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Michael Leunig

An Evening with Michael Leunig

Sun 14 Oct, 5pm at FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE

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  • Korero
  • Writers

Internationally acclaimed Australian cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet Michael Leunig shares his love of cartooning and human observation as he talks and draws his way through an evening of sublime charm and insight. Read more

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Ann-Droid

Tue 16 Oct, 7pm; Wed 17 Oct, 10.30am [sold out] at THEATRE ROYAL

  • Family
  • Theatre

A 21st century Pinocchio that combines theatre with the newest digital technologies: projection, smart LED costume, robot ball and drone, in a fascinating story for all ages. Read more

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Aperture - Festival in Development

Sat 20 Oct, 5pm at Johnny Cash Room, G Block, NMIT

  • Korero
  • Theatre
  • Free

Martine Baanvinger, who wrote and starred in the award-winning play 'Solitude', has discovered another great true story and is developing it into a one-woman play. Read more

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Balancing Act

Sat 13 Oct, 10.30am for brunch, 11am start at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Writers
  • Korero

What does it take to support parents in the workplace, and how can we make the career ladder more baby-friendly? Read more

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Beyond The Plate

Mon 22 Oct, 1.30pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Writers

Cookbooks are no longer merely compilations of recipes. Amber Rose and Fiona Summerfield explore food writing and how food is part of our culture. Read more

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Captain Pinky's Pirate Toddler Boogie

Sun 14 Oct, 2pm at NELSON CENTRE OF MUSICAL ARTS

  • Family

Penny Ashton leads a pirate themed disco for the young and young at hearrrrrrt! Read more

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Conversations With Dead Relatives

Sat 13 & Sun 14, 7pm at SUTER THEATRE

  • Theatre

Stories. We all have them. Read more

9 Gavin Bishop

Cook's Cook

Sat 20 Oct, 1.30pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Writers
  • Family

Gavin Bishop follows the 1768 journey of Captain James Cook’s H.M.S. Endeavour with the ship’s cook, the one-handed John Thompson, as storyteller. Read more

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Couch Stories

Tue 16 Oct, 7.30pm at FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE

  • Korero

Couch Stories are true, personal stories told live on stage, without notes or pictures. Read more

8 James Russel

Dragon Books

Sat 20 Oct, 11am at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Writers
  • Family

James Russell has entranced several generations with the books he has self-published under the Dragon Brothers Books moniker. Read more

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Driftwood

Thu 11 & Fri 12 Oct, 7pm at THEATRE ROYAL

  • Contemporary Circus

In this colourful and turbulent concoction of pure joy and intimacy, watch Casus Circus bring a blank canvas to life and revel in our innate need for human contact. Read more

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Driving to Treblinka

Sat 13 Oct, 1.30pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

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  • Writers

Join 2018 Ockham Award winner Diana Wichtel in conversation with Elizabeth Knox about her long search to find out what happened to her father. Read more

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The Dunstan Creek Haunting

Thu 11 & Fri 12 Oct, 7pm at SUTER THEATRE

  • Theatre

A show to make you gasp, laugh... and scream! Read more

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The Eastern & Not Bruce Willis

Sun 21 Oct, 7pm Not Bruce Willis; 8.15 The Eastern at FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE

  • Music

In 2013 The Eastern closed out the Festival with a legendary night in the Granary. Now five years later, history repeats itself – this time on our Mainstage! They'll be supported by Nelson band Not Bruce Willis. Read more

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Family Narratives

Sat 20 Oct, 3.30pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Writers

Pip Desmond and Emma Gilkison explore how love compelled them to write about the intimate details of their family lives, revealing stories of universal interest. Read more

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Fight For The Forest

Mon 22 Oct, 11am at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Writers

Paul Bensemann has recorded a largely untold but significant and inspiring history; one that reminds us that change for good is always possible. Read more

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The Flag Project

Fri 12 – Mon 22 Oct at FOUNDERS HERITAGE PARK

  • Visual Arts
  • Community
  • Free

Celebrating Nelson’s artistic past, present and future. Read more

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Garrett Kato

Thu 18 Oct, 8pm at FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE

  • Music

Canadian born Australian based singer-songwriter Garrett Kato is one to watch. His music comes from his heart and soul, his voice effortlessly gentle and soothing. Read more

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Helen Brown's Bono

Sun 14 Oct, 3.30pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Writers

Based on the author’s popular Huffington Post blog, Bono is a funny, tender and insightful story about life, love and recovery. Read more

6 Michele ACourt

How We Met

Sun 14 Oct, 1.30pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Writers

One of NZ’s favourite stand-up comedians, Michèle A’Court returns to Nelson with her new book, How We Met: the ways great love begins... Read more

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Jane Doe

Sat 20 & Sun 21 Oct, 8pm at SUTER THEATRE

  • Theatre

This is a theatre show reflecting on rape culture in our communities. Read more

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Julia Deans & Band

Fri 12 Oct, 8pm at FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE

  • Music

As one of New Zealand’s most iconic performers, Julia Deans’ heartfelt songs have seen her transition from a household name as front-person for Fur Patrol, to an impressive solo artist. Read more

