whānau and friends, supporting us through the wild festival times. Colleagues and mates at other festivals and arts organisations around Aotearoa and beyond. The Nelson Arts Festival whānau including Annabel, Sophie, Charlie, Amanda, Axel, Michaela, Padma, Jacquetta, Rose, Shanine and all our incredible volunteers; Martin and the team at Nelson City Council; Eliane & the team at Theatre Royal; James & the team at NCMA; Julie, Kyla, Will & the team at Suter Art Gallery; Lloyd, Janja & Heidi at Arts Council Nelson/Refinery ArtSpace; Keegan at Kirby Lane; Pete & Glenn at RockQuest; Olivia & Ru at Brook Waimārama Sanctuary; Norma, Jenny & Steve at Victory Community Centre; Paul & the team at Victory Boxing; Kymberly & Nick at Kismet; Meg, Marnie, Ang & the team at Tāwhiri; Mary & the team at MCH; Cassandra, Gretchen, Cathryn & the team at Creative NZ; John, Annie & the team at Patronbase; Joseph, Nadia, Oriwa, Tony & Vanessa at Downing; Anna & Ramisha at MNT; Anne at Make/Shift Spaces; Tanya & the Cultural Conversations community; Debbie & all the Nelson Youth Councillors; Olivia & Nicole at NMIT; Rebecca, Rita & the NRDA team; Ange & Lynet at Morrison Square; Simon & the Uniquely Nelson team; Donna Chapman & Jane Fisher; Bill & Mary Page; Platform Interpreting New Zealand; Arts Access Aotearoa; Audio Described New Zealand; and our furry sanity-savers Solnit, Pixie, Susan, Bella & other packmates.

To our incredible artists and our committed, engaged community: 
You make this Festival what it is. Thank you.

E tū kahikatea, hei whakapai ururoa. Awhi mai, awhi atu, tātou, tātou e.

Kahikatea stand together; their roots intertwine, strengthening each other. We all help one another, and together we will be strong.

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