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Events in Nelson

The Barden Party (Tuesday 18th-Wednesday 19th January 2022)

Summer Shakespeare this year at Fairfield with a difference. We have the pleasure of hosting in our courtyard this wonderful initiative of Director Laura Irish; The Bard + A Garden Party = The Barden Party!

Imagine fairies roaming around and causing mischief in Faifield’s beautiful courtyard garden! Let us set the scene: a small troupe of traveling actors turn up to the garden and perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream and live music for you while you sip upon the nectar of your choice from the Fairfield bar.

3 words: Music, Mischief, Magic.
This show is raucous and rocking and ridiculously hilarious. Very accessible professional Shakespeare, definitely like you’ve never seen it.

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Lost in Space - Challenge Workshops (Wednesday 19th January 2022)

Need help with your Lost in Space Challenges? Or maybe you’d like to show off what you’ve done? Come along to our workshops to get some inspiration.

Vaccination Passes will be required for anyone (ie parents, guardians) over the age of 12 attending this event.

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Let It Go - The Songs of Frozen in Concert (Wednesday 19th January 2022)

It’s a Frozen party!

Frozen 1 and Frozen 2 are undoubtedly two of Disney's greatest animated movies of all time. The soundtrack to the movies is stunning, and while the big songs like 'Let it go' have probably been overplayed in your house, you have to admit they are now classics!

Following a sell-out tour in July 2021, Showcase Entertainment Group, the producers of Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat and Madagascar The Musical, are bringing the magic of these songs to Theatre Royal Nelson for the first time in a concert for the young and young at heart.

Let It Go features the sisters Anna and Elsa in full costume, along with some of their popular friends from the Frozen movies. So feel free to dress up as Anna or Elsa... or even Olaf and come and enjoy this wonderful concert production of the songs from Frozen 1 and 2.

Please note this is a 55-minute concert, not a musical or dramatic production. Let It Go is not in any way affiliated or endorsed by Disney.

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Library Knitters (Thursday 20th January-Thursday 22nd December 2022)

Are you a knitter looking to create with others?

The Library Knitters meet every week to knit and chat over morning tea. All wool and needles are supplied, and items created are donated to various charity groups, kindergartens and families in need throughout our community.

Every Thursday in the Elma Turner Library from 10am-12pm
Every Monday in the Nightingale Library Memorial from 1.30-3.30pm

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Songs at Sundown // Founders Cafe (Friday 21st January 2022)

Kick off your weekend at Founders Cafe.

Live music, delicious food, great drink selection and an all round relaxing night to set your weekend off right.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for artist updates and Friday night specials.

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Virtual Reality drop-in (Friday 21st January 2022)

Want to travel to outerspace, swim with sharks, chase dinosaurs or battle with Beat Saba? Stop by the library and try out our Virtual Reality Oculus Headsets.

No bookings needed.
For anyone aged 13 and onwards.

Vaccination Passes will be required for anyone 2 attending this session.

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Lotus Eaters Lullaby Lee Woodman (Saturday 22nd January-Saturday 19th February 2022)

Lotus Eaters Lullaby brings together selected works from enigmatic installation artist Lee Woodman created during the last two years. Homer's Odyssey describes the blissful forgetfulness that overcame the 'Lotus Eaters', Nelson has been described as the Land of the Lotus Eaters and the large gallery will be an oasis of contemplation to lose yourself in as Woodman's hypnotic works artfully come together.

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Wāhine (Saturday 22nd January-Saturday 19th February 2022)

Wāhine is a touring multi-media exhibition that amplifies Māori women’s voices around Aotearoa, offering our communities the opportunity to be enriched by their life stories while fostering mutual understanding.

Through personalised sound stories and portrait photography, Wāhine is an immersive exhibition inviting communities to come together, be inspired, and learn from the raw, honest, and vulnerable stories of Māori women.

The stories touch on their joys and inspirations, their troubles and tribulations, and the resilience that has moulded them into the women they are.

The powerful words of each interview are woven together with real-life recordings captured by the women themselves. These sound journeys are accompanied by portraits of the women taken at their home, marae, or their chosen location.

While it travels around Aotearoa, Wāhine expands each time it changes locations by inviting a wahine from a local iwi to join the kaupapa and hold space for the other women.

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Umbrella Market (Saturday 22nd January 2022)

After 2 cancellations, we are giving it another shot!
The Umbrella Market is giving it another go on the 22nd January 2022.

A second hand market is a fun way to buy and sell bargains but why should adults have all the fun?
This market has been designed for anyone under 17.
Using an upside down umbrella as your base to sell unwanted goods, children/youth will learn about value of goods and recycling.
*Under 16 year olds will need a parent/guardian onsite for the duration of the event.

Register to have a spot by clicking here....
https://forms.gle/m38wkurkdWAAYvTJ8

Or if selling isn't your thing, bring along your pocket money and get ready to grab some bargains!
Held at 1903 Square (top of Trafalgar St) on January 22nd 10am - 12pm

Please note we will be abiding by the Traffic Light System.
Have your Covid Vaccine pass ready.

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Poetry for a World in Crisis (Sunday 23rd January 2022)

Join writer David Kārena-Holmes as he reads a selection of poems which relate to the world around us.

Sunday 2-3pm
Elma Turner Library
No bookings required.

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Nelson's Amazing Race (Monday 24th January 2022)

Discover a side of Nelson you haven’t seen before.

Starting at the Elma Turner Library, in group or teams follow a map which explores some of the hidden gems around the city and have fun solving clues along the way. Complete as much of the map as you wish before heading to the end destination for fun prizes, finger food and a cuppa to celebrate.

This is a fun way to meet other older adults,
discover the city and share your own stories about Nelson.
Registrations are open to teams of 4-6 or individuals who want to join others on the day.
Nelson’s Amazing Race for Older Adults

Monday 24 January
10am – 12pm

The walk will be under 4km at begins at the Elma Turner Library. For bookings please contact library@ncc.govt.nz or ageconnect@ageconcernnt.org.nz who can also assist with travel to the Library.

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Nelson's Amazing Race for Older Adults (Monday 24th January 2022)

Join a team to follow a map which explores some of the hidden gems around the city and have fun solving clues along the way. Complete as much of the map as you wish before heading to the end destination for fun prizes, finger food and a cuppa to celebrate.

This is a fun way to meet other older adults,
discover the city and share your own stories about Nelson.

Registrations are open to teams of 4-6 or individuals who want to join others on the day.

Vaccination Passes will be required for anyone over the age of 12 attending this event.

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Amazing Race at Isel Park - Free Community Event (Wednesday 26th January 2022)

Go for a voyage of discovery in this heritage woodland, that bursts alive in spring and provides cool restful spaces in summer and celebrates autumn with a riot of colour. Challenge the whole family with an Amazing Race around the beautiful Isle Park in Stoke. A great event for all ages, perfect for families and groups.

Meet outside Isel House on the grass area.

These events will be run according to all government requirements for events. All of those over the age of 12 years & 3 months will be required to show their current vaccine passport on arrival and scan in via the covid tracer app or manual sign in sheet provided.

For more information, event updates and changes please visit

https://www.facebook.com/ParksProgramme

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