Events in Nelson

Cawthron Scitec Expo 2018 (Wednesday 26th September 2018)

Come and view our youngest innovators' science and technology projects. This year sees students in years 9 – 13 seeking to impress the judges and you will be amazed at the local talent! All entries will be on public display on 26 September at the Trafalgar Centre. Click here for further details about the Scitec Expo – the Cawthron Science and Technology Fair or contact: Sally Ann Hughes on 03 5482319 ext 357 or

Key dates:
7 September Deadline for entries
25 September Judging followed by presentations 4-6pm
26 September Public viewing all day (Trafalgar Centre, Nelson – free entry)
17 October Awards ceremony


Stilling the Mind - Meditation for Daily Life (Thursday 27th September 2018)

Geshe Tharchin is the resident teacher at Chandrakirti Meditation Center in Upper Moutere, Nelson. Geshe-la is now speaking in Nelson on authentic Tibetan Buddhist techniques and how they can be practically applied to our modern lives.

Geshe-la will guide us through meditation techniques to relieve stress and anxiety and to develop a calm and clear mind. For greater happiness, connection and fulfilment in daily life and relationships.

Jen - 020 4174 2510 or

All warmly welcome, just drop in!

Recommended donation $10.


The Upbeats - Nelson (Friday 28th-Saturday 29th September 2018)


With Support From
Evil Empire
M Phonik
Level MC
7pm - Midnight @ The Granary, Founders Park, Nelson
Tickets @
$40 on the door IF AVAILABLE
Afterparty @ East St Cafe, 11pm - 3am.

It's no secret that The Upbeats have been busy, and are constantly trying to push their limits personally and musically.

They always want to go somewhere new, do something new, make something new in a way that hasn’t been done before.

With help from Creative New Zealand and a Kickstarter campaign, they went to Japan and Iceland to write the first EP of the ‘No Sleep ’Til’ series.

There are 7 songs on the EP. Collaborators are Noisia, Culture Shock, Halogenix, DJ Kentaro, Goth Trad, and Emperor.
To celebrate the release (out 7th September 2018), they will be touring New Zealand.

The Upbeats - Nelson is on these dates: 28th September 2018 29th September 2018

The Power Within Yoga Retreat (Saturday 29th-Sunday 30th September 2018)

Hamish and Margo are founders of Apollo Power Yoga in Christchurch and have been invited back to host 'The Power Within'.
Hamish became NZ's first certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga teacher, and is certified with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT200 yoga teacher. Hamish leads the yoga TTC, Step into your Power, plus workshops & classes at Apollo Power Yoga and as a guest throughout the country. Hamish teaches with great energy & inspires enthusiasm.

Margo is a Baptiste power vinyasa yoga trained teacher and shares in leading Apollo Power Yoga's RYS-200 TT programme called Step into your Power. Margo has developed a series of modifications to the power yoga practice for pregnant women empowering them to practice throughout their pregnancies. Margo has also worked with people with scoliosis and teaches with grace, clarity & vitality.

A 10 minute acupressure massage is included for each student.

Maia Pono, founder of the 'Earthbound Kitchen' will offer a workshop shedding light on a whole-food plant-based diet and lifestyle.

Each day will include:
two vinyasa practices, meditation, yoga ethics, lunches, afternoon teas.

The Power Within Yoga Retreat is on these dates: 29th September 2018 30th September 2018

CMNZ presents: IOANA CRISTINA GOICEA & ANDREY GUGNIN (Saturday 29th September 2018)

Justly proclaimed 'ones to watch', Andrey Gugnin and Ioana Cristina Goicea took out the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition and the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition respectively. Together, this unbeatable duo will perform two programmes of lush Romantic and contemporary music.

Schubert's experimental Rondo Brilliant in B Minor might have caused his publishers to pause, but is now enjoyed as an exhilarating duet of unbridled virtuosic flair. Stravinsky's Suite Italienne, originally composed for the Ballets Russes, is a sparkling re-framing of music by the Italian Baroque master Pergolesi. With more musical gems by Strauss, Debussy and New Zealand's own Karlo Margeti?, this winning combination promise a spellbinding evening of music making.


Nelson Civic Choir presents St Cecilia Mass & Choruses (Sunday 30th September 2018)

Buy your tickets early for Nelson Civic Choir’s September 30th concert in the Nelson School of Music Auditorium, NCMA!

