Events in Nelson

Sound Journey with Sika at Fairfield House (Thursday 28th March 2019)

Let Sika’s ancient sounds transport you to a different place and time.

A sound journey is a shamanic style of sound bath. Sika plays intuitively from his beloved collection of natural instruments, sensing into the energy of the space. His sounds include didgeridoo, drums, native flutes, taonga puoro (‘singing treasures’), rattles and shells. Voice and breath play a vital role too.

Sika has been offering sound journeys for over 25 years. He weaves together sound, music and earth wisdom. Sometimes strong and rhythmic, sometimes haunting and ethereal, always memorable. A deeply healing and relaxing experience.

Please bring a yoga mat and blanket to lie on. You may also wish to bring a cushion for your head, a water bottle and a journal.

Tickets cost $30 in advance or $40 on the door, subject to availability.


Trio Jackson (Thursday 28th March 2019)

Trio Jackson

Trio Jackson are a family group who have been playing together for over twenty years. This has created a magical musical synthesis born of their intuitive, creative and empathetic ensemble expression.
The essence of great music is often found in the traditional Folk melodies and musical forms from around the World. Trio Jacksons' awareness of this along with their eclectic tastes and craftsmanship allow them to offer their listeners a wonderfully diverse palette of musical colours and emotions, expressed with virtuosity, passion and beauty.

Programme: Works by:
Vincent Lindsey-Clark
Thierry Tisserand
Salvatore Seminara
Miles and Margarita Jackson
A selection of South American Jazz and traditional Klesmer and Gypsy pieces from Eastern Europe.

Proudly supported by Nelson Pine Industries


Angus and Julia Stone With Jack River and Bic Runga (Friday 29th March 2019)

Following the release of their fourth studio album ‘Snow’ last year which features the lead single of the same name and the follow-up track ‘Chateau’, the duo completed a hugely successful sold-out tour of Australia. Now it is New Zealand’s turn.

Angus and Julia has secured themselves a staple name in the indie realm over their twelve-year career. After growing up in Sydney in 2006 where their musician father encouraged the siblings musical talent, Angus and Julia moved to London in 2006 where they recorded their second EP Heart Full of Wine in their flat. Their four albums have amassed multi-platinum sales and numerous ARIA and APRA awards at home, and won a fanbase of millions over spiralling tours of the UK, Europe and North America. The band have over 5 million listeners who tune in each month to stream their music from all over the world. They’ve also played at some of the world’s biggest festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, & Austin City Limits.

The album Snow continues a process the siblings began at the suggestion of producer Rick Rubin on their self-titled album of 2014. “That was the first time that we actually started writing together, in the same room, and I guess we took a leaf from that chapter into this record. This time round though, every song on the record we wrote together” Angus says.

The latest we’ve heard from them are two acoustic covers - one of Drake’s ‘Passionfruit’ for Triple J’s iconic Like A Version, and another of 5 Seconds of Summer’s recent hit ‘Young Blood’. The two soulful jams are nearly at a combined two million streams within a few weeks of their release.

The last time New Zealand hosted the Angus and Julia was back in December 2017, when they came on their Snow tour and performed in iconic theatres across the country. This time for the Harvest Moon tour, they are playing beautiful outdoor locations across some of New Zealand’s most picturesque towns - ideal for the warm March weather.

In addition, Australian producer and multi-instrumentalist Jack River will make her debut appearance in NZ at all three shows, alongside New Zealand favourite Bic Runga, who will be performing in Nelson and New Plymouth dates, with further support to be added.

Thursday 13th December, 11:59 PM (NZDT)

Friday 14th December, 12:00 PM (NZDT)


Nelson Symphony Orchestra presents Dvorak Czech mate! (Saturday 30th March 2019)

The Nelson Symphony Orchestra’s first concert for 2019 Czech Mate! will take place at the Auditorium, Nelson Centre of Musical Arts on Saturday 30 March at 7.30pm.

The centrepiece of this popular programme of music by Antonin Dvorak will be the performance of his well known cello concerto with soloist Rolf Gjelsten.
Mr Gjelsten a native of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada has been the cellist in the New Zealand String Quartet since May 1994. In 2014 he was made a Member of the New Zealand

Order of Merit (MNZM) for his outstanding services to music in New Zealand.

Dvorak’s famous Symphony "From the New World" occupies the second half of the concert which commences with one of his popular Slavonic dances.

Czech Mate! will be conducted by the NSO’s Director of Music, Nigel Weeks.


Comedy for Christchurch (Thursday 4th-Friday 5th April 2019)

Improvisors from all over Aotearoa New Zealand come together for two spectacular nights of Comedy for Christchurch. Improvised stories, poems, songs and silliness will unfold before your very eyes. Scenes that have never been seen before (and perhaps should never be seen again!) will be created from your suggestions in the style of Whose Line is it Anyway?
The evening is MC'd by our very own improv whizz, Dan Allan, with all profit going to those affected by the Christchurch attacks. Show your support for those who are hurting right now as we come together as a community to send aroha from Nelson to Christchurch.

