Snappy festival opener

01:00, Jul 06 2012

Creative people presenting 20 slides for 20 seconds each will kick off the Nelson Winter Music Festival at a sold-out event tonight.

Pecha Kucha tickets were snapped up soon after they went on sale, alongside tickets to more than 20 other events.

New Zealand soul diva Whirimako Black opens the musical programme with a gala performance tomorrow night.

Not many seats remained to be sold, said Nelson School of Music manager and festival director Frances McElhinney.

Warren Maxwell, Mark Vanilau and Louis Baker will make their debut as a vocal trio on Sunday with a fusion of harmonies reminiscent of Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Also on the bill were The Adults, paired with Nelson string quartet La Vida, the Thomas Oliver Band, and NZTrio, Mrs McElhinney said.

Violinist Justine Cormack, cellist Ashley Brown and pianist Sarah Watkins will provide the soundtrack to an animated film, Kingdom, created by Wellington's David Downes.

The Nelson Winter Music Festival runs until July 22. Get tickets and check out the full programme at