Events in Nelson

Book Night 2019 (Tuesday 21st May 2019)

Book Night is back for 2019!

Bring your book to the Elma Turner Library on Tuesday, May 21st, between 5 pm – 6:30 pm, pull up a chair read for as little as 15 minutes. Hot drinks and snacks will be available and we encourage you to bring along any blankets or hot water bottles to make the night extra cosy. This year we are excited to be running the event with Volume books and will have spot prizes for the store on the night!

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Aotearoa at the Library (Tuesday 21st-Sunday 26th May 2019)

Aotearoa at the Library is back and bigger then ever! Join us for a week of national events as we read, write and talk all things books.

The week of events will be kicking off on Tuesday 21 May with a Shared Reading session. This is followed by Book Night – a popular New Zealand-wide reading extravaganza. Come anytime from 5pm, with an official start at 5.30pm.
On Wednesday 22 May at 1pm we will again be taking part in a special children’s event – the Trans-Tasman National Simultaneous Storytime.
Young adult crime writers Tina Shaw, Helen Vivienne Fletcher and Jennifer Lane will be in conversation with Rachael Craw on Thursday for Mystery in the Library.
Young adult author Tina Shaw is running a creative writing workshop for teens, Grit and Fairy Dust. We finish the week with New Zealand author and journalist Naomi Arnold in conversation with Liz Prize on Sunday. All of these events are taking place at Elma Turner Library.

Tuesday 21 May: 12pm - Shared Reading
Tuesday 21 May: 5pm - Book Night
Wednesday 22 May: 1pm - Simultaneous Storytime
Thursday 23 May: 6pm - Mystery in the Library
Friday 24 May: 3:30pm - YA Writing Workshop
Sunday 26 May: 2pm - Naomi Arnold

Aotearoa at the Library is on these dates: 21st May 2019 22nd May 2019 23rd May 2019 24th May 2019 26th May 2019
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NCMA's Lunchtime Series: Polly & The Minstrel (Thursday 23rd May 2019)

Siobhan Sweeney and Nathan Torvik are a longstanding duo from Nelson, NZ.

Siobhan's heartfelt vocals and original song writing, together with Nate's sensitive guitar accompaniment and virtuosic instrumental abilities have endeared them to audiences around the country and abroad.

Their 2019 lunchtime concert will feature Siobhan's original modern folk songs alongside favourites from their wide ranging repertoire: anything from rootsy traditional folk and bluegrass flatpicking, to the baroque era, 80's pop and African grooves.

Deftly underpinned by Nate's multi-role guitar accompaniment: simultaneous chords, melody, bass and percussion.

Siobhan and Nate's onstage chemistry and relaxed and unassuming delivery makes for a warm and engaging atmosphere.

Proudly supported by Nelson Pine Industries

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Smokefree Rockquest – Nelson Finals (Friday 24th May 2019)

Smokefree Rockquest is New Zealand’s only nationwide, live, original music, youth event. Founded in 1989 by music teachers Glenn Common and Pete Rainey, who now run Rockquest Promotions full-time out of Nelson. Smokefree Rockquest is a New Zealand institution.

Musical successes from Smokefree Rockquest include Kimbra, Broods, The Good Fun, Midnight Youth, Opshop, Annah Mac, Evermore, Ladyhawke, Minuit, Kids of 88, Die!Die!Die!, Pistol Youth, Bang!Bang!Eche!, Ivy Lies, Cairo Knife Fight, Cut Off Your Hands, Luke Thompson, The Datsuns, Brooke Fraser, Anika Moa, Anna Coddington, The Electric Confectionaires, Steriogram, Aaradhna, Spacifix, The Naked and Famous, Phoenix Foundation, The Feelers, The Black Seeds, Nesian Mystik, Bic Runga, The Checks, Julia Deans, Pine, King Kapisi, Kingston, The Naked and Famous, Autozamm and Elemeno P.

Smokefree Rockquest aims to motivate young musicians to prove their ability and realise the heights they can reach in their music careers, and to encourage their peers to support 100% original New Zealand music.

