Events in Nelson

Conscious Living workshops (Thursday 21st-Monday 25th March 2019)

Open Introduction evening & Book launch
Thursday 21 March 6.30pm Koha
This talk covers a wide range of insight and experience around the evolution of the soul through participation in the world. Leila will share personal experience, and introduce the concepts of the imaginal mind, the relationship between the etheric and physical form, shamanic journeying and the importance of nature connection.

Land, relationship & healing
Friday 22 March 9am – 2pm $80
Understanding language of landscape, energy imprints, disturbances, and tools we can develop to attend to these.

Vibrational Remedies
Fri 22 March 6.30pm – Sat 23rd 3.30pm $250
Meet the Lasavia healing essences, explore plant spirit medicine, nature connection.

Working in Sacred Circle
Sat 23 March 6.30pm – Sun 24th 5pm $230
Co-create a medicine wheel, experience shamanic journeying, reveal your gifts.

Ethics for Practitioners
Monday 25 March 9am – 4pm $180
Ethics through the heart and how to bring greater consciousness to the relationship between practitioner and clients.

Earlybird discount if paid by 28th Feb.

With Leila Lees – writer, teacher, healer, artist, and mediator between physical and non-physical dimensions.

Conscious Living workshops is on these dates: 21st March 2019 22nd March 2019 23rd March 2019 24th March 2019 25th March 2019

Allison Cormack - Sequestrado por Oito Violoncelos (Thursday 21st March 2019)

Allison Cormack - Sequestrado por Oito Violoncelos

Abducted by an orchestra of cellos, Allison Cormack returns to the NCMA stage to perform Villa Lobos’s celebrated ‘Bachianas Brasilieras’ for soprano and eight celli. In case things go wrong, the cellos have prepared David Popper’s ‘Requiem for Three Cellos and Piano, Op.66’. Both parties will have the ultimate right of reply with a selection of songs and works for cello ensemble.

Bachianas Brasilieras No.5
For soprano and Orchestra of Violoncelli
David Popper Requiem for Three Cellos and Piano, Op.66

Proudly supported by Nelson Pine Industries


Tutus On Tour (Friday 22nd-Saturday 23rd March 2019)

Following sell-out performances around New Zealand in 2018, the RNZB is delighted to be expanding Tutus on Tour to take in eleven regional centres in 2019. From Kerikeri and Whangarei to Oamaru and Gore, Tutus on Tour brings family-friendly performances to heartland New Zealand.

Our dancers will perform classical favourites and contemporary works, tailor-made for intimate venues, and suitable for all ages. Full repertoire will be announced in the new year.

Working in partnership with our Community and Education programme, Tutus on Tour also gives local schools in some centres the chance to get up close to the RNZB with Ballet in a Box: observing the dancers’ daily warm up, watching them perform brief works, and then exploring their world via a Q&A session. In the evening, the dancers will present performances from the company’s repertoire, in full costume.

Tutus On Tour is on these dates: 22nd March 2019 23rd March 2019

Changing Threads Contemporary Fibre Art Awards 2019 (Friday 22nd March-Wednesday 24th April 2019)

Nationally subscribed showcase of contemporary fibre artworks. Work selected on the criteria of ‘Encouraging fibre & textile artists to produce creations which challenge the public perceptions of work that is traditionally associated with these media’
An inspiring show.
Closed on Easter Statutory Holidays.

Changing Threads Contemporary Fibre Art Awards 2019 is on these dates: 22nd March 2019 23rd March 2019 25th March 2019 26th March 2019 27th March 2019 28th March 2019 29th March 2019 30th March 2019 1st April 2019 2nd April 2019 3rd April 2019 4th April 2019 5th April 2019 6th April 2019 8th April 2019 9th April 2019 10th April 2019 11th April 2019 12th April 2019 13th April 2019 15th April 2019 16th April 2019 17th April 2019 18th April 2019 19th April 2019 20th April 2019 22nd April 2019 23rd April 2019 24th April 2019

Chamber Music New Zealand presents RED PRIEST - The Baroque Bohemians (Saturday 23rd March 2019)

The only Baroque music group to have been compared to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock and Cirque du Soleil, Red Priest brings their own inimitable, high-octane style to the classics of the Baroque.

Red Priest have redefined the art of period performance, creating a virtual orchestra through their creative arrangements, swashbuckling virtuosity, heartfelt emotion, and captivating stagecraft.

These concerts relive the extraordinary virtuosity of the early Baroque masters like Bach and Biber, explore melodies from a 1730 Slovakian fiddler's tune-book, revel in the gypsy-influenced music of Telemann, and reimagine music by Handel and the original 'red priest', Antonio Vivaldi - all with Red Priest's trademark energy and irreverent humour.


Mainland Tactix vs. Northern Mystics (Sunday 24th March 2019)

Mainland Tactix – feel it live!

Experience the exhilaration of a Mainland Tactix home game as we challenge for the ANZ Premiership title!

Your Mainland Tactix team features Silver Ferns Temalisi Fakahokotau, Erikana Pedersen and Jane Watson, Silver Ferns Development Squad Members Ellie Bird and Kimiora Poi who is also in the NZA and FAST5 Ferns teams as well as former Australian Diamond shooter Kate Beveridge.

Show you are #faithful and support the Mainland Tactix in the world’s most intensely fought, captivating and innovative female sports league – the ANZ Premiership. With a home game in Nelson, we would love our fans to experience the action courtside with us.

Tickets on sale from February 1, 2019!


Race Unity Day (Sunday 24th March 2019)

This event has been postponed until Sunday 24 March.

Did you know that Nelson has the 3rd largest ethnically diverse population per capita in NZ?
Since 2009, the Multicultural Council of Nelson Tasman has organised Race Unity Day to Celebrate Cultural Diversity.
Be inspired by the kaleidoscope of delicious food and brilliant entertainment by our rich multicultural community.
Choose from over 50 tantalizing food stalls. Check out the arts and crafts and community/educational stalls. Enjoy the music, songs, and dance from around the world.
We also strive to be environmentally friendly with minimising waste by byo plates, cup and utensils or you can hire them on the day.
This will be a wonderful day for the families,friends and everyone to be a part of the great connection of all people. 'UNITY IN DIVERSITY'


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.


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


An evening with Lord Nelson (Thursday 4th-Friday 5th April 2019)

Come face-to-face with the most stupidly-brave little chap in the history of naval warfare, in this interactive and informative comedy. Climb aboard, and learn about the man this town is named after, on his perilous voyage to Victory! There'll be one arm, one eye, and one... jolly good time, with solo actor Dan Allan as Horatio Nelson.

"To the Citizens of Nelson,

Having been outright killed by a French musket ball to the spine some 200 years ago, I have quietly, and with some embarrassment, observed many honours and public erections dedicated to my memory, including, in 1842 the naming of your fair and pretty town, Nelson, after me, Horatio Nelson. On disembarking in your town recently, I was gobsmacked- and not a little dismayed- to discover that very few of the fair citizens could identify me. I was at one point, on Trafalgar St, taken for Napoleon, which was most lamentable.


Keep reading on the Theatre Royal website:


An evening with Lord Nelson is on these dates: 4th April 2019 5th April 2019

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.


Ghost the Musical (Monday 8th-Saturday 13th April 2019)

Ghost the Musical is the musical adaptation of the hit film starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore and follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam's untimely death.

Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.

Featuring such popular songs as "With You" and the Righteous Brothers' classic "Unchained Melody", this powerful love story is sure to become a fan favourite!

Ghost the Musical is on these dates: 8th April 2019 9th April 2019 10th April 2019 11th April 2019 12th April 2019 13th April 2019