Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Nelson Arts Festival - Oct 14-24th

Media release:

Nelson Arts Festival - Oct 14-24th

The Nelson Arts Festival and Trafalgar 200 Programme hits the streets tomorrow (Fri Aug 26th), promising an array of music, theatre and comedy in 50 performances over 10 days around Labour Weekend, plus all the pomp, ceremony and family fun of the Trafalgar 200 celebrations.

Nelson City Council Arts Festival Director Annabel Norman says when the events kick off at dusk on Friday 14 October in the Port Nelson Masked Parade, we are in for a celebration that will bring a spring buzz to the city.

"The festival this year has the opportunity to stand alone without the WOW awards, giving us the flexibility to combine with the Christchurch and Taranaki Arts Festivals to bring in national and international acts," she said. "It's the first time jazz pianist Mike Nock has brought his acclaimed trio to Nelson, we have ŒKing and Country' with the music of World War I played on stage by Nelson City Brass, there is the imaginative music of The Lab, comedy from Te Radar, dance from Raewyn Hill exploring the world of drug addictionŠand a lot more."

Last year's Early Bird specials are back, along with a book of vouchers to any ten shows for $230, a saving of up to $12 per show.

"We have introduced the voucher system to reward people who really support the festival by going to a lot of shows, and also to encourage businesses and organizations to make block bookings to give staff, clients or members an affordable and memorable night out."

Mayor Paul Matheson said Trafalgar 200, commemorating of the Battle of Trafalgar, had developed into a world wide event and here in Nelson, broadened into a celebration of our region and its lifestyle.

There is something for everyone in Nelson City Council's Trafalgar 200 programme. You can dance and party to the music of the Band of the Royal New Zealand Navy and Amsterdam's SDJ Alec Smart, at the Trafalgar 200 Ball. Hundreds of uniformed sailors will be in town with the ten Naval ships in port. 200 pipers from all over New Zealand will pipe their way up Trafalgar Street, followed by the pomp and ceremony of the Charter Parade. From fireworks and entertainment at the Trafalgar 200 Grand Finale and arts, wine and cuisine at Sealord Love Nelson, it's going to be all go.

"Late October in Nelson is going to be very special this year," said Annabel Norman. "It's not too late to invite your friends. We have a programme that deserves to be shared - we'd like nothing better than to see the full house signs go up!"

Pick up a programme for the Nelson Arts Festival and Trafalgar 200 at Civic House, Nelson Public Libraries and numerous retail outlets throughout the city. Nelson Arts Festival Bookings are now open at Everyman Records in Hardy Street, phone 548 3083. Trafalgar 200 Ball tickets ($70) are available from the Council. Find out more at


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Reuben Moss' Property is Theft! & Kaitani at The Physics Room

Property is Theft! continues Moss’ interest in the contemporary urban environment as a space controlled by pulsing and unequal flows of capital and labour. Kaitani features work by the University of Canterbury Fijian Students Association and Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka. More>>

Handcrafted Form: Rare Treasures From Japan

This unique exhibition at Expressions Whirinaki represents 90 everyday objects made by contemporary Japanese artisans who employ various traditional craft techniques made in regional workshops. The works used in daily life are crafted from raw materials with techniques appropriate to bringing out the best of its medium, balancing ease of use with aesthetic appeal. More>>

Howard Davis Article: A Musical Axis - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius

Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major, Wagner's irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, and Sibelius' chilling and immensely challenging Violin Concerto in D minor exemplify distinct stages of development in a tangled and convoluted series of skirmishes that came to define subsequent disputes about the nature of post-Romantic orchestral writing well into the following century. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: A Pale Ghost Writer

Reviewed by Ruth Brassington, Richard Flanagan's new novel is about a novelist hastily ghost-writing the biography of a crook about to go to trial. The reader is kept on a cliff-edge, as the narrator tries to get blood out of his stone man. More>>

New Zealand Wars Commemoration: Witi Ihimaera's Sleeps Standing Moetū

The second of several articles to mark Rā Maumahara, remembering the New Zealand Land Wars. The first was a Q&A with Vincent O’Malley, author of The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000. More>>




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland