Shows

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AN AWFULLY BIG ADVENTURE

Tue 17 Oct, 6pm at Theatre Royal

  • Family
  • Theatre

Brace yourselves for a ridiculously clever play which will transport you to World War One to follow a story of two young men; one a keen enlister, the other a conscientious objector. Read more...

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THE BALLAD OF BACKBONE JOE

Wed 18 Oct, 7.30pm at Festival Mainstage

  • Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Music

High-energy-live-music-Australiana-comedy-visual-theatre-narrative! Read more...

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BIG DADDY WILSON & BAND

Sat 14 Oct, 8pm at Festival Mainstage

  • Music

Take a Cadillac ride through the Southern States and you’ll hear a thousand flavours of music... “It’s a mixture of all the spices and good stuff,” says the award-winning US bluesman Big Daddy Wilson. Read more...

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COUCH STORIES

Tue 17 Oct, 7.30pm at Granary Festival Café

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  • Korero

Couch Stories are true stories, told the old fashioned way – no pictures, no notes. Read more...

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THE CREAMERY

Tue 17 & Wed 18 Oct, 7pm at Nelson Musical Theatre

  • Dance
  • Theatre

Enter the sumptuous world of cheese-making where artisans compete to win your favour and create the finest slice of cheese.
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CUDO

Mon 23 Oct, 6pm at Theatre Royal

  • Dance

CUDO (Latin): to beat, strike or forge.
An exciting mixture of urban beats, mechanical movement, AV and sound technology. Read more...

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DECLAN O’ROURKE & VISHTÈN

Sun 15 Oct, 7pm at Festival Mainstage

  • Music

A mélange of traditional Irish and Canadian music styles from both sides of the Atlantic. Read more...

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ERNEST RUTHERFORD: EVERYONE CAN SCIENCE!

Wed 18 & Thu 19 Oct, 7pm at Suter Theatre

  • Comedy
  • Theatre

Long dead moustachioed scientific giant Ernest Rutherford claws his way off the hundred-dollar bill to give his first lecture in over 70 years. Read more...

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GUY BUTTERY

Fri 20 Oct, 8pm at The Boathouse

  • Music

Award-winning, internationally recognised guitarist, and something of a South African national treasure, Guy Buttery enjoys invitations to play all over the globe. Read more...

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HUDSON & HALLS LIVE!

Thu 19 Oct, 8pm; Fri 20 Oct, 1pm & 8pm at Theatre Royal

  • Theatre
  • Comedy

And we’re live! The oven’s caught fire, David is drinking and Peter has bad news. Read more...

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IF THERE'S NOT DANCING AT THE REVOLUTION, I’M NOT COMING

Fri 13 & Sat 14 Oct, 8pm at Suter Theatre

  • Theatre

This is a work to wake us up a little.
This is a party.
This is a poem.
This is a call to arms. Read more...

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JULIA DEANS & SJD

Thu 12 Oct, 7.30pm at Festival Mainstage

  • Music

Home grown singer-songwriters Julia Deans and Sean James Donnelly invite you to come and wallow in a selection of some of their most treasured sad songs. Read more...

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KOKAKO’S SONG

Fri 13 Oct, 10.30am & 1.30pm at Nelson Musical Theatre

  • Theatre
  • Family

With beautifully handcrafted life-sized puppets and original live music, Kokako’s Song is a little show with a big heart! Read more...

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LAUGHTON KORA & FRIENDS

Sun 22 Oct, 8pm at Festival Mainstage

  • Music

A night of electronic funk that will tantalise the ears and give you the overwhelming urge to party hard. Read more...

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LOLO LOVINA

Sat 14 Oct, 2pm at Neudorf Vineyards

  • Music

Lolo Lovina ('Red Beer') is an intoxicating brew infused with unza, swing and Balkan Gypsy beats, a combination sure to get the Neudorf crowd moving! Read more...

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THE MAORI SIDESTEPS

Fri 20 Oct, 8pm at Festival Mainstage

  • Comedy
  • Music

Get ready for a night of hilarity as The Māori Sidesteps turn some of your favourite songs on their head in a mix of satirical skits and crooning goodness. Read more...

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MAUNGATAPU

Mon 16 & Tue 17 Oct, 7pm at Suter Theatre

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  • Theatre

WORLD PREMIERE
Murder, mayhem, love, loyalty, betrayal, honour, comradeship, justice, injustice and Nelson… this story has it all. Read more...

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THE ORCHID AND THE CROW

Wed 11 & Thu 12 Oct, 7pm at Suter Theatre

  • Comedy
  • Music
  • Theatre

A life affirming musical comedy about family, faith and survival. Read more...

