Shows

don mc shayne carter

AN EVENING WITH DON MCGLASHAN & SHAYNE CARTER

Fri 14 Oct, 8pm at Festival Mainstage

  • Music

Two of New Zealand's most lauded songwriters - Don McGlashan (Blam Blam Blam, The Front Lawn, Muttonbirds) and Shayne Carter (Bored Games, Straitjacket Fits, Doublehappys, Dimmer, The Adults) - team up for a very special evening of music. Read more...

ben hurley

BEN HURLEY'S EARTH PLANET WORLD

Sat 22 & Sun 23 Oct, 7pm at Suter Theatre

  • Comedy

Ben Hurley takes us around every single country in the world, one joke at a time! Read more...

cheap fakes

CHEAP FAKES

Thu 20 Oct, 8pm at Festival Mainstage

  • Music

The dapper-dressed six-piece Cheap Fakes is a much loved live band for good reason. With suave moves and catchy tunes, their brass-fuelled funk and soulful ska have been moving festival crowds for nearly seven years. Read more...

commander claire

COMMANDER CLAIRE & THE PIRATES OF PROVENCE

Sun 23 & Mon 24 Oct, 11am & 1pm at Theatre Royal

  • Family
  • Free
  • Theatre

Ooh la la! Something sinister is afoot. New Zealand is under attack from the infamous French Pirate Captain Langlois and his fiendish Gallic rooster, Napoleon. Read more...

complete history nz navy

THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND NAVY – ABRIDGED!

Sun 23 Oct, 6.30pm at Theatre Royal

  • Theatre

A fast paced naval romp through the decades to mark the Royal New Zealand Navy's 75th anniversary. Read more...

couch stories

COUCH STORIES

Tue 18 Oct, 7.30pm at Granary Festival Café

  • Korero

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

delaney davidson nicole izobel garcia

DELANEY DAVIDSON & NICOLE IZOBEL GARCIA

Sun 23 Oct, 8pm at Festival Mainstage

  • Music

Spanish sagas of love and betrayal, Swiss parables of adoration and revenge, southern gothic blues and 40’s Mexican bolero cabaret trash from the non-stop whirlwind that is Delaney Davidson. Read more...

don juan

DON JUAN

Thu 13 Oct, 8pm; Fri 14 Oct, 8pm [Fri - Sold Out] at The Playhouse

  • Comedy

Leave your inhibitions at the door and join the party for the most fun you’ve had at the theatre for ages! Read more...

the goblin market

THE GOBLIN MARKET

Sat 22 Oct, 8pm; Sun 23 Oct, 9pm at Theatre Royal

  • Contemporary Circus

Eat fruit. Love lust.
Nelson Arts Festival is proud to present the world premiere of The Dust Palace's new circus theatre work.
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guji guji

GUJI GUJI

Tue 18, 4pm; Wed 19 Oct, 6pm [Wed show Sold Out] at Suter Theatre

  • Family
  • Theatre

Guji Guji is a simple and beautiful story about being different, bullying and family love.
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guy masterson shylock

GUY MASTERSON - SHYLOCK

Wed 12 Oct, 7.30pm at Theatre Royal

  • Theatre

Villain, victim or someone far more intriguing? Shylock explores the tragic, tempestuous, often unbelievable life of fiction’s most famous Jew. Read more...

under milkwood

GUY MASTERSON - UNDER MILK WOOD

Thu 13 Oct, 7.30pm at Theatre Royal

  • Theatre

Celebrating a day in the life of Llareggub - a small seaside village somewhere in Wales - all 69 ebullient inhabitants in Dylan Thomas' timeless masterpiece are hilariously recreated in an amazing feat of memory and virtuosity. Read more...

hinepau

HINEPAU

Tue 18 Oct, 6pm at Theatre Royal

  • Family
  • Theatre

Hinepau is different from other members of the hapū. She looks different, weaves back to front and inside out, and just doesn’t seem to fit in. Hinepau’s attempts to hide her uniqueness fail and, through fear and prejudice, she is cast out. Read more...

jamie bowen

JAMIE BOWEN’S HEART GOES BOOM/HEAD GOES BANG

Sat 22 & Sun 23 Oct, 8:30pm at Suter Theatre

  • Comedy

Jamie Bowen has a particular skill at creating narrative driven stand-up shows that take the audience on a journey.
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ken nicol

KEN NICOL

Thu 20 Oct, 7pm at The Free House Yurt

  • Music

Former member of legendary Steeleye Span, Ken Nicol brings his exceptional musicianship to Nelson. Read more...

little shop of horrors

LIVE LIVE CINEMA: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Sat 15 Oct, 8pm; Sun 16 Oct, 7pm at Theatre Royal

  • Theatre

The ultimate live cult film experience from the people who brought us CARNIVAL OF SOULS in 2012! Read more...