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Yoga and essential oils (Saturday 25th May 2019)

Connect deeper and heighten your yoga experience!

Essential oils are powerful and using them for our yoga practice can take our yoga experience to another level. Essential oils can enhance our yoga practice on many levels - physically, emotionally and spiritually. They can be uplifting, balancing, grounding and more.

We will explore various pure,therapeutic grade and organic essential oils from the company doTERRA.

In this two hour workshop we will share with you which essential oils to use in your yoga practice and you will get to experience using these pure essential oils yourself.

You will get to feel the difference!

When: Saturday, 25 of May
Time: 1.30 - 3.30 pm

Investment: $25 (when you enroll in the emotions and essential oils workshop you will get $5 off and cost for this workshop will be $20)

Venue*: Natural Living Yoga studio, Founders Heritage Park, 87 Atawhai Drive, Nelson.

For more info, or to book, contact Jamila on 027 644 6145 or Jamila@TurningPointNZ.com

*(The Natural Living Yoga Studio at the Founders Heritage Park has a separate entrance to the Founders Park. You don't need to enter the Founders Park. Park at the back of the car-park and you will see a double-story yellow building and the entrance to the studio is on the bottom right-hand side.)

For more info, or to book, contact Jamila on 027 644 6145 or Jamila@TurningPointNZ.com

Venue: Natural Living Yoga studio, Founders Heritage Park, 87 Atawhai Drive, Nelson.

(The Natural Living Yoga Studio at the Founders Heritage Park has a separate entrance to the Founders Park. You don't need to enter the Founders Park. Park at the back of the car-park and you will see a double-storey yellow building and the entrance to the studio is on the bottom right-hand side.)

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Naomi Arnold in Conversation with Liz Price (Sunday 26th May 2019)

As part of Aotearoa at the Library we are excited to welcome New Zealand author and journalist Naomi Arnold.
Naomi has written numerous books including The World of WearableArt: 30 Designers Tell Their Stories (Potton & Burton, 2015), At Home With Hospice: 30 Years in Nelson Tasman (CopyPress, 2018), Southern Nights (HarperCollins, 2019), edited Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety (Victoria University Press 2018) and worked as a freelance journalist for publications including New Zealand Geographic, The Listener, North & South and The Spinoff.
She will be discussing her career with Liz Price on Sunday, May 26 at 2pm in the Elma Turner Library.
This is a free event, no bookings required.

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The Witches of Eastwick (Wednesday 29th May-Saturday 1st June 2019)

Nelson College for Girls are proud to present their first musical in 8 years The Witches of Eastwick, a story of the power of collective female friendship.

When 3 disillusioned women living in a small-town wish for the man of their dreams, they get more than they bargain for in this hilarious, magical musical. with some show-stopping tunes that will have you dancing in the aisles and singing all the way home!!

The Witches of Eastwick is on these dates: 29th May 2019 30th May 2019 31st May 2019 1st June 2019
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The Witches of Eastwick (Wednesday 29th May-Saturday 1st June 2019)

Nelson College for Girls are proud to present The Witches of Eastwick, a story of the power of collective female friendship.

When 3 disillusioned women living in a small-town wish for the man of their dreams, they get more than they bargain for in this hilarious, magical musical. with some show-stopping tunes that will have you dancing in the aisles and singing all the way home!!

Director: Konstantina Tsina
Musical Director: Myles Payne

Tickets from Theatre Royal or TicketDirect.

The Witches of Eastwick is on these dates: 29th May 2019 30th May 2019 31st May 2019 1st June 2019
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NCMA's Lunchtime Series: NCMA's Schola Musica (Thursday 30th May 2019)

NCMA's Schola Musica is a well-established string ensemble featuring Nelson's finest young string players. Join this talented group as they perform "Strings of Joy" featuring work by Mozart, Bartok, Gershwin and more.