There is something for everyone to enjoy in the choir’s performance of Gounod’s Messe Solennelle de Sainte-Cécile (St Cecilia Mass) and a selection of well-known choruses, performed by over 100 singers and musicians.

The choir and orchestra, with distinguished vocal soloists and instrumentalists, will perform under the baton of Nigel E. Weeks.

Gounod’s Messe Solennelle de Sainte-Cécile (St Cecilia Mass) was his first major work, dedicated by the composer to Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians. The Gloria and Credo are famous for their drama, power and memorable melodies.

The second part of the concert features a selection of choruses that includes Mozart’s Ave Verum, Handel’s Zadok the Priest, and Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves. There is music to soothe, stir and inspire!

Tickets will be available through TicketDirect or at the ticket office at NCMA from 27th August.


Madagascar - A Musical Adventure Jr (Sunday 30th September-Friday 5th October 2018)

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.

Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr follows all of your favourite friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world.

Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar Jr will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”

Madagascar - A Musical Adventure Jr is on these dates: 30th September 2018 5th October 2018

Helene Pohl & Jian Liu (Monday 1st October 2018)

Helene Pohl and Jian Liu present a violin and piano recital that will give audiences a taste of what's to come in the 2019 Adam Chamber Music Festival.

The Festival, which will be officially launched on the same day as this concert, will have as one of its themes the versatility of the violin. The violin, which has been played worldwide for many centuries, has often been characterised as the instrument most like the human voice.

It's flexibility in expressing music of a dizzying array of styles, its portability, its tradition of virtuosity as well as soulful expression have made it one of the most popular instruments on the planet - despite its legendary difficulty!

Helene and Jian will be playing music by Schubert, Prokofiev and Ross Harris.

Schubert D Major Sonatina
Prokofiev F Minor Sonata
Ross Harris Retenishn (Mysteries) - Based on klezmer tunes originally written for Ross' band The Kugels. This will be a world premiere.

This lunchtime concert is in association with the Adam Chamber Music Festival.


Textile Kids - Crazy Felt Cats (Holiday fun) (Tuesday 2nd October 2018)

Textile Kids: Crazy Felt Cats

Come along to our popular children’s textile workshops teaching traditional crafts and sewing to children. Make a crazy felt cats head with buttons and embroidery stitches.

Tuesday 2nd October
Ages 5 to 12, with a parent or carer.
10.30am – 12pm

Free event but bookings are required.
Please call 03 547 0403 or email


Textile Kids - Driftwood Wall Hanging (Holiday Fun) (Thursday 4th October 2018)

Textile Kids: Driftwood Wall Hanging

Come along to our popular children’s textile workshops teaching traditional crafts and sewing to children. Make a woven driftwood wall hanging, inspired by local nature.

Thursday 4th October
Ages 5 to 12, with a parent or carer.
10.30am – 12pm

Free event but bookings are required.
Please call 03 547 0403 or email


Johnson, Dreyer, Lockett Trio (NYC, NZ) (Saturday 6th October 2018)

New York big guns, saxophonist Joey Johnson and bassist Jakob Dreyer reunite with New Zealand based drummer Mark Lockett to launch their new album ‘Any Last Requests.’ recorded at Acoustic Recording Studios, Brooklyn, on 21 July 2017

This stunning release is the result of a residency the trio had for several years at a popular NYC cafe where they performed five nights a week. While paying respect to the jazz tradition, the trio sound modern and fresh always searching for new ideas, pushing and expanding the musical landscape.

Johnson a graduate of the famous William Patterson University and a mainstay on the NYC scene for more than 15 years appearing regularly, at Bluenote, Smalls, Fat Cat and 55 Bar.

Dreyer a very in demand bassist, recently relocated to NYC from Hamburg where he has been studying with world reknown John Patitucci.

Lockett resided and worked extensively as a musicain in NYC for nearly half a decade, he has studied with Ari Hoenig and Jim Black.

A show not to be missed.


The Cat In The Hat By Dr Seuss (Saturday 6th October 2018)

Everyone’s favourite cat comes to mischievous life in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr Seuss classic.

From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat that they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly loads of fun. He turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure… but what will mum find when she gets home…?


Nelson Institute Talk : Random Ruminations on Romanticism (Sunday 7th October 2018)

Christopher Vine presents a copiously illustrated talk touching on the many aspects of western culture which culminated in the Romantic Movement.

"Random Ruminations on Romanticism". An evocative title for another talk by popular presenter, Christopher Vine, with all his usual humour and scholarship. He explores the buildings, paintings, writing, music, and even the politics that were inspired by the Dionysian spirit of the ancient Greeks.


