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Events in Nelson

Learn at the Library - Internet for Beginners II (Friday 18th September 2020)

A follow on from the previous week. Access the web. Basic searching techniques and good websites to use.

Nelson Public Libraries hold a variety of free computer classes each school term, for beginners and more experienced users who may want to venture further into the digital world, extend their research skills or learn about the digital services the Library offers.

Classes must be booked by phoning 03 546 0414, emailing or visiting any of the Libraries.


CANCELLED: Nelson Symphony Orchestra presents Last Night of the Proms (Saturday 19th-Sunday 20th September 2020)


Time-honoured favourites plus selections from Tchaikovsky's first Piano Concerto and Elgar's Sea Pictures.
Soloists: Louis Lucas - Perry and Allison Cormack

Two performances: Saturday 19th September @ 1930 and Sunday 20th September @ 14:00.

CANCELLED: Nelson Symphony Orchestra presents Last Night of the Proms is on these dates: 19th September 2020 20th September 2020

Nelson Summer Shakespeare Auditions (Saturday 19th-Sunday 20th September 2020)

This is an outdoor production that will open at Fairfield House Meadow on Jan 12 and then play several venues around Nelson and Tasman until the end of Jan/ early Feb.
We are looking for Principle actors to play the lead characters and some multipart roles.
We are also looking for Supporting actors to play multipart roles.
This is a professional ‘profit share’ production where each performer takes a share of the overall profit.
Performers will also be expected to help set up and strike the set, props and costumes each day.
To book an audition please email Giles at
Please include a CV/ Resume if you have one.
Rehearsals will start Mid November with evening rehearsals.
December Rehearsals.
From 13 December Principle actors will rehearse daytimes and two evenings a week.
Supporting actors will continue to rehearse two evenings a week.
There will be a Christmas/New Year Break from Dec 24 – to Jan 2.
January Rehearsals.
All Actors will rehearse day times from Jan 3 to opening on Jan 12 (with at least one day off).We are looking at non traditional casting.

Nelson Summer Shakespeare Auditions is on these dates: 19th September 2020 20th September 2020

Stitch Stories with a Finnish Twist Workshop (Sunday 20th September 2020)

Käspaikka Stories in Red - Stitch Techniques Traditional and Contemporary Embroidery - tutored by Maria Julkunen
In this one day workshop we take a look at traditional Karelian embroidery and how it was used in clothing and home textiles. We'll make traditional back stitch patterns with red thread on white linen, try organically flowing chain stitch embroidery and look at pulled thread work. We'll also have a go at designing contemporary work so you can explore techniques and ideas to create patterns for your projects by telling your own story in stitch.

Workshop for beginners and for those already with embroidery experience.

Explore traditional red running stitch embroidery, develop our own designs and learn techniques for beautiful edges and other ways to work with drawn threads.

Join Maria as she shares her own textile journey and introduces you to the traditions and stories of Finnish embroidery


Toi Ako - Connect the Dots (Monday 21st September-Friday 9th October 2020)

This exhibition by Connect the Dots displays new works by fourteen emerging older artists, developed over the past eight months during a mentoring project, TOI AKO, between practising artists and older people living in care. The exhibition brings together a diverse group of older people from the Auckland region, who have been engaging in art making as part of Connect the Dots gallery-based art programme, Make Moments.

With a keen and developing interest in art, these older adults have enjoyed the opportunity to work more closely with practising artists as part of Connect the Dots pilot mentoring project. Make Moments will also be facilitating talks and workshops during their stay with us.

You are warmly invited to an opening celebration 5.30 pm Monday 21st September

Toi Ako - Connect the Dots is on these dates: 21st September 2020 22nd September 2020 23rd September 2020 24th September 2020 25th September 2020 26th September 2020 28th September 2020 29th September 2020 30th September 2020 1st October 2020 2nd October 2020 3rd October 2020 5th October 2020 6th October 2020 7th October 2020 8th October 2020 9th October 2020

Traditional Māori Music (Tuesday 22nd-Wednesday 23rd September 2020)

Celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori with traditional music made by Māori instruments

At the Elma Turner Library.

