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Events in Nelson

Nelson Composers Opening Concert (Wednesday 6th July 2022)

The opening concert will introduce works by some of this year’s composer mentors, including Miriama Young, Samuel Holloway, Leonie Holmes, Reuben de Lautour, and Amy Jean Barnett, plus more from the wider Aotearoa and international composition community, and performances by Justin DeHart, Mark Menzies, and Callum G’Froerer. Come celebrate the opening of the 40th anniversary of the Nelson Composers Workshop!


Lunchtime Concert: Dixie Swing (Thursday 7th July 2022)

The Dixie Swing band was formed towards the end of 2019 and began playing regularly at The Honest Lawyer on Sunday afternoons from November in that same year.
The Band has seen a number of changes but the current line-up has been a regular part of the group for a couple of years.
The name was chosen to try and explain the kind of music the group plays, being a mix of traditional jazz from the early 1900’s to the swing style music of the 1930’s onwards.
The band has performed at the Christchurch Big Band Festival, the Nelson Jazz Festival and numerous events around Richmond and Nelson.
This concert at the NCMA will be special as the band will perform a selection of numbers that represent the best from these eras.
The Bands mantra is '‘have fun’, and make it fun for the audience'. We can assure people most, if not all, of the songs they will probably know. So let the toe tapping commence.

Sponsored by Nelson Pine Industries


Gilly Darbey and Vikki Clayton – Divas (Thursday 7th July 2022)

Just imagine a musical fusion of Ab Fab, Miss Piggy and the Topp Twins and you’ve got a pretty accurate ideas of what these two are all about. Music ranging from folk,country, blues and self penned these ladies can deliver.

“We take our music very seriously but we love to have fun too”

Both are famed for their beautiful voices and between them play several instruments. Not to be taken lightly these girls have impeccable pedigrees when it comes to musical careers. Between them and sometimes together they’ve worked with Van Morrison, Richard Thompson, John Martyn, Fairport Convention, Joan Armatrading, Ralph Mctell (blah blah – the list is endless ) and they are too modest (old) to remember them all – Needless to say highly respected by their peers

They’ve toured the world, played major festivals and events (did ya spot Gilly at Live Aid?) and armed with nothing but their voices, charm and prosecco they thrill audiences everywhere. Both of them born in the UK but now happily living in New Zealand. Here are just some of their favourite reviews

They brought the house down with their voices, music, fun and laughter” The Observer

“Soft and peachy” The Guardian

“Superb voices and musicianship with a great sense of fun included” Evening Standard


Into the Woods JR (Saturday 9th-Sunday 10th July 2022)

Nelson Youth Theatre Company presents fantastic fairy tale entertainment for the whole family!

“Be careful what you wish for” is the ongoing theme in this Broadway family favourite musical fairytale world. Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods follows a baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to go to the King’s festival, and Jack (and the beanstalk) who wishes his cow would give some milk.

When the baker and his wife are visited by a wicked witch from next door, she reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family, and the two set off on a journey “into the woods'' to reverse the curse. There we meet Little Red Riding Hood, on her way to visit her grandmother, a wolf who loves tasty little girls, the witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and Cinderella’s and Rapunzel’s princes! By the end, everyone will seem to have gotten their wish and will be preparing to live happily ever after. But will they…?


Music Mix (Saturday 9th July-Saturday 10th September 2022)

Music Mix

Nelson City Council in conjunction with Nelson Centre of Musical Arts and Multicultural Nelson Tasman present a series of fortnightly encounters with the world of music and musicians.

9 July – Duo Jackson
30 July – Colette with Bucket Drumming
13 August – Variety Performance from Boys College
27 August – Liam Poole
10 September – Manjit Singh


Nelson Composers Closing Concert (Saturday 9th July 2022)

The closing concert will feature further performances by workshop performers and composer mentors, as well as some highlights of the participants’ pieces, which have been workshopped over the course of the week.


NZ Secondary Students Choir (Monday 11th July 2022)

The internationally awarded national choir for secondary school singers is back in Nelson for the first time since 2006!

Bringing their “infectious joy for music-making” to the NCMA, the choir will present a wide range of music from classical choral to gospel, jazz, modern, and music from New Zealand and the Pacific – repertoire from Eric Whitacre, Antonio Lotti, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Puanaki whānau, David N Childs and crowd favourite, a bit of toe-tapping Toto!


Textile Kids - Knit an Owl Wall Hanging (Holiday fun) (Monday 11th July 2022)

Textile Kids - Knit an Owl Wall Hanging

Come along to our popular children’s textile workshops teaching traditional crafts and sewing to children.
This time children will learn to knit and make an owl wall hanging

Monday 11th July.
Ages 5 to 12, with a parent or caregiver.
10.30am – 12pm

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


Beauty and The Beast JR (Wednesday 13th-Friday 15th July 2022)

Nelson Youth Theatre Company presents a fantastic story of transformation and tolerance.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice, including "Belle", "Be Our Guest", "Human Again" and of course "Beauty and the Beast".

The "tale as old as time" tells the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.


First Light (Saturday 16th July 2022)

Reflection, Regeneration, Release

Join us this June and July for three thoughtfully curated programmes reflecting on our place in this world – meditating on life, loss and rebirth as we mark the first-ever official public holiday dedicated to Matariki, Māori new year.
Familiar favourites by Haydn, Schumann and Mozart are given fresh perspectives, paired beautifully with meditative works by Natalie Hunt, Lyell Cresswell, Grażyna Bacewicz and more.

