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Earlybird gets the worms!

Bird Watchers’ Guide

As sure as the annual departure of the godwits for Alaska, the Early Bird has had his month of fame and is about to flap back to his lonely nest. SO GET OUT NOW and buy your Nelson Arts Festival tickets to save $4 per ticket. Two people going to four shows is a saving of $32 – maybe enough to book another show - toss a coin to see who goes.

Ticket sales are up on previous years with some clear favourites already emerging. We’re picking the Loons’ new cabaret show Berlin Burlesque at the Theatre Royal to be our first sell out. There will be more, with the Masters Games in town plus the rugby visitors. So get those tickets while you can and before the Early Bird discount ends on Sunday October 4.

Charlie’s Pick

Charlie Unwin is the Festival Producer and here’s why he’s looking forward to Random Acts of God and Other Stories.

I recently had the pleasure of seeing this show at the Christchurch Arts Festival being performed and my socks were well and truly knocked off! Created in the aftermath of Christchurch’s devastating earthquake this is a show that is just as much about the music as it is dance. A live band performs wonderful renditions of numbers from artists as diverse as The Cure, Mazzy Star, Johnny Cash and Tom Waits while a quartet of dancers express the full range of emotions felt post quake. Sexy, provoking, stylish and definitely unique, this is one of the best shows that I have been involved with in a very, very long time. But don’t take my word for it… no actually do take my word for it – this is one show you won’t want to miss!

Catch Random Acts of God at The Festival Tent, Thurs 20 Oct, and Fri 21 8.30pm

Facebook Giveaway

We’re right into our Social Media here at the Nelson Arts Festival and we’re using it to give you the chance to win some fantastic prizes. The lovely Irene McMunn from Silent Night has been kind enough to give us a copy of her much prized Be Bold with Bananas cookbook to give away. To win this and a double pass to see Irene in Silent Night follow this link to our Facebook page and post your most memorable Christmas picture on our wall and the festival team will pick the winner on Tuesday 6th September.

While you’re there make sure you click that like button to get all our updates and news and why not suggest your friends do the same?

Gratis Granary Gigs

Hard up, spent all your dough on shows, just looking for a pleasant early evening meal in a new café (with a short life), or mad keen to soak up that famous festival buzz?

Head on down to the Granary Festival Cafe where there’s a great line up of local and visiting talent on stage on all the nights when shows are programmed and on weekend afternoons. Pop in again after your show to compare notes and discuss the evening’s doings. It’s all for free! Save your money for the region’s best wine from Woollaston and Neudorf and Dead Good Beer, plus delicious meals, snacks and great coffee.

On the road

Where we bring you review notices from outta town and get the critics’ top picks on what we have in store. Fleur Elise Noble has been performing her 2 Dimensional Life of Her in Los Angeles. Here is what Harvey Perr in Theater Los Angeles had to say…

“Noble’s collage (of projected images, cut-outs, drawings, puppets, paper, and Ms. Elise herself in constant movement somewhere in the space) creates a crisp black-and-white world, with more shades of grey in between than you might ever have imagined, and, in its endlessly inventive way, continuously defies any expectations you might have. A bold conflagration – the only flash of color in the film - tears apart that very world before Ms. Elise puts it all together again, though, once again, not in ways that are in any way predictable. This is something to be seen and seen again and yet again...”

We are staging 2 Dimensional Life of Her at the Nelson Musical Theatre from Thurs 20 Oct to Sun 23 Oct. Get your tickets now to ensure you don’t miss this fantastic, unique show.


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