Arts Festival

Missing mayor mystery on stage

Cast members Gordon Taylor, left, as Inspector Corkwell with Barbara Seymour, as Annie Snodgrass, and Samuel Martin, as ...

Eighty years ago former Nelson mayor William Snodgrass disappeared from a ferry. The audience in a new play will be asked for solutions to the mystery.

A gift to humanity

An Ans Westra photo from her Washday at the Pa series.

REVIEW: Aperture is a play that will leave you basking in the warmth of a photographer who captured the rich humour, love and joy in Māori culture.

Migrant art on display

Members of the Bhutanese Society of Nelson dance group pose for a selfie ahead of their performance in Upper Trafalgar ...

Nelsonians are invited to get a taste of the art and culture of migrant communities during the Nelson Arts Festival.

Mr Red Light's bad luck

The cast of Mr Red Light, written by Carl Bland.

Three hostages, a gunman and an ant pondering his lonely existence are stuck in a suburban pie shop.

Film festival short and brief

Grab your popcorn, sit back and relax, and enjoy some of the best short films from some of the best student filmmakers ...

The best student filmmakers from around the Nelson region will have their work showcased on the Suter's silver screen.

Fast and fun in the sun

Australian trop pop band Mighty Duke and The Lords' gave the crowd a fast, fun set of Calypso Ska at Neudorf Vineyards - ...

Ska in the country? Don't mind if I do.

Kiwis living in Wild West

Author Stephanie Johnson has deftly woven together the true stories of five 20th century New Zealand writers who found ...

Celebrated New Zealand author Stephanie Johnson knows all about the myths and mysteries surrounding our relationship with the wild West Island that we call Australia.

Band embraces Māori sounds

Scottish band, Shooglenifty, is performing at Founder's Heritage Park as part of the Nelson Arts Festival.

Scottish band Shooglenifty are heading to Nelson Arts Festival with a waiata or two up their sleeves.

Rain threatens parade

The 25th Mask Parade will shift to Sunday night if it is postponed on Friday.

A decision will be made at 11am on Friday whether the Mask Parade and Carnivale will go ahead as planned.

Other-worldly adventures

Dr Rebecca Priestly will be sharing her deeply personal tour of Earth's most remote and isolated continent, Antarctica, ...

Award-winning science writers will be exploring what's above and beyond New Zealand.

Dolls on a roll video

The on stage transformation of Meg Latham's 2019 WOW entry worked just as she hoped.

Meg Latham has WOWed judges with a garment inspired by the dress-up paper dolls she played with as a child.

Time to act

Kim Hill will chair the brunch which festival organisers say is a real coup.

 A sold-out Nelson brunch, chaired by broadcaster Kim Hill, will grapple with how Kiwis can work together to avert a climate catastrophe.

Building the dance

A still from The Clearing by Ross McCormack/ Footnote Dance Company.

Inspired by spooky TV shows like Stranger Things and Dark, a very special dance show is on its way to Nelson Arts Festival.

New novel for Knox

Author Elizabeth Knox will speak in Nelson about her new book, The Absolute Novel.

For lovers of young adult fiction, Elizabeth Knox's appearance at Pukapuka Talks will be a fantasy dream come true.

Skyscraper Stan blowing into town

With song heavy on cunning wordplay, rattling snare and twangy guitars, there's a feeling Skyscraper Stan's lyrics might ...

Kiwi country-blues maestro Skyscraper Stan is bringing his whisky-soaked sound to the Nelson Arts Festival.

Set of firsts for authors

Bex Manawatu will be discussing her debut novel at the Page & Blackmore Pukapuka Talks next month, sharing the stage ...

They say be careful when you meet your heroes. But for one author, that couldn't be further from the truth.

The age of living longer

Acclaimed author and playwright Renee Taylor is part of the panel to speak at Thinking Brunch, part of the Page & ...

Nelson Arts Festival audiences will get the chance to tap into the secrets of what makes a fulfilling life at the 'Living Longer' Thinking Brunch.

Kiwi characters and custard squares

Topp Twins Linda, left, and Jools have rightfully cemented their place in the hearts of New Zealanders, changing not ...

The Topp Twins headlined the first Nelson Arts Festival, 25 years ago. Now they’re coming back for the 25th Anniversary.

The Friday Poem

Chris Tse is part of the Friday poem pukapuka talk. Tse won the Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book in poetry in ...

The anthology The Friday Poem: 100 New Zealand Poems will be discussed at a Pukapuka talk as part of the Nelson Art's Festival.

Living on the edge

Chessie Henry (27), nabbed the E.H. McCormick Prize for General Non-Fiction at this year's Ockham New Zealand Book ...

 This year's Nelson Arts Festival readers' and writers' sessions will see two debut authors discuss what led them to write intimate memoirs.

Grease production extolled in Edinburgh

Nelson Youth Theatre have garnered rave audience reviews and a mention in The Times of London during their eight-day run ...

Audiences say 'You're The One That I Want' to a Nelson theatre group taking Grease "with real teenagers" to Edinburgh.

Tailored to perfection

Mary Turner has been entering the World of Wearable art competition since 2000 and has used mathematical ideas as an ...

It's all adding up for one Nelson designer who keeps making it to the WOW stage again and again.

Troupe tells story of WWI safe sex pioneer

Writer and director Penny Taylor says the production isn't about making a heroine of Rout.

World War I safe sex campaigner Ettie Rout's story is to be brought to life on stage at Nelson. 

Smash hit returns

Thousands of people showed up to watch Piki Mai the last time it was in town and organisers are expecting a similar ...

A popular light installation on the Church Steps that tells the story of Nelson's history will return in October.

Arts Festival told to be bolder

The new Nelson Arts Festival Trust have been told to aim higher by some councillors.

Some councillors believe the new trust was too modest in its first year goals.

Cook-off for Motueka Kai Fest video

Mary Ann Wrigley, Stevie Chambers and Alysha Wrigley enjoy the taste of the 2018 Motueka Kai Fest.

A local celebrity cook-off is planned for the third annual Motueka Kai Fest, to be held at Decks Reserve on Sunday.

Actors to bring history alive

Actors Caitlin Brennan, left, Matthew Edgar, Judene Edgar and Anton Bentley are set to bring stories of the Washbourn ...

Visitors to Washbourn Gardens in Richmond may think they have stepped back in time.

K-pop group to perform at Race Unity Day video

The Nelson College for Girls K-pop group set to perform at Race Unity Day are, from back left: Rebecca Amos, Michelle  ...

If you've never seen the sights or heard the sounds of a K-pop dance group, you're in a treat at Race Unity Day.

'Allo 'Allo! reprisal trip down memory lane

It will be a ride down memory lane for Stephens. left, and McInerney, who played the same roles 20 years ago. McInerney ...

Two actors are set to reprise their roles 20 years after they last performed in a Nelson Repertory Theatre production of 'Allo 'Allo!

The NZ band you never heard of video

Bass player Paul Woolright is hoping to get the old band back together ...

They were named to support Black Sabbath on a world tour. Then it all fell apart. Now, there are hopes Christchurch band Ticket could reunite ...

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