Events in Nelson

TH'Dudes (Wednesday 2nd December 2020)

The newest inductees to the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame were due to hit the road for the first time in more than a decade last April, Th' Dudes first tour without founding member Ian Morris, with Ian’s brother Rikki on guitars and backing vocals for the tour.

“We’ll be back with the same reunion, same songs, same Lez high kicks. And all with a greater sense of being alive & healthy,” says Dave Dobbyn.

“In the meantime, everyone stay safe and do what Dr Ashley Bloomfield tells you.”

Originally formed as a high school band Krispie in 1975 and disbanding in 1980, Th’ Dudes had an incredible impact on the New Zealand music scene, with hits like ‘Be Mine Tonight’, ‘Bliss’, ‘That Look In Your Eye’, ‘Right First Time’ and ‘Walking in Light’. They won Top Group and Single of the Year for ‘Be Mine Tonight’ at the 1979 New Zealand Music Awards and stopped playing live in 1980, ahead of the release of their second album Where Are The Boys.'

All tickets previously purchased are valid for the new rescheduled date. No action is required; show up on the night with your existing ticket to gain entry.

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Pop-up Employment and Training Expo (Friday 4th December 2020)

Nelson's Elma Turner Library is hosting a pop-up Employment and Training Expo that aims to bring together employers on the hunt for staff, and job seekers.

This expo is for anyone looking for employment, needing help with their CV, thinking about studying or just wanting to explore job opportunities in our city.

A free event.
Elma Turner Library on Friday 4 December from 11am-2pm.

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NCMA Orchestral Pathways Concert 2020 (Friday 4th December 2020)

Join us for yet another joyous Orchestral Pathways concert showcasing a selection of much loved classical and contemporary music.

This ‘Koha’ event will feature the youth beginner, junior and senior orchestras, the adult beginner orchestra and the Greenhill community orchestra. Directed by Joel Bolton and Anna Maitland , sit back and enjoy the orchestras performing individually and collaboratively.

We encourage you to bring along the whole family for this lovely evening, the bar will be open for refreshments.

Please contact Nelson Centre of Musical Arts if you require wheelchair seating on 03 548 9477 or music@ncma.nz.

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Christmas Crafternoon (Sunday 6th December 2020)

Come along and warp your presents, make some crafts or just relax with a cup of tea and cake at our Christmas Crafternoon.

Feel free to bring your own project but there will be wrapping and card making supplied. Sewing machines available for confident users.
Snacks, drinks and festive cheer aplenty.

No charge or bookings required.

Elma Turner Library
December 6th
1-3pm

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Matthew Marshall Solo Guitar Concert (Sunday 6th December 2020)

Matthew Marshall, one of New Zealand’s leading classical guitarists, and a finalist in the 2020 Aotearoa Music Awards will perform a programme of guitar music from the renaissance to the present day. Featuring fascinating music for solo guitar and guitar with electronics the concert will transport you from Elizabethan England to modern day Russia, America and New Zealand.

Programme will include:

Fantasia No. 7 – John Dowland
Soepa for guitar & electronics – Ingram Marshall
Farewell to Stromness – Peter Maxwell Davies
Usher Waltz – Nikita Koshkin
Cinderella for guitar & electronics – Alexey Arkhipovsky
Carillon – Benvenuto Terzi
Insighted for guitar & electronics – Milton Mermikides
Three Sad Waltzes – Kenneth Young

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Summer Fiesta at Fairfield House (Sunday 6th December 2020)

Join us at the wonderful Fairfield House venue for a fantastic taste of summer. Children welcome (koha). Tickets are $20 at the door/online.
Buy your ticket online and be automatically put into a draw to win a famous embroidered (bordado) Los Galanes T-shirt delivered to your place for free.
*Offer ends on Friday 4th of December.

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Body in Residence - Chloe Loftus (Monday 7th December 2020)

Refinery ArtSpace welcomes you to Body in Residence, a week long live art installation by Chloe Loftus, with photography by Ana Clara Ortega.
An antidote to busy lives and habitual tendencies, this movement enquiry is an invitation to drop out of the thinking mind, and into the feeling body. A conscious dance.
Come in, stay a while, revisit, and perhaps even feel called to move.
7-12 Dec 2020
10am – 3pm daily

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New Zealand Speedcubing Nationals 2020 (Friday 11th-Sunday 13th December 2020)

New Zealand Nationals 2020 is an official World Cube Association (WCA) sanctioned speedcubing competition.