Comedy for Christchurch is on these dates: 4th April 2019 5th April 2019

Zeb Wulff (Thursday 4th April 2019)

Zeb Wulff

Zeb Wulff brings to the NCMA stage a suite of ten piano pieces ‘Pictures at an exhibition’ by Mussorgsky. The suite is a depiction of Mussorgsky himself wandering through a memorial exhibition of paintings by his late friend Victor Hartman.


No. 1 "The Gnome"
Promenade (2nd)
No. 2 "The Old Castle"
Promenade (3rd)
No. 3 "Tuileries (Children's Quarrel after Games)"
No. 4 "Cattle"
Promenade (4th)
No. 5 "Ballet of Unhatched Chicks"
No. 6 "'Samuel' Goldenberg and 'Schmuÿle'"
Promenade (5th)
No. 7 "Limoges. The Market (The Great News)"
No. 8 "Catacombs (Roman Tomb)"
No. 9 "The Hut on Hen's Legs (Baba Yaga)"
No. 10 "The Bogatyr Gates (In the Capital in Kiev)"

Join us for a taste of Mussorgskys musical genius; presented to you by Nelsons own Zeb Wulff.

Proudly supported by Nelson Pine Industries


Paul Walker and Karen Pfeiffer (Friday 5th April 2019)

What is it that makes this internationally touring duo from the UK so irresistible? Could it be Karen’s German accent tinged with an oatcake induced North Staffordshire dialect? Or Paul’s besotted gaze whenever she takes to the microphone? Or is it simply the exquisitely performed music and the happy, warm feeling everyone seems to get at their shows…

With their unique onstage-chemistry and their widely praised harmonies, the Anglo-German duo Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer entertain and engage their audiences “in a likable, humorous style”.

Combining their own beautifully written songs with a fine choice of folk favourites, Paul’s vocal and individual guitar style blended with Karen’s voice, clear and yet so powerful, leaves audiences mesmerised:

“I have never seen our audience so spell-bound!” exclaimed a promoter recently. Karen adds with alto and tenor recorders, Irish flute and whistle – and not to mention the odd German ‘joke’ – to this fantastically entertaining night.
This is the duo’s first tour of New Zealand and at least one thing is guaranteed: A memorable evening of great music and fun awaits. Definitely a night not to be missed!

$15 door sales. Reserve seats via email.


Tina Makereti in Conversation with Liz Price (Saturday 6th April 2019)

Tina Makereti is the author of the short story collection 'Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa', which was the winner of the Fiction award at Ngā Kupu Ora.
Her debut novel Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings, won the fiction award at the 2014 Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards, and was longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award 2016.

Come and hear Tina in conversation with Liz Price, where they will be discussing her latest novel: 'The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke', long-listed for this year’s Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize in the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke is the tale of an orphaned son of a Māori chief; an ardent student of English; a wide-eyed survivor; a living exhibit; and a young man exploring the savage streets of Victorian London.


Biology is destiny – Phrenology. (Sunday 7th April 2019)

In outlining the general principles of phrenology the speaker, Nigel Costley, draws on a sensational local example. The death masks of the Maungatapu Murderers. The pride of the Nelson Provincial Museum’s collection, these exquisitely gruesome artefacts were the work of dentist JW Tatton. They then became the subject of a learned lecture by phrenologist AS Hamilton and the cause of some controversy. A merry little yarn which serves to illustrate the practical application of this much-maligned science.


A Glimpse into the Past with Postcards (Tuesday 9th-Sunday 28th April 2019)

A display of 400 postcards pertaining to the Nelson region

A Glimpse into the Past with Postcards is on these dates: 9th April 2019 10th April 2019 11th April 2019 12th April 2019 13th April 2019 14th April 2019 15th April 2019 16th April 2019 17th April 2019 18th April 2019 19th April 2019 20th April 2019 21st April 2019 22nd April 2019 23rd April 2019 24th April 2019 25th April 2019 26th April 2019 27th April 2019 28th April 2019

Escape Room! (Wednesday 10th-Friday 12th April 2019)

Solve the clues in 30 minutes to escape the Library.
February 25th, 1906, 3:30am, you were up late last night reading in the Nelson Institute when it caught fire. The building, which also housed the library and museum, is full of items to save and clues to solve so you can find the key to let you out.
Based on real events.
For groups of 4 - 6 people, ages 13 and over. Bookings essential.

Escape Room! is on these dates: 10th April 2019 11th April 2019 12th April 2019

Contemporary Twists on Traditional Practice. (Wednesday 10th April 2019)

Arts Council Nelson presents a special guided tour and floor talk of the 2019 Changing Threads showcase by Creative Director Ronnie Martin. Artists have been encouraged to produce creations which challenge the public perceptions of work that is traditionally associated with these media, and the focus of the talk will be on heritage aspects of selected works that explore contemporary twists on traditional fibre techniques. All welcome.