Nelson Arts Festival  |  11-26 October 2018


We are now in planning mode for the 2018 Nelson Arts Festival and will announce the programme in early August.

If you would like to support the Festival, we'd love to hear from you. Phone 03 545 8734 or email us


Date: Friday 26 October 2018
Theme: Weird & Wonderful

Explore the many weirdly wonderful and wonderfully weird aspects of our world. Think about what can be seen through a microscope, what can be imagined of the future or discovered about the past. All are invited to delve into the awesome, the marvellous, the extraordinary, the Weird and Wonderful.

Enrol for the Masked Parade

Calling Musicians, Performers, Dancers: We are on the lookout for quality talent to perform in the Masked Parade and at the Carnivale afterwards. Get a group of friends together, get that band out of the garage, put your dancing shoes on and join us in the streets for a bit of Weird and Wonderful! Please register here if you want to be part of the fun.

Food Stalls: Are you a food trader? We are looking for all types of quality food to add to the wonderful Carnivale atmosphere and to compliment Nelson's restaurant scene. Please register here and we will be in touch.

We're thrilled to be able to share PODCASTS of most of the 2017 Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers sessions from last year. Click on the button below and select a podcast.

2017 Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers Programme PODCASTS

Nelson Arts Festival team

Festival Office
+64 3 545 8734