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Learning the skills of life

Nelson Training Centre students Brooke, Nick and Francis.

Located in Crisps Lane off Hardy St, the Nelson Training Centre (NTC) flies under the radar a little but it is an important part of the Nelson hospitality community.

Uncovering colourful past

The paintworks at Parapara, operated by the Washbourns. The large overshot waterwheel drove the machinery, water ...

You can't keep a good dog down.

Greedy feasts eyes on Nelson

Australian band Mental As Anything are set to rock the town when they perform live in Nelson this September.

All you can eat seafood is just one reason Aussie rocker Greedy Smith is heading to Nelson for Snapafest.

Silent movie and piano history

Buster Keaton in Go West will have the accompaniment of Nelson musician for a school of music fundraiser.

Old St John's may have been built by the Methodists to praise the lord, but its arched ceiling and exposed organ pipes will make a nicely gothic setting for an old time silent movie at next weekend's Sleeping with the Steinway.

Edges well met for Fringe faithful

Nelson Fringe Festival team members Roger Sanders, left, Karolina Gorton, Laura Irish, Hazel Twissell, Debbie Brooks, ...

The Nelson Fringe Festival closed the doors and packed out of the Refinery ArtSpace after a bleary-eyed artist-only "scones and tea" prize-giving on May 8.

Creatives invited to network

The organisers of Creative Arts Network, (CAN),  Jo Kinross, Ronnie Martin, Lloyd Harwood and Barbara Franklet.

 Creatives from the region are invited to join a new initiative which aims to foster links, professional development and ongoing dialogue in the arts.

Detective in time warp

The cast of Inspector Drake and the Time Machine, Jen Amosa as Miss Duck, Josh Radcliffe as Sergeant Plod,  Jennifer ...

What happens when a professor and his beautiful daughter are swept away in a time machine? Call in Inspector Drake of course.

Dylan clebrated

A painting of Bob Dylan by Rick Menard

 The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded Bob Dylan a special citation for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."

Ground breaking doco

Robert Forster as John Cassellis, stars in next week's Film Society screening Medium Cool.

Academy award winner, cinematographer extraordinaire, film producer and director, Haskell Wexler, was judged one of the ten most influential cinematographers in movie history.

Ward marks 50 years of festoonery

Mike Ward in his studio, with the brooch he has donated for a raffle to raise funds for the Blind Foundation Guide Dogs, ...

Artist, politician and raconteur Mike Ward is celebrating fifty years of hammering out jewellery.

Steinway stint

Buz Bryant-Greene will perform at the Nelson School of Music fundraiser on the Steinway piano.

 An extravaganza of musical experiences will be on offer over a 24 hour period next weekend, as a fundraiser for the redevelopment of the Nelson School of Music.

Revelatory feast of opera

Nigel Weeks was the conductor at the Nelson Symphony orchestra', a Night of Opera.

REVIEW: This sumptuous feast of a performance was a revelation – its audience the most involved and animated I've encountered at a Nelson concert.

High country hunting a blast

Baxter's last chance red stag during a West Coast hunt.

The Marlborough High Country is marvellous hunting country. Dry, wide, and vast, it is truly big sky country.

Chopper brings Anzakistan to Nelson

Comedian Heath Frankin thinks his foul-mouthed, no-nonsense Chopper would make a great "benevolent dictator" of an ...

If Donald Trump can be US president why can't Chopper Read lead the world's newest superpower?

Artist hands over selection to students

Artist Marilyn Andrews, centre front with Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology students Sarah Arnold,left, ...

Vibrant art works inviting a playful outlook on life will be on show at the G-Space Gallery next week. Curated by five Bachelor of Arts and Media students at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), the exhibition features work by Marilyn Andrews who has also recently opened her own gallery in Buxton Square, in what was the Hospice offices.

Hot work in autumn show

Nick Duncan and Robert Thompson with work by John Wolter at the Suter Art Society exhibition, Autumn Freedom, opening at ...