Programme:
Mozart Divertimento in F KV138
Palladio. by Karl Jenkins
Vivaldi. Guitar Concerto 2nd mvt Largo.
Siboney by Ernesto Lecuona
Romanian Folk Dances. by Bela Bartok
Oblivion. by Piazzolla
My Love is a Red Red Rose. Trad
Someone to watch over me. By Gershwin
Celtic set
Blue Moon. by Richard Rodgers

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Ceol Aneas Traditional Irish Music Festival 2019 (Friday 31st May-Monday 3rd June 2019)

Experience the very best in authentic traditional Irish music “the pure drop” with internationally acclaimed musicians at the Ceol Aneas Festival. Ceol Aneas pronounced (kee-ol an-ass) is Irish Gaelic for Music (Ceol) of the South.

"It's a great weekend as there’s no way you can separate the music from the ‘craic’ (fun)."

The Festival Highlight Concert will be starting at 7pm on Sunday and will feature an exciting line up of festival guests, including Eileen O'Brien (fiddle), Mary McNamara (concertina), Angela Usher (banjo), Dougal Adams (flute), Caleb Chia (guitar), Declan Simpson (fiddle) and Pat Higgins (whistle).

A Ceili Dance, with live musicians, will be held on Saturday from 7pm onwards and is fun for everyone.

Traditional Irish music ‘sessions' will be from 8 pm till late at venues around town. Highly regarded world-wide, the Ceol Aneas Festival attracts skilled musicians to Nelson and the sessions, with festival guests included, provide a lively atmosphere continuing on into the small hours. Free to enter.

A singing session, focusing on Irish singing, welcoming all, family friendly and free to enter will be held on Saturday from 4 - 6 pm.

Ceol Aneas Traditional Irish Music Festival 2019 is on these dates: 31st May 2019 1st June 2019 2nd June 2019 3rd June 2019
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Founders Annual Book Fair (Saturday 1st-Sunday 9th June 2019)

The annual Founders Book Fair begins Queens Birthday weekend on Saturday 1 June 2019

A huge variety of second-hand books, DVDs, vinyl records, puzzles and games will be for sale at bargain prices. Again, the Book Fair will be based in the Energy Centre, with the children's books located in the Granary Hall.

Purchase a $5 nine-day pass or pay a daily entry fee of just $2. The Book Fair will be open from 10am-4.30pm every day.

Founders Annual Book Fair is on these dates: 1st June 2019 2nd June 2019 3rd June 2019 4th June 2019 5th June 2019 6th June 2019 7th June 2019 8th June 2019 9th June 2019
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Queen's Birthday Market (Sunday 2nd June 2019)

Hot on the heals of the new royal baby we are celebrating Queen's Birthday weekend at Isel park. So bring the corgis, put on your best English accent and dust off your crown. Come and enjoy all that Isel Market has to offer this Queen's Birthday with your family and friends. Something for everyone!

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Ceol Aneas Irish Festival Showcase Concert 2019 (Sunday 2nd June 2019)

The concert is the highlight of the Ceol Aneas Irish Music Festival. Headlined by Eileen O'Brien, Mary McNamara and Angela Usher direct from Ireland and Manchester, this is a rare chance to experience Irish traditional music at its very best.

Eileen is the daughter of the great Tipperary button accordionist and composer Paddy O’Brien and is hailed as one of the leading exponents of Irish traditional fiddle playing.

A unique musical heritage has made Mary McNamara a highly respected performer on the concertina and also one of the most sought after teachers of Irish music today.

Angela Usher is described as a uniquely soulful banjo player, where technical mastery meets impeccable musical taste.

Joining them onstage are Declan Simpson (fiddle) and Dougal Adams (flute) from Australia, both masters of their instruments. Our own local homegrown talent Patrick Higgins (whistle) and Caleb Chia (guitar) complete the lineup.

This concert guarantees an evening of spellbinding music that traditional music fans cannot afford to miss. Expect lively Irish music and “craic” with toe tapping tunes.

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NCMA's Lunchtime Series: Bryce Wastney (Thursday 6th June 2019)

Born in Nelson, Bryce is an accomplished guitarist and a well-traveled singer/songwriter who has performed nationally and internationally with some of the best singers in Australasia including Guy Sebastian, The Mockers, Marlon Williams, Stu Larsen, Paul Ubana Jones, Anna Coddington and more.