Speedcubing is the sport involving solving a range of twisty puzzles, such as the famous Rubik's Cube, as quickly as possible.

Spectating is free, registration fees apply to compete.

To compete you must register on the website. Registrations close Dec 3rd or when full.

New Zealand Speedcubing Nationals 2020 is on these dates: 11th December 2020 12th December 2020 13th December 2020
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Santa's Grotto at Stoke (Friday 11th December 2020)

There's magic in the air at the Library as Santa's Grotto returns these holidays!

There will be crafts, and the chance to sign up for our Children's Summer Reading Challenge.

Something tells us that the big man in red will also be making a special appearance.

Stoke Library: Friday 11 December, 3:30-4:30pm

No bookings required, open to children of all ages.

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Christmas Movie (Saturday 12th-Wednesday 16th December 2020)

Join us for a family friendly Christmas movie and popcorn in the Elma Turner Library.

For all ages, no charge or booking required.

Christmas Movie is on these dates: 12th December 2020 16th December 2020
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Founders Summer Reads Book Fair (Saturday 12th December 2020-Sunday 17th January 2021)

Founders Heritage Park is holding a mini Summer Reads Book Fair in the Windmill. Great selection of fiction and magazines to take on holiday with new books being added daily. Starts on Saturday 12 December - just in time for you to grab some great value Christmas presents.

Founders Summer Reads Book Fair is on these dates: 12th December 2020 13th December 2020 14th December 2020 15th December 2020 16th December 2020 17th December 2020 18th December 2020 19th December 2020 20th December 2020 21st December 2020 22nd December 2020 23rd December 2020 24th December 2020 25th December 2020 26th December 2020 27th December 2020 28th December 2020 29th December 2020 30th December 2020 31st December 2020 1st January 2021 2nd January 2021 3rd January 2021 4th January 2021 5th January 2021 6th January 2021 7th January 2021 8th January 2021 9th January 2021 10th January 2021 11th January 2021 12th January 2021 13th January 2021 14th January 2021 15th January 2021 16th January 2021 17th January 2021
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Festive Fun at Founders (Saturday 12th December 2020-Monday 4th January 2021)

Father Christmas is visiting Founders Heritage Park. Hunt round the park to find him, the reindeer and his naughty elves.

Festive Fun at Founders is on these dates: 12th December 2020 13th December 2020 14th December 2020 15th December 2020 16th December 2020 17th December 2020 18th December 2020 19th December 2020 20th December 2020 21st December 2020 22nd December 2020 23rd December 2020 24th December 2020 25th December 2020 26th December 2020 27th December 2020 28th December 2020 29th December 2020 30th December 2020 31st December 2020 1st January 2021 2nd January 2021 3rd January 2021 4th January 2021
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Santa's Grotto (Saturday 12th December 2020)

There's magic in the air at the Library as Santa's Grotto returns these holidays!

There will be crafts, and the chance to sign up for our Children's Summer Reading Challenge.

Something tells us that the big man in red will also be making a special appearance.

Elma Turner Library: Saturday 12 December, 11:00am

No bookings required, open to children of all ages.

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Drag Up Your Life (Saturday 12th December 2020)

NELSON! Are you ready to Drag up your Life once again?! Kelly Fornia is bringing her drag lip-sync extravaganza all around the country this 2020 and you better believe we’re stepping foot in Nelson again! You took our breath away with your energy last year and we’re coming at you with even more this time!

Drag up your Life features a fabulous selection of Wellington’s finest Drag Queens & Kings as we bring you lip-syncs and Drag stage challenge realness honey that’ll leave you GAGGED and your wigs SNATCHED. Thanks to such amazing shows as RuPaul’s Drag Race, Drag has now been brought into the mainstream limelight and we’re here to show that New Zealand Drag talent is not to be overlooked because we can sashay, shantay, twirl and kick as hard as the rest of the world! Oh and did we mention our show is PG! Which means you can bring the whole family along and enjoy a night full of wonderful Dragtastic performances!

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Patternicity (Tuesday 15th December 2020-Saturday 16th January 2021)

The first solo exhibition by contemporary Maori painter Gordon Kaire D’Ath. Patternicity focuses on repeating patterns found in Te Ao Maori. "My work expresses my interconnection with nature and where I fit into this world, which guides my spirituality. Patternicity explores Tukutuku panels and Maori Gods.

