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A cracking night of polished perfection

The Nutcracker ballet dancers, from left Michelle Purves, Jesse Campbell, Sasha Ulsaker.

REVIEW: I doubt you could see The Nutcracker Suite at this level of professionalism anywhere else in the world for only $20.

New York and all that jazz

New York-based Kiwi jazz organist Adrienne Fenemor who grew up in Nelson.

Nelson woman Adrienne Fenemor almost abandoned her dream of becoming a musician during her first year at university.

Rock and rugby join forces

Snaparock promoter Barry Galbraith, top and Tasman Makos player Tim O'Malley combine will both be hoping for a strong ...

Rock and seafood festival Snapafest adds shark to menu after hooking up with the Makos.

Pattern animals fascinate

Bonnie Coad at work in her studio, using pattern pieces and vibrant colours.

Bonnie Coad's exhibition of quirky animal pattern artwork paints the town in colours and witty quips.

Esteemed Maori writer guest at festival

Witi Ihimaera will launch the Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers as guest speaker at the 2016 Nelson Arts Festival in ...

One of New Zealand's most celebrated writers, Witi Ihimaera, is opening Page & Blackmore's Readers and Writers at this year's Nelson Arts Festival.

East German singer forges solo career

A scene from Solo Sunny, next week's Film Society screening.

An east German film explores the journey of a female singer forging a solo career.

For the love of dance

Marlborough Girls College students perform in the VAST Dance Festival 2015.

Contemporary dancer and choreographer, Joash Tuugamusu, is one of the guest tutors at this year's VAST Dance Festival.

The secrets of Tony Southgate - Brightwater Vineyard's award winning viticulturalist

Brightwater Vineyards winemaker Tony Southgate.

OPINION: Tony Southgate is a butcher turned cabinet maker turned award winning winemaker.

Nitro Circus coming to Nelson video

Kiwi Levi Sherwood riding in Nitro Circus Live. The tour will come to Nelson in February next year.

Nelson will get its first taste of the high-flying, death-defying Nitro Circus Live show next year.

A winter's tale of saltwater fishing

Peter Hamilton with a kingfish caught off the West Haven / Whanganui Inlet.

Winter is always a great time to go saltwater fishing.

The lost art of handwriting

Writing desk, wooden. Nelson Provincial Museum Collection: NPM2003.92.1

 Would you win a prize for your neat handwriting? Clara Louisa Bryant did.

A story of disconnection in a connected world

Bird People is showing as part of the New Zealand Film Festival in Nelson next week.

This drama/comedy/fantasy is a story of disconnection in an overly connected world.

Band's second chance at stardom video

The seven-piece band from Golden Bay High School, The Hoard took home second place at the Nelson 2016 Smokefree ...

A hip hop band from Takaka needs your votes for a wild card entry to the Smokefree Rockquest finals

Artists, get your sculpt on

Lloyd Harwood is putting a call out to sculptors to enter their art into Tahunanui Beach sculpture walk that will take ...

3D artists and sculptors are being invited to put their mind to molding, building and creating for a beach walk to thrill.

A cracker of a ballet

The Nutcracker ballet dancers, from left Michelle Purves, Jesse Campbell, Sasha Ulsaker.

A popular ballet with history, style and poise is set to pirouette into Nelson.

Plenty on show in festival's final week

Owen Suskind of Life, Animated.

Here are just some of top movies in store for the New Zealand International Film Festival in Nelson.

A feast of comedy, dance, theatre and music

Triumphs and Other Alternatives

The 22nd Nelson Arts Festival team picks a few highlights from the programme.

Crafting wine from the land

Viticulturist Jonny Hiscox at the Whenua Matua vineyards in Upper Moutere.

Jonny Hiscox is rightfully very proud of his workplace, the Whenua Matua vineyards that are home to Aronui Wines.

Get your groove on to some vinyl sounds

Analog Productions present Vinyl Groove.

Lovers of retro music with a hint of 'mid-century modern' will be right at home on August 20 when Vinyl Groove takes over the Boathouse.

Homecoming for Nelson jazz organist

New York-based Kiwi jazz organist Adrienne Fenemor who grew up in Nelson is returning for a show at the Boathouse.

New York-based Kiwi jazz organist Adrienne Fenemor has immersed herself in the roots of jazz and blues on her new album Mo' Puddin'.

An early bird artist

Artist Patrick White, left, with Morri Street Giesen Gallery coordinator, Eva Kerer, and Lonnie Pomeroy of Giesen ...

Getting up at 4am is not everyone's idea of fun. But for Patrick White, waking in the quiet of early morning with a fresh head and rested eyes has been ideal for painting in his studio at Riwaka. 

Nelson writer honoured

Stray, the second book in a trilogy by Rachael Craw

A Nelson based writer has taken out an award at the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Awards in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Rachael Craw won the HELL Children's Choice Awards in Young Adult Fiction, with her book Stray, taking out $1000 in prize money. 

Film Festival continues

The Innocents is screening as part of the NZ International Film Festival in Nelson.

Some of this week's New Zealand International Film Festival highlights include The Innocents (Thursday, 6.15pm) - a Polish/French psychological drama written and directed by Anne Fontaine.

National entries for Expo

Three dimensional bronze work, Tui Birds by Jay Lloyd, for Art Expo 2016.

Now in it's fifth year, Art Expo Nelson has closed artist applications this week with a large increase on out of town entries compared to last year. 

Youth orchestra tours

The UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra will be in Nelson for training sessions and a concert over the weekend of August 20 ...

Young Nelson orchestral players have been offered the opportunity to learn from guest performers from Christchurch.  

Literature and stamps combine

Lianne Edwards with the six books published by Penguin Random House, featuring her art work.

 Working meticulously cutting stamps into tiny designs has paid off for Nelson artist Lianne Edwards, reports Judith Ritchie.

Tetra pins hopes on second chance

Nelson College for Girls Tetra band membersMadi Fulton Buckle, left, Lara Cammock, Carmen Puklowski and Emma Common want ...

Smokefree Rockquest People's Choice contenders need public's help to win at final hurdle.

Feared food critic rates our fare

Hannah Straker, left, with her mother Fay Maschler who is The London Evening Standard food critic during her visit to Nelson.

The London Evening Standard's longstanding food critic talks about Kiwi influences during her visit to Nelson.

Ups and downs of creativity

Emerging, an oil and Liquitex painting by Jane Riley.

The highs and lows of an artist's journey were shared with a group of Nelson creatives last night, reports Judith Ritchie. Story:

Moving films in festival

Like Crazy, screening at the New Zealand International Film Festival in Nelson tonight and Sunday.

Some of the most interesting films in the New Zealand International Film Festival will be screened at State Cinemas in this first week of the 2016 season.

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