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OTTO & ASTRID – EUROSMASH!

Fri 13 Oct, 8pm at Theatre Royal

  • Comedy
  • Music
  • Cabaret

Dysfunctional siblings Otto & Astrid - Die Roten Punkte - are back with their latest show Eurosmash!, one of the most irreverent and funny gigs you are ever likely to see! Read more...

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PECHAKUCHA

Mon 16 Oct, 7.30pm at Festival Mainstage

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  • Korero

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

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PLAY ON

Sat 14 Oct, 8pm at Theatre Royal

  • Music

A musical imagining of Shakespeare’s great soliloquies. Read more...

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PSS PSS

Sat 21 & Sun 22 Oct, 7pm at Theatre Royal

  • Circus
  • Family

From Compagnia Baccalà, an extraordinary physical performance blending contemporary clowning with theatre and circus. Read more...

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SALUT PRINTEMPS!

Sun 22 Oct, 2pm at Old St John's, 320 Hardy Street, Nelson

  • Music

New Zealand’s premier professional choir, Voices New Zealand, welcomes spring with SALUT PRINTEMPS. Read more...

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SUNNY RAY AND THE MAGNIFICENT MOON

Wed 11 Oct, 1pm; Thu 12 Oct, 10.30am at Suter Theatre

  • Family
  • Theatre

Imagine what it’s like to stay up all night! Read more...

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THAT BLOODY WOMAN

Wed 11 & Thu 12 Oct, 7.30pm at Theatre Royal

  • Rock Opera

Time to rock the vote! Radical, riotous and bursting with wit, this bold musical experience about one of New Zealand’s greatest heroes is a red-hot hit that pulsates with passion. Read more...

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THE ROYALE RIOT

Tue 17 Oct, 8pm at The Mussel Inn

  • Music

Wear your best dancing shoes for Royale Riot! It’ll be a night of bent and broken rockabilly tunes from this award-winning Aussie band – Suitcase Royale. Read more...

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THOMAS OLIVER & BAND

Sat 21 Oct, 8pm at Festival Mainstage

  • Music

Known for his slide guitar-playing skills, tender vocals and engaging demeanour on stage, Thomas Oliver plays a distinctive blend of roots, soul, folk and electronic music. Read more...

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TIJUANA CARTEL

Fri 13 Oct, 8pm at Festival Mainstage

  • Music

Tijuana Cartel: an East meets West wonderland for those seeking sensory overload, euphoria, fat beats and heavy, bass-fuelled electronica. Read more...

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VALERIE

Thu 19 Oct, 7.30pm at Festival Mainstage

  • Cabaret
  • Theatre

“I'm starting to think about genetics, what's passed on. What isn't. I'm thinking of my grandmother, Valerie.” Read more...

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WHITE MAN BEHIND A DESK: LIVE

Sat 21 & Sun 22 Oct, 8pm at Suter Theatre

  • Comedy

Robbie Nicol, described by the Sunday Star Times as the ‘Kiwi John Oliver’ (a phrase he will never shake for the rest of his life) is leaving the safety of his Facebook and YouTube webseries and performing live. Read more...

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FESTIVAL IN DEVELOPMENT - BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Sat 21 Oct, 11am at Nelson Provincial Museum

  • Free
  • Korero
  • Theatre

From acclaimed actress and playwright Elisabeth Easther, a reading of her new play Birds of a Feather, about Perrine Moncreiff, a woman who refused to take ‘No’ for an answer. Read more...

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MASKED PARADE & CARNIVALE

Fri 27 Oct, 5.30pm (Parade), 6.30–10pm (Carnivale) at Upper Trafalgar & Hardy Streets

  • Family
  • Free

The iconic Nelson Masked Parade is an explosion of colour, music and performance in mask, this year themed 'We are the World'. Read more...

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PIC'S GRANARY GIGS

Throughout the Festival at Granary Festival Café

  • Free
  • Music

Pic's Granary Gigs - an exciting line-up of local and visiting musicians, playing free! Come early, enjoy great food and drinks, and grab a seat as these gigs usually fill up. Read more...

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STAGE ONE

Tue 24 - Fri 27 Oct, 11am - 2pm at 1903 Square, Top of Trafalgar Street

  • Family
  • Free
  • Music

Stage One is a designated student stage on 1903 Square at the top of Trafalgar Street, where primary and secondary students perform for the public. Read more...

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VISUAL ARTS

Throughout the Festival at Founders Heritage Park; Bank Lane

  • Free
  • Visual Arts

Founders Heritage Park and Bank Lane in the CBD provide the canvas for a range of visual arts projects. Read more...