Wednesday 23 September, 12pm, no charge.

Traditional Māori Music is on these dates: 22nd September 2020 23rd September 2020

Te Reo Māori Storytime (Tuesday 22nd September 2020)

Celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori with a special Storytime.

At the Elma Turner Library for ages 0 - 6

Tuesday 22 September at 10.30am


Sign Language Storytime (Wednesday 23rd-Thursday 24th September 2020)

Celebrate NZ Sign Language Week with a musical performance
Join us as Deaf Aotearoa read stories using NZ Sign Language.

At the Elma Turner Library, for ages 0-6.

Thursday 24 September at 1.30pm, no charge.

Sign Language Storytime is on these dates: 23rd September 2020 24th September 2020

NZ Sign Language Music Performance (Wednesday 23rd September 2020)

Celebrate NZ Sign Language Week with a musical performance
Join us in front of the Red Wall as Clifton Terrace perform the music of Kath Bee using NZ Sign Language.

At the Elma Turner Library.

Wednesday 23 September, 10.30am, no charge.


Lunchtime Concert: Mike Ford & Pauline Boyd (Thursday 24th September 2020)

Mike is the Principal Horn with the National Band of New Zealand, a position he has held since 2007. He has won 18 national open titles in brass solo competitions, and has toured overseas with top class brass bands to the UK, Netherlands, Australia and the USA. He is accompanied by Pauline Boyd on piano and together they will perform a variety of music from the Tenor Horn Repertoire.


HiggyJig – Goff Richards
The Swan – Camille Saint-Saens arr R Newsome
Concerto One – W Brandt
September Fantasy – Eric Ball
Variations on a Tyrolean Theme – J B Arban
Over The Rainbow – H Arlen, arr G Richards
The Piper of Dundee – Kenneth Downie


All Shook Up (Friday 25th-Wednesday 30th September 2020)

It’s 1955, and into a square little American town rides a guitar-playin’ motorcycle ridin’ roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swivelling, lip-curling musical comedy.

Featuring the music of Elvis Presley and a script that’s packed to the seams with comic one liners, Nelson Youth Theatre Company will have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “Teddy Bear”, “Hound Dog”, “It’s Now or Never”, “Devil in Disguise”, “One Night With You”, “Don’t Be Cruel” and of course the title song “All Shook Up”.

Saddle up the family and come along for a trip back in time to the very beginnings of classic Rock ‘n’ Roll and celebrate the magic of the music of “The King”.

Note: Limited season, 6 performances at 7pm only.

All Shook Up is on these dates: 25th September 2020 26th September 2020 27th September 2020 28th September 2020 29th September 2020 30th September 2020

Celebrating 150 years of rugby and fellowship (Friday 25th-Sunday 27th September 2020)

150th Celebrations - 25-27 September 2020

This year the Nelson Rugby Football Club was founded in 1868 and is the oldest rugby club in New Zealand.

We are proud of our history and heritage - as New Zealand's oldest rugby club and our participation in the first game of rugby played in New Zealand - and are planning to celebrate the occasion in style.

Friday 25th September, 6pm: Registration & muster at the Clubrooms
Saturday 26th September, Midday: Clubrooms, light lunch
Saturday 26th September, 2:05pm: Mako game (optional, clubrooms will be open for those that choose not to go to the game)
Saturday 26th September, 6pm: Trailways Hotel, gala dinner with guest speaker Sir Graham Henry
Sunday 27th September, Midday: Club photo at the Trafalgar Park grandstand

Guest Speaker
We are delighted to announce that the guest speakers at our 150th dinner is celebrated coach and New Zealander Sir Graham Henry.


Celebrating 150 years of rugby and fellowship is on these dates: 25th September 2020 27th September 2020

Mandarin Storytime (Friday 25th September 2020)

Celebrate Chinese Language Week with a musical performance
Join us to read stories using Mandarin.