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Lobsters

Mon 15 Oct, 7pm at THEATRE ROYAL

  • Dance
  • Theatre

Inspired by the works of the great surrealist painters, Lobsters is a story about love itself, and the way we must peel away our shells to find our authentic selves. Read more

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Louis Baker & Band

Sat 13 Oct, 8pm at FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE

  • Music

Independent soulful singer-songwriter Louis Baker is inarguably one of the most compelling voices to emerge in recent years from New Zealand’s fertile musical landscape. Read more

Raj Chatraborti

The Man Who Would Not See

Sat 13 Oct, 3.30pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Writers

Rajorshi Chakraborti has mined his own life to write a gripping novel about the disjunction of the immigrant experience. Read more

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Masked Parade & Carnivale

Fri 26 Oct, 5.30pm (Parade), 6.30–10pm (Carnivale) at Upper Trafalgar & Hardy Streets

  • Community
  • Free

The iconic Nelson Masked Parade & Carnivale will once again wrap up the Nelson Arts Festival with a whirlwind of colour, mask and performance. Read more

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Maurice Gee - Book Launch

Fri 12 Oct, 2.30pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Writers
  • Free

We are thrilled to welcome literary treasure Maurice Gee, who will be discussing his new book, 'Memory Pieces', in what will be his only NZ public event. Read more

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The Messy Magic Adventure!

Thu 11 & Fri 12 Oct, 10am at SUTER THEATRE

  • Family
  • Theatre

The best of circus, slapstick and magic combine in this very special adventure for primary school aged children and their families. Read more

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Mind Matters

Sun, 21 Oct, 3.30pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Writers

Almost half of all New Zealanders will experience some form of mental illness during their lives. How can we prevent illness and help those who are unwell? Read more

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My Best Dead Friend

Thu 18 & Fri 19 Oct, 8pm at SUTER THEATRE

  • Comedy
  • Theatre

A comedy about death, revolution, unfulfilled love, and a possum. Read more

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Nga Hau Ngakau

Sun 21 Oct, 5.30pm at SUTER THEATRE

  • Music
  • Visual Arts

A premiere live performance of the music created for the Ngā Hau Ngākau collaborative exhibition, showing at The Suter Art Gallery between August and October. Read more

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NZ Trio: Exotica

Sat 13 Oct, 6pm at NELSON CENTRE OF MUSICAL ARTS

  • Music

Enjoy a ‘tasting platter’ of a programme, full of vibrant, piquant music from Spain, Argentina, Brazil, and beyond. Read more

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Olive Copperbottom

Tue 16 [sold out] & Wed 17 Oct, 7.30pm at SUTER THEATRE

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  • Comedy
  • Theatre
  • Music

A Dickensian tale of love, gin and the pox! Read more

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Parenting In The Digital Age

Sun 14 Oct, 10.30am for brunch, 11am start at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Writers
  • Korero

From negotiating screen time to protecting kids from cyber bullies and predators, the digital terrain has created a completely new set of challenges for parents. Read more

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PechaKucha

Wed 17 Oct, 7.30pm at FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE

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  • Korero

PechaKucha returns for its eleventh year at the Festival, with a diverse range of presentations from interesting and creative people. Read more

POETRY LANE

Poetry Lane

Thu 11 – Fri 26 Oct at BANK LANE (between Trafalgar St & Montgomery Squ)

  • Visual Arts
  • Writers
  • Free

Bank Lane in the CBD will once again come alive during the Festival, this time with the words of Nelson’s renowned and upcoming poets. Read more

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Poetry Masterclass with Helen Heath

Tue 23 Oct, 10-11.30am at G304, Level 3, NMIT Arts & Media Bldg, Nile St

  • Workshops
  • Writers
  • Free

Join Helen Heath for a workshop on found poems. Read more

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Poetry Slam

Mon 15 Oct, 7pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Korero

Get ready to be transported and dazzled by dancing words as poets pit their hearts and souls against one another in an effort to represent Nelson in the National Poetry Slam Competition. Read more

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Rethinking Death and Dying

Sun 21 Oct, 10.30am for brunch, 11am start at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Writers
  • Korero

There’s compelling evidence that preparing for death enables us to live life to the fullest. Read more

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Rhian Sheehan: A Quiet Divide

Sat 20 & Sun 21 Oct, 8pm at THEATRE ROYAL

  • Music

Transforming the Theatre Royal into a sublime sound and light venue, composer Rhian Sheehan delivers a truly emotive and immersive audio-visual show, showcasing his brand new album A Quiet Divide, as well as work from his previous acclaimed albums. Read more

12 The Robots are Coming

The Robots Are Coming

Sun 21 Oct, 1.30pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Writers

For as long as science fiction has existed, we have been fascinated with the question – will robots be our friends or foes? Read more

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Royal New Zealand Ballet

Sat 13 Oct, 2.30pm & 8pm at THEATRE ROYAL

  • Dance

Watch the dancers of your national ballet company performing a specially curated programme of works, including classical and contemporary favourites. Read more

