Nelson Arts Festival  |  11-26 October 2018


We are now in planning mode for the 2018 Nelson Arts Festival. The programme will be announced in early August and we'll update this page whenever we have news to share. 

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

2017 Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers programme PODCASTS

We're thrilled to be able to share PODCASTS of most of the 2017 Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers sessions from last year.


Theme: Weird & Wonderful
Date: Friday 26 October 2018

The theme for the 2018 Masked Parade – Weird & Wonderful – was selected from the many suggestions received for the 2017 parade. We announced the theme early so that everyone who wants to take part – schools especially – have plenty of time to plan ahead.

We hope this theme will offer many exciting possibilities for interpretation, exploring 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.

Theme: We are the World
With many strong entries to choose from, the judges found it hard to make a decision. The winners in each category were:

School Category
1st - Upper Moutere School                                
2nd - Waimea and Nelson Intermediate combined
Group Category
1st - Sambassadors                                            
2nd - Taoist Tai Chi Society 

Individual Category
1st - Mike Ward                                         
2nd - Karl Wulff

The Kim Merry Supreme Award Trophy for the best of the winners went to:
Upper Moutere School

Congratulations to all the winners, and to everyone who took part.

Nelson Arts Festival team

Festival Office
+64 3 545 8734