Signifying the final in-transit show before the opening of the redeveloped Suter Art Gallery in October this year, the Suter Art Society members exhibition puts on a big spread, with dynamic works crossing painting, wood, stone carving, cut steel and ceramics.

Privileged British on holiday

A scene from Unrelated, the Nelson Film Society screening next week.

Next Thursday the Film Society will screen the last of a selection of female British directors.  In 2007 first time film director and screenwriter Joanna Hogg's film Unrelated took the British film world by surprise when it was released, and went on to win the prestigious Guardian First Film Award.

Trusttum colours at Suter

Suter Art Gallery director Julie Catchpole with work by Philip Trusttum from the exhibition titled Boo.

 Known for his prolific output of large works full of energy and colour, Philip Trusttum gets inspired by the everyday things in life, reports Judith Ritchie.

New outlet for artists in city

Arty Nelson members, Monique Beers, Jeannette Marlow, Peta Wright, Jackie McDonald, Greta McComb, Kirsten Baldwin, ...

It's a daunting task to find an exhibition space in central Nelson while facing a deadline to vacate existing premises. But a group of resourceful artists have taken up the challenge and found what they think is the perfect spot. 

String quartet treat

The American-based Enso String Quartet play in Nelson at Old St Johns next Tuesday.

Nelson audiences are in for a special night out when New York-based ensemble Enso String Quartet perform as part of Chamber Music New Zealand's Kaleidoscopes season. The concert will feature a new work by New Zealand composer Alex Taylor, along with a Ginastera quartet for which the ensemble is renowned.

Starlight sparkles

Christchurch performer Jeff Clark's high-energy Gary Starlight show took out the Best in Fringe at the Nelson Fringe ...

An evening with Gary Starlight Jeff Clark (Christchurch) Saturday, May 7, Refinery ArtSpace, Nelson Fringe Festival.

Passion for puppetry brings Japanese Love Tales alive

Akiko Miyamoto with the Snow Woman.

REVIEW: These performers carried the entire show with professionalism, grace and joy, letting the audience soak up each magical theatrical moment.

Psychological horror unsettling and compelling

Receiver is performed by Hank of Thread (Wellington).

REVIEW: It's fantastic to see intergenerational casts on stage in a play that entertains with thrills but leaves us with topical questions.

Can't-look-away hilarity surprises and delights

Matt Powell and Jennifer O'Sullivan perform in Awkward Threesome.

REVIEW: This show is can't-look-away hilarity that dares to do what this form of comedy does best - surprise.

Heartfelt and moving coming of age pieces

Georgina Sivier performs in "How I Became Me, What is Me and Where to from Here?"

REVIEW: Coming of Age: Double Feature

A world of Ed Sheerans proves to be delightful tale

Duck Bunny Theatre's, Ed Sheeran tastes like chicken.

REVIEW: Ed Sheeran Tastes Like Chicken is a show title that you can't really say without smiling.

'Lots of laughs' at Sherlock spoof

Actors in the Antics Theatre production of "Hound of the Baskervilles" warm up for Sunday's rehearsal. Dr. Watson is ...

REVIEW: The Hounds of the Baskervilles

In search of elusive treasure

A scene from La Sedia della Felicita (The Chair of Happiness), the Nelson Film Society screening next week.

 Our second Italian film The Chair of Happiness is a bittersweet romantic comedy.

Applications open

Figures by Sue Lund of Wellington who exhibited at Art Expo Nelson last year.

Sometimes creating art can be easier than getting it seen by the public.  The good news is that artists who would like 6000 people to view and buy their work can now apply to enter Art Expo Nelson 2016. 

Huggable creatures

Emma Marshall with some of her Softies, showing at G-Space Gallery next week

Emma Marshall's soft sculptural creatures invoke a world of cuddly comfort without worries or responsibilities.

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