You are warmly invited to the opening celebration 17th December 5.30pm

Patternicity is on these dates: 15th December 2020 16th December 2020 17th December 2020 18th December 2020 19th December 2020 21st December 2020 22nd December 2020 23rd December 2020 24th December 2020 25th December 2020 26th December 2020 28th December 2020 29th December 2020 30th December 2020 31st December 2020 1st January 2021 2nd January 2021 4th January 2021 5th January 2021 6th January 2021 7th January 2021 8th January 2021 9th January 2021 11th January 2021 12th January 2021 13th January 2021 14th January 2021 15th January 2021 16th January 2021
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The Nutcracker (Thursday 17th-Saturday 19th December 2020)

The Nutcracker ballet is a magical, festive, family treat about a Christmas gathering and a young girl's dream about her gift of a nutcracker transforming into a handsome young man. Her prince takes her on a journey to the Kingdom of Sweets, where they are welcomed by the Sugar Plum Fairy.
I am Lesley Bandy, the Artistic Director of Primarily Dance. I performed the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy for many years, and now I want youngsters here in Nelson/Tasman to experience the magic of Tchaikovsky's music and the spectacle of this wonderful ballet.
The new and exciting point of difference with this production is that it will be a true community and collaborative affair - involving dance students from Nelson and Top of the South onstage with professional dancers, performers from some of our diverse cultural communities adding their colour and flavour, costumes rented and fabricated in the area, and last but not least, local artists designing and fabricating the sets and props so necessary to the story and the magic of the whole ballet.
Thursday 17th Dec- 7:00pm
Friday 18th Dec- 7:00pm
Saturday 19th Dec- 2:00pm

The Nutcracker is on these dates: 17th December 2020 18th December 2020 19th December 2020
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The Nutcracker (Thursday 17th-Saturday 19th December 2020)

The Nutcracker ballet is a magical, festive, family treat about a Christmas gathering and a young girl's dream about her gift of a nutcracker becoming a handsome young man. He takes her on a journey to the Kingdom of Sweets, where they are welcomed by the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Tchaikovsky's evocative music describes so beautifully this remarkable, heart-warming ballet.
The new and exciting point of difference with this production is that it will be a true community and collaborative affair - involving dance students from the region onstage with professional dancers, performers from some of our diverse cultural communities adding their colour and flavour, local artists designing and fabricating the sets and props, and little touches will make it a truly Top of the South and New Zealand presentation.

The Nutcracker is on these dates: 17th December 2020 18th December 2020 19th December 2020
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Centre for Fine Woodworking Exhibition (Thursday 17th December 2020-Saturday 16th January 2021)

An exhibition showcasing the stunning work created in 2020 from students graduating from the 32 week intensive Furniture Makers' Programme.

Also on display is the work created by students who have attended short courses and weekend workshops as part of the school's extensive short course programme.

“Work with your hands, learn the skills and nourish the soul.”

Centre for Fine Woodworking Exhibition is on these dates: 18th December 2020 19th December 2020 21st December 2020 22nd December 2020 23rd December 2020 24th December 2020 4th January 2021 5th January 2021 6th January 2021 7th January 2021 8th January 2021 9th January 2021 11th January 2021 12th January 2021 13th January 2021 14th January 2021 15th January 2021 16th January 2021
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Women's New Moon Heart Sharing & Cacao Ceremony - Nelson (Thursday 17th December 2020)

Come fill your cup with love & the magic of pure ceremonial grade cacao.

During times of great change & uncertainty, we have always sought community and ceremony to instill a sense of peace, connection & healing within us. When we gather in sacred circle, especially together as women at the potent times of the New Moon it is extremely powerful.

Cacao is a plant medicine that creates a gentle but powerful natural elevation & expansion of heart-centred consciousness. Also known as Food of the Gods assisting in a deep yet gentle opening of the heart & mind to transform the physical, mental, emotional and energetic path of our individual spiritual journey. Often used for emotional purging, cacao lovingly supports the release of any fears & inhibitions so we may connect deeper with life and follow our true heart's calling.

A cacao ceremony gives a unique opportunity to connect within, open your heart and get clarity & guidance on answers you may be seeking. Bringing all these elements together allows us to feel safe, heard, witnessed & supported as we connect deeply to our hearts & our highest self so we can unleash our inner power, truth & divine magic.

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