Booking Information

THE 2018 FESTIVAL HAS FINISHED. We'll be back in October 2019.

Tickets are subject to availability. TicketDirect service fees are per ticket and apply to all bookings.

How to book


On each show page, click on the Book Now button to go directly to the relevant TicketDirect page. Or go to TicketDirect and search Nelson Arts Festival.

In Person

Theatre Royal: 78 Rutherford Street, Nelson.
Open Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm and one hour prior to performances in the Theatre Royal.

Nelson Centre of Musical Arts: 48 Nile Street, Nelson.
Open Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm and one hour prior to performances in NCMA.

Nelson iSITE: Corner of Trafalgar & Halifax Streets.
Open 7 days, 10am-4pm.

Richmond Mall Information Desk: Mon-Wed & Fri, 9am - 5pm; Thu, 9am - 7.30pm; Sat, 9am - 4.30pm; Sun, 9am - 3.30pm.

By Phone

Theatre Royal: 03 548 3840 ext 2.
Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm.

TicketDirect: toll free 0800 224 224.
Mon-Sat, 9am-5.30pm.

Nelson i-SITE: 03 548 2304
Open 7 days, 10am-4pm.

Tickets booked over the phone can be couriered for an additional fee.

During the Festival

The Festival Box Office at Founders Heritage Park will be open one hour prior to performances in the park.

Door Sales

Door sales are only available for shows not already sold out.
These tickets will be on sale at the venue one hour prior to the performance for events held at the Theatre Royal, Founders Heritage Park and Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, and 30 minutes prior to performance for other venues.

How to pay

Theatre Royal, i-SITE, Festival Box Office & NCMA: Cash, EFTPOS or credit card.

Online & Phone: Credit or debit card. Fees apply for credit card purchases.

Service Fees and Charges

Online Purchases
$1.50 per ticket

Box Office Purchases
$2.50 per ticket

Phone Purchases
$3.50 per ticket*

* This fee does not apply to phone bookings through the Theatre Royal or Nelson i-SITE.

Delivery Charges
Online Print Your Own (PYO): Free
Online - Pick Up Fee: $5 per transaction
Courier Delivery: $7 per transaction
Rural Courier Delivery: $10 per transaction

Special Offers

Early Bird Discount

The Early Bird discount period finished on 31 August.

$260 (plus TicketDirect service fee)

This is for serious Festival Fans! Get tickets to six shows and pay only one set of TicketDirect Service Fees, giving savings of up to $50! Limited availability, so be quick as shows will sell out!

Available only in person at Theatre Royal Nelson.

Student Stand-by

For valid student ID cardholders only, last-minute stand-by tickets, when available, can be purchased 30 minutes before the start of a show. Student stand-by tickets are only available if a show is not sold out.
Go to the Box Office at the relevant venue, with your student ID card, to purchase your stand-by ticket.

$10 for shows and $5 for Readers and Writers’ events, plus TicketDirect service fee.

Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers 'Hear More For Less' Special Offers

5 for $50 or 10 for $90 (plus TicketDirect service fee)

These offers:

  • Include the Lunch and Thinking Brunch sessions, but not the food,
  • Can be used for group bookings, so are great for friends or book groups,
  • Can only be purchased at Theatre Royal Nelson.

Please select the talks you wish to attend before going to the box office.

Group Booking

For many shows, groups of six or more people qualify for a discount price, as listed on the relevant show listings.

Important Information

Ticket Prices
Ticket prices include GST but do not include TicketDirect service fees or Credit Card fees.

The age to qualify for the Senior price is 65 years old.

General Admission (GA)
All venues, except Theatre Royal and Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, have GA (General Admission) seating. This means they do not have allocated seating. Please arrive in good time.

Exchanges & Refunds
Once tickets have been purchased we are not able to refund them except under the Fair Trading Act and Consumer Guarantees Act. Tickets are subject to availability and are non-transferable.

All Festival venues are physically accessible. If you have access requirements please contact the Festival office 03 545 8734,, or for Theatre Royal and Nelson Centre of Musical Arts events, 03 548 3840,

We reserve the right to admit latecomers only at a suitable point in a performance. If there is no suitable point, latecomers may not be permitted entrance. Latecomers are not entitled to a refund or transfer.

The use of mobile telephones or other similar devices is not permitted during shows unless allowed by show producers.
The use of cameras or other recording devices is strictly prohibited.

At the time of printing the Festival brochure, every effort was made to ensure that programme details were correct. However, some changes may have occurred after publication. Check this website for latest information.

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