At the Elma Turner Library, for ages 0-6.

Friday 25 September at 10.30am, no charge.


Kodály Duo as part of the Live Music Series at Elma Turner Library (Sunday 27th September 2020)

I. Allegro serioso, non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Maestoso e largamente, ma non troppo lento; presto

Zoltan Kodály studied composition and pedagogy at the Academy of Music at Budapest University and also earned advanced degrees in modern languages and a PhD in philosophy and linguistics . In his 20s and studying for his doctorate, Kodaly toured the Hungarian countryside with Bartok collecting folk music from Hungary and Bohemia and cataloguing these. After being awarded a travel grant he made a trip to Paris where he was influenced by Debussy's compositions. Later he took up teaching at the Academy. His now distinctive Hungarian music was being played in Paris and Zürich.
The Duo was composed shortly after one of his trips with Bartok into the Hungarian countryside . It springs from Kodály's conviction that “The works of art that exert the most powerful influence... are those that express most fully the national characteristics of the artist.” The work uses rich folk-based ideas within the formal structures of classical western music.

Juliet Ayre, violin
James Donaldson, cello


Textile Kids: Make a Juggling Chook (school holiday activity) (Monday 28th September 2020)

Come join our popular children’s textile workshops teaching traditional crafts and sewing to children.
Have a go on a sewing machine, and make your own little animal!

Ages 5 to 12. Bookings are required.
Please call 03 547 0403 or email

10.30am - 12pm
Monday 28th September, 2020
Broadgreen Historic House

Free children's holiday activity. With a parent or caregiver.


Broadgreen Historic House Spring Open Day (Tuesday 29th September 2020)

Open Day at Broadgreen House.

Come along and have a some old fashioned fun at Broadgreen House Open Day, with games and activities, hands on!
Dress up in old fashioned clothes, play the Big Dice game, make a cob clay brick, do the washing Victorian style, and much more. Mr Buxton is in Residence.

Tuesday 29th September 12.30 – 3pm, at Broadgreen Historic House, 276 Nayland Road, Stoke.
No bookings required. Free children's holiday activity – bring a parent or caregiver.


Annie JR (Thursday 1st-Saturday 3rd October 2020)

Nelson Youth Theatre Company presents the irrepressible comic strip heroine in one of the world’s best-loved, award-winning musicals.

Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Annie JR. features everyone’s favourite little redhead in her very first adventure.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930’s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s plans for her, and finds a new home and family with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

At only an hour long, Annie JR is the perfect show to introduce young children to the world of theatre!

Note – Very limited season, 6 performances over 3 days only.

Annie JR is on these dates: 1st October 2020 2nd October 2020 3rd October 2020

Lunchtime Concert: Mary Ayre with Beethoven, Schumann & Albeniz (Thursday 1st October 2020)

Mary has performed frequently in Nelson as a chamber musician and has been a founding member of several ensembles.

The music performed in this concert is predominantly buoyant and untroubled.

Contrast comes from the different styles of the composers. The Beethoven “Pastorale” Sonata has long, serenely-balanced phrases, while Schumann’s “Fantasiestücke” is expressionist music, communicating his responses to the states suggested by their titles.

In the “Suite Espagnole” by Albeniz, the names of the dances refer to different towns and regions and each is coloured by the heartbeat of the folk music of Spain.


Che Fu - Nelson (Friday 2nd October 2020)

NOISE ZEALAND in association with ELSEWHERE NZ presents...


Friday 2nd October
@ Energy Centre - Founders Park
7pm - 11pm

We are proud to bring the legendary CHE FU to Nelson for One Show Only.

Tickets are limited, so grabs yours today to ensure you don't miss out!

- DJ Substance (Auckland)
- DJ Ziggity


Earlybirds: $35 + BF
Second Release: $40 + BF
Final Release: $45 + BF

Fully Licensed Bar
Strictly R18