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Sex On Toast

Sat 20 Oct, 8pm at FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE

  • Music

Sex on Toast is an irrepressibly charming organisation that specialises in raw early 80's funk, hard edged new jack swing, blazing improvisation and heartfelt blue-eyed soul. Read more

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The Shuffle Demons

Sat 13 Oct, 2pm at NEUDORF VINEYARDS

  • Music

The Shuffle Demons are a crowd-pleasing, full-on musical group that backs up their stage antics with phenomenal playing by some of Canada's most talented musicians. Read more

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Songs For Nobodies

Sun 14 Oct, 7pm at THEATRE ROYAL

  • Music
  • Theatre

Award-winning actress and singer Ali Harper is bringing critically-acclaimed, one-woman play Songs for Nobodies to Nelson. Read more

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Sounds Excellent 2018

Mon 15 Oct, 7pm at NELSON CENTRE OF MUSICAL ARTS

  • Music

Enjoy an evening showcasing some of Nelson’s finest singers and musicians. Read more

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Stage One

Tue 23–Fri 26 Oct, 11am-2pm at NELSON CENTRE OF MUSICAL ARTS

  • Music
  • Community
  • Free

Stage One is a designated student stage where primary and secondary students perform for the public in the wonderful heritage Nelson School of Music Auditorium. Read more

THE STORY INSIDE MY HEAD

The Story Inside My Head

Mon 8 – Sat 27 Oct at REFINERY ARTSPACE

  • Visual Arts
  • Free

What do artists think about when they create a work? Read more

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Takiri Ensemble

Sun 14 Oct, 7pm at NELSON CENTRE OF MUSICAL ARTS

  • Music

The Tākiri Ensemble is an exciting and unique vocal ensemble, featuring talented New Zealand musicians – four opera singers and a pianist. Read more

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That F Word

Fri 12 Oct, 12pm for lunch, 12.30pm start at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Writers

It’s 125 years since suffrage, but how far have we come? Lizzie Marvelly issues a wake-up call and a battle-cry for all Kiwi women. Read more

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Tiny Ruins

Fri 19 Oct, 8pm at FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE

  • Music

Hot on the heels of a European tour, Tiny Ruins will showcase new material alongside favourites from their award-winning back catalogue. Read more

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Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

Thu 18 & Fri 19 Oct, 8pm at THEATRE ROYAL

  • Theatre

Samoan New Zealander Tusiata Avia’s poetry becomes a fearless and enchanting piece of theatre under the direction of Anapela Polata'ivao and a cast of six powerful Pasefika actresses. Read more

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Writing Workshop: Writing Through Grief

Thu 18 Oct, 12.30-1.30pm at Elma Turner Library, Halifax Street, Nelson

  • Workshops
  • Writers
  • Free

This workshop will provide inspiration, suggestions and encouragement for anyone interested in writing about a grief-causing experience. Read more

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Anaglypta

Tue 16 Oct, 6pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Music
  • Free

Anaglypta vocalist Angel Pearson and acoustic guitarist Shane Clayton span many styles and musical genres. Read more

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Azra

Sat 20 Oct, 6.30pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Music
  • Free

Three-piece band Azra combines the sounds of synths, guitar, beats and vocals. Read more

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Cruise Control

Sat 13 Oct, 6.30pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Music
  • Free

Playing all the hits from yesteryear, so bring your dancing shoes. Read more

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Gypsy Pickers

Thu 18 Oct, 6.30pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Music
  • Free

The Gypsy Pickers are known for their engaging live performances that have kept them busy touring in NZ, Australia and USA. Read more

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Los Galanes

Fri 12 Oct, 6.30pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Music
  • Free

Come join the fun with one of New Zealand's up and coming Latin bands. Read more

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Marianne Navon

Wed 17 Oct, 6pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Music
  • Free

Join American songstress and new Nelson resident Marianne Navon, together with Denise Glover in an enchanting new duo presenting original songs. Read more

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Te Manawa Choir

Sun 21 Oct, 6pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Music
  • Free

Te Manawa Woman’s World Music Choir is an all-women, a capella group, that sings songs from around the world in three and four-part harmony. Read more

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Minor Celebrity

Fri 19 Oct, 6.30pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Music
  • Free

With wry, superbly crafted songs, Minor Celebrity beat at the digital walls of our selfie-absorbed, media obsessed virtual age. Read more

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Musical Montage Dance Party

Fri 12 Oct, 10pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Music
  • Free

Dagmar from The Musical Montage returns with another selection of lively dance music to kick off the late night Granary gigs. Read more

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The Score

Sat 20 Oct, 10pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Music
  • Free

Tarantino to Scorsese, Spaghetti Westerns to hard-core horror, film scores are the sound track of our lives. Read more

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Serpico

Sat 13 Oct, 10pm at GRANARY FESTIVAL CAFÉ

  • Music
  • Free

Serpico is the House Music DJ Moniker of Ryan Beehre, from New Zealand Electronic Music Icons, Minuit. Read more

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The Flag Project Workshop

Sat 11 Aug, 11am - 2pm at Jaycee Room, Founders Heritage Park

Past Event
  • Visual Arts
  • Workshops
  • Community
  • Free

Thank you to everyone who took part in The Flag Project workshops. Read more