The Story Inside My Head (Monday 8th-Saturday 27th October 2018)

What do artists think about when they create a work?

Eight established artists with a national and international presence have collaborated with writer Michelanne Forster to reveal the stories behind their paintings, photographs, objects and installations. Forster has created fictional responses to each artist’s story, which are displayed alongside the artworks.

Curated by David Ryan and Jo Kinross, this is art and literature butting heads - in the nicest possible way.

Participating artists:
Stella Chrysostomou
Gebhard Krewitt
Katie Pascoe
Janet Perrior
Catharine Salmon
Errol Shaw
Wanda Tait
Lee Woodman

EXHIBITION OPENING - Mon 8 Oct, 5.30pm
Everyone is welcome to meet the artists and to hear about the concept behind the show from curators, David Ryan and Jo Kinross, and writer Michelanne Forster.

Proudly presented by the Nelson Arts Festival with support from Arts Council Nelson and NMIT.

The Story Inside My Head is on these dates: 8th October 2018 9th October 2018 10th October 2018 11th October 2018 12th October 2018 13th October 2018 14th October 2018 15th October 2018 16th October 2018 17th October 2018 18th October 2018 19th October 2018 20th October 2018 21st October 2018 22nd October 2018 23rd October 2018 24th October 2018 25th October 2018 26th October 2018 27th October 2018

Broadgreen Historic House Spring Open Day (Monday 8th October 2018)

Open Day at Broadgreen House: Spring into Suffrage

Come along and join the fun at Broadgreen House. Get dressed up in Victorian costume, make Suffrage Camelia flowers, a windmill and other spring activities.

Monday 8th October
Free. For ages 5 to 12, with a parent or carer.
10.30am – 2pm

No bookings required.


Driftwood (Australia) (Thursday 11th-Friday 12th October 2018)

In this colourful and turbulent concoction of pure joy and intimacy, watch Casus Circus bring a blank canvas to life and revel in our innate need for human contact.

This is a circus show that won’t let you forget what it is to be human, and in a moment of danger, how a grasping hold can be survival.

The unique acrobatic shapes signature to Casus abound in this journey of explosive encounters, hidden looks, and humorous discoveries.

Accompany Casus as we surge forward... together!

“Outrageously impressive.” ★★★★★ The List

“The most magnificent show of the Festival.” 
★★★★★ Edinburgh Festival Magazine

“Breathtaking sounds like a buzzword, so let’s just say I kept forgetting to breathe; eyes wide, mouth agape, in complete awe.” ★★★★★ The Advertiser

"Driftwood is quickly becoming circus royalty so quick, go and grab a ticket."
- ★★★★★ Ed Fest Magazine

"We may all be cast on the ocean of life but Driftwood is rising above the waves."
★★★★★ Broadway Baby

Proudly presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

Driftwood (Australia) is on these dates: 11th October 2018 12th October 2018

The Flag Project (Friday 12th-Monday 22nd October 2018)

Celebrating Nelson’s artistic past, present and future.

Renowned, award-winning Auckland artist Miranda Brown spent time in Nelson working with local community groups and schools to gather inspiration for large flags that will adorn Founders Heritage Park. The flags will tell the story of Nelson’s long connection to the arts and what that means to us.

Miranda is a multimedia artist and two-time winner of the World of WearableArt, with her work held in collection at Te Papa, and her flags having appeared at WOMAD, Splore and on the Auckland waterfront.

To view her work, go to

Proudly presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

The Flag Project is on these dates: 12th October 2018 13th October 2018 14th October 2018 15th October 2018 16th October 2018 17th October 2018 18th October 2018 19th October 2018 20th October 2018 21st October 2018 22nd October 2018

Musical Montage Dance Party (Friday 12th October 2018)

Dagmar from The Musical Montage returns with another selection of lively dance music to kick off the late night Granary gigs.

She'll be playing an eclectic mix of hot grooves - from funk to electro swing, soul to R&B and reggae to world - with some old favourites thrown in as well.

Proudly presented by the Nelson Arts Festival with support from Pic's Peanut Butter.


Maurice Gee - Book Launch (Friday 12th October 2018)

We are thrilled to welcome literary treasure Maurice Gee, who will be discussing his new book, Memory Pieces, in what will be his only NZ public event.

Proudly presented by the Nelson Arts Festival with support from Victoria University Press. Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers Programme.