REGENERATION Programme Two (Nelson)
From darkness and loss come new beginnings.

Lyell Cresswell | Capricci: Bergamasca

Galop & Courante Grażyna Bacewicz | String Quartet No.5

Robert Schumann | String Quartet in a minor, Op.44, No. 1

This performance will be ca. 70mins in duration, without interval.

Classical Champions – Know someone who might love classical music, but hasn’t come to a NZSQ concert before?
Bring along a friend for their first NZSQ concert at half price, when purchasing a full price adult ticket. (Box Office Only)

Use the promo code 10OFF to receive $10 off your ticket purchase (offer ends 08/05/2022)*
*Applies to adult price tickets only.


Textile Kids - Sew a Felt Pouch (Holiday fun) (Tuesday 19th July 2022)

Textile Kids - Sew a Felt Pouch

Come along to our popular children’s textile workshops teaching traditional crafts and sewing to children.
This time children will learn to sew a felt pouch or bag - ideal for phones, pencils, cards or anything special

Tuesday 19 July.
Ages 5 to 12, with a parent or caregiver.
10.30am – 12pm

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


David Seymour Real Change Tour (Tuesday 19th July 2022)

“ACT is listening. Developing good policies that improve the lives of New Zealanders starts with really listening to the concerns of people and having honest conversations.

“We have a cost of living crisis, local communities struggle to get the infrastructure they need and crime is getting worse. Kiwis have overwhelmingly told us that New Zealand is moving in the wrong direction.

“A healthy economy means it shouldn’t take longer to get permission to do something than to do it. Government departments shouldn’t grow every year just because they can. People should be rewarded, not punished, for their efforts.

“Thriving communities should be built on freedom and personal responsibility. A gang shouldn’t be the best career path for kids in any town. Welfare shouldn’t be a lifestyle choice. Schools should be equipping kids to navigate the 21st century instead of pushing the Ministry of Education’s latest dogma.

“We need a Kiwi Identity where every child has the same rights. We shouldn’t divide New Zealand into tangata whenua and tangata tiriti. We’re a modern, multi-ethnic democracy.


Nelson Scouts GANGSHOW (Thursday 21st-Saturday 23rd July 2022)

It’s more than just a show, it’s the Nelson Scouts Gangshow!

That’s right, the fun filled family variety show for young and old is back for another season. Book your tickets now for an evening of well-known songs and sketches for the whole family.


Mini Hoop Embroidery Workshop (Saturday 30th July 2022)

Mini Hoop Embroidery

Stitch a mini embroidery that can be worn as a necklace or a brooch, or as a small artwork for the wall.

At this small group workshop, you will get to try out a number of stitches that you can then use to stitch your brooch, necklace, or small artwork for the wall. The design consists of a background image and design that is printed on fabric for you to follow. We will mount the mini embroidery in the mini hoop with a necklace or brooch fastening.

Some of the stitches you will learn include stem stitch, daisy stitch, fly stitch, french knot and bullion knots. We will also consider where embroidery designs can come from by looking at the origin of the designs I have used for this workshop.

We will be stitching alongside the Table Loom weaving workshop giving you the opportunity to see this delightful weaving.


Table Loom Set Up and Weaving Weekend (Saturday 30th-Sunday 31st July 2022)

This fun workshop will take you step by step to set up a 4 shaft table loom ready to weave a narrow width fabric.

Following a hands-on demonstration, you can select your colours, and then design and make a warp using a warping board or drum. There will be a wide variety of colours, fibres and textures to choose from. You will ‘dress’ the loom (raddle, wind, thread, sley and tie on).

After setting up your loom, you will be taught a few different techniques to weave small fabric samples using a relaxed and intuitive method of weaving. Depending on which fibres you select, the woven fabric can later be made into coasters, washcloths or a perhaps small scarf/cowl.

If you have a specific end-use for your fabric, please let the tutor know in advance to see if this is possible within the time frame. If you live close by and are still weaving at the end of day 2, you may wish to borrow the loom to finish your scarf at home and return it to the tutor (in central Nelson) the following week.

No previous experience is necessary, just a willingness and openness to learn and create.

Materials cost is $20 per person, payable to the tutor.

Class size max 4 people.


South Island Show Offs 2022 (Saturday 30th July 2022)

Originating in the United States, Competitive Cheerleading is a rapidly growing sport in New Zealand.

It has been recognised for the next Olympic Games as a sport due to the fact it is based on gymnastics tumbling, dance and stunting. Not simply jumping up and down with pom-poms, cheerleaders are real athletes.

Apart from the athletic and performance skills acquired through the sport, competitive cheerleading provides athletes with an opportunity to develop life skills such as a strong work ethic, discipline, teamwork and communication

Cheerleading attracts all genders between the ages of 4 - 40 and you will be impressed by how they flip and tumble and lift and throw.

If you have watched the Netflix program 'Cheer' and want to see how it's done then come along.


The Ceol Merchants as part of the Live Music Series (Sunday 31st July 2022)

Davy Stuart, Alex Davidson, Barrie McDonald
‘The Ceol Merchants’
(Purveyors of Fine Traditional Music)
‘Ceol’ means music in