Proudly supported by Nelson Pine Industries

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Creative flax weaving & dyeing workshop - Nelson (Friday 7th-Saturday 8th June 2019)

This workshop is now fully booked.
Spaces are currently still available in:
Golden Bay workshop Thur 16th May (evening) & Fri 17th May 2019 https://www.wildsandsweaving.co.nz/event/flax-weaving-dyeing-workshop-golden-bay
Nelson workshop Wednesday 5th June & Thursday 6th June 2019 https://www.wildsandsweaving.co.nz/event/flax-weaving-dyeing-workshop-nelson

Dyed & Decorated! Creative Flax Weaving, Dyeing & Decorating Workshop

This workshop is suitable for beginner, intermediate and experienced weavers. All participants will have the opportunity to prepare, dye and weave NZ flax/harakeke, and will create their own beautiful and unique kete/basket to take home with them.

Weaving projects of three different levels of technical skill will be taught:

Beginners: Create one or two small pieces - the small two-corner "magic kete" and/or the small four-corner "rourou" basket.

Intermediate: Create an intermediate level handbag-style kete - with a "folded" base, square corners, and a two-ply flax/harakeke fibre handle.

Experienced: Create an advanced skill level "kete whakairo"/patterned basket, with a "tapiki" weave base. Add a two, three or four ply fibre handle.

Decorate your kete with paua pieces, feathers, beads, and any other items you may wish to bring and use.
(Paua and beads will be available for purchase at the workshop. Feathers available at no cost).

Creative flax weaving & dyeing workshop - Nelson is on these dates: 7th June 2019 8th June 2019
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Save our Springs author and activist talk (Saturday 8th June 2019)

Kevin Moran is a poet activist who is passionate about water protection and coordinator of the Save Our Springs Campaign. On June 8th, he will be at the Elma Turner Libraries talking about his book ‘Water Protection: the story of the campaign to save Te Waikoropupū Springs in poetry and images. He will be sharing poems, stories and answering questions people have about the campaign. Copies of the book will be for sale

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NCMA’s Celebration Series: Douglas Mews (Sunday 9th June 2019)

Bach and Handel at the Keyboard

Douglas Mews, once a Nelson resident, returns to play the Cawthron Organ and NCMA harpsichord in a recital of Bach and Handel keyboard works. The programme includes some popular arrangements of Handel arias, an organ concerto, Bach's 'Sheep may safely graze', his powerful Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor and the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue.

The Celebration Series is a new season of concerts produced by NCMA over the autumn and winter months. The concerts will be the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Audience members will be able to relax and enjoy performances featuring wonderful local and national musicians including Michael Houstoun, the NCMA Chamber Orchestra featuring Donald Armstrong and more.

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DRACULA - THE BLOODY TRUTH (Wednesday 12th-Saturday 15th June 2019)

Originally staged in the UK, this Le Navet Bete critically-acclaimed production is now being presented by the Nelson Repertory Theatre. Directed by local theatre legend Hugh Neill (One Man, Two Guvnors, Hound of the Baskervilles), this fast-paced and innovative comedy is now having its New Zealand premiere in Nelson at the Theatre Royal!

Taking audiences on a journey across Europe from the dark and sinister Transylvanian mountains to the awkwardly charming seaside town of Whitby, the frantic Professor Van Helsing and his three hapless actors try to stage a life-changing, factual theatrical production showing the events of Dracula. Will they pull it off? It’s highly unlikely!

With four actors playing over 30 characters, you’ll see sensational slapstick, frantic costume changes and airborne props, all strung together with clever dialogue and hilarious wordplay.

‘Dracula – The Bloody Truth’ is a comedy to sink your teeth into!

*Note: Gothic/horror themes. Parental Guidance advised. 13+ recommended.

DRACULA - THE BLOODY TRUTH is on these dates: 12th June 2019 13th June 2019 14th June 2019 15th June 2019
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