2016 Nelson Arts Festival: Wednesday 12 - Monday 24 October


We are thrilled to present a programme packed with stunning theatre, music, comedy, dance, cabaret, writers' talks, family shows and visual arts.

A particular feature this year is shows about real people. Pieces about Jean Batten, Marie Duplessis and the Maungatapu murderers play alongside New Zealand hip hop legend Scribe in The White Guitar, and a chilling play about mass murderer Anders Breivik, Manifesto 2083.

Kiwi music legends The Chills, Don McGlashan and Shayne Carter share the programme with Delaney Davidson and Tami Neilson, with Miles Calder and Nomad showing us the next generation is in great hands. 

There's also an excellent line-up in the Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers programme. Definitely lots to entertain and challenge.

Plus of course there's the iconic Masked Parade & More FM Carnivale, this year on Friday 21 October, welcoming in Labour Weekend. 

October 12-24 will see artists from all over the country and world converging on Nelson, with Nelson talent well represented too. Come and be part of the Festival Whanau.

Thank you to everyone who has helped bring the programme together. Enjoy!

Nelson Arts Festival team

Festival Office
+64 3 545 8734