luca ciarla

LUCA CIARLA

Sun 16 Oct, 7pm at Festival Mainstage

  • Music

Italian violin wizard Luca Ciarla owns the stage with his fiddle and a few toy instruments! Read more...

luca ciarla workshop

LUCA CIARLA - WORKSHOP

Mon 17 Oct, 1-3pm at Festival Mainstage

  • Music
  • Workshops

Luca Ciarla is an Italian violin wizard! Read more...

manifesto

MANIFESTO 2083

Fri 14 & Sat 15 Oct, 8pm at Suter Theatre

  • Theatre

An extraordinary insight into the mind of a man who radicalised himself in order to commit an act of terror that shocked the world. Read more...

mighty duke

MIGHTY DUKE & THE LORDS

Sat 15 Oct, 2pm at Neudorf Vineyards

  • Music

With their crisp linen suits, sharp-witted lyrics and ridiculously infectious music, Mighty Duke & The Lords are sure to provide the Neudorf crowd with a rollicking good afternoon of music, merriment and dancing. Read more...

miles calder

MILES CALDER & THE RUMOURS

Fri 21 Oct, 8pm at The Boathouse

  • Music

Miles Calder is a story‐telling folk singer‐songwriter from Wellington with an expressive voice and raw confessional songs. Read more...

miss jean batten

MISS JEAN BATTEN

Sun 16, 7pm [Sold Out]; Mon 17 Oct, 7pm at Suter Theatre

  • Theatre

Jean Batten’s 1936 flight from England to New Zealand in a single engine plane made of wood and fabric, navigating with just a compass and a watch, is one of the extraordinary feats of the last century. Read more...

no more dancing

NO MORE DANCING IN THE GOOD ROOM

Thu 20 & Fri 21 Oct, 8pm at Suter Theatre

  • Comedy
  • Theatre

Chris is putting on another one of his little dance shows. It’s 1999 and he’s not allowed to do it in the ‘Good Room’ – Mum says his limbs are getting too long and Dad thinks he should keep a lid on it. Read more...

pechakucha

PECHAKUCHA

Mon 17 Oct, 7.30pm at Festival Mainstage

  • Korero

PechaKucha returns for its ninth consecutive year at the Nelson Arts Festival, showcasing a diverse range of presentations from interesting and creative people. Read more...

poetry slam

POETRY SLAM

Wed 19 Oct, 7pm at Granary Festival Café

  • Korero

Nelson Regional Slam Finals
Featuring Carrie Rudzinski and Ken Arkind Read more...

sing it to my face

SING IT TO MY FACE

Wed 19 Oct, 6pm; Thu 20 Oct, 2pm at Nelson Musical Theatre

  • Music

IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY, SING IT TO MY FACE!
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Solothello

SOLOTHELLO

Wed 19 Oct, 7pm; arrive by 6.30pm for a Powhiri at Whakatu Marae, Nelson

  • Theatre

A dynamic interpretation of one of history's great tragedies. Read more...

songs for the fallen

SONGS FOR THE FALLEN

Wed 12 & Thu 13 Oct, 7.30pm at Festival Mainstage

  • Cabaret

An outrageous, corset-busting cabaret about a woman who knew one thing: good girls don’t make history. Read more...

tami neilson

TAMI NEILSON

Sat 15 Oct, 8pm at Festival Mainstage

  • Music

With a soulful voice straight from the golden age of country and rockabilly music, Tami Neilson has been described as "A red-hot honky-tonker, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with perhaps just a little bit of Peggy Lee sophistication.” NICK BOLLINGER, RNZ NATIONAL Read more...

the chills

THE CHILLS

Sat 22 Oct, 7.30pm - Nomad, 8pm - The Chills at Festival Mainstage

  • Music

Nearly 35 years after the 1982 record that helped launch Flying Nun Records and take the ‘Dunedin Sound’ around the world, The Chills play Nelson Arts Festival! Read more...

theatre in development maungatapu burgess gang

THEATRE IN DEVELOPMENT - MAUNGATAPU

Sun 23 Oct, 3pm at Suter Theatre

  • Theatre
  • Korero
  • Free

A unique recipe to get local artists and audiences working together! Read more...

trash test dummies

TRASH TEST DUMMIES

Wed 12 Oct, 7pm; Thu 13 Oct, 7pm at Suter Theatre

  • Comedy
  • Family

A family friendly, circus comedy show like no other! Read more...

triumphs and other alternatives

TRIUMPHS AND OTHER ALTERNATIVES

Fri 14 Oct, 8pm at Theatre Royal

  • Dance

Triumphs and Other Alternatives collides sculpture with gutsy performance to create a visceral new form of dance theatre. Read more...

white guitar

THE WHITE GUITAR

Thu 20 & Fri 21 Oct, 8pm at Theatre Royal

  • Theatre

Renowned hip-hop artist Scribe features with his father John and brother Matthias in the stunning true story of their family, the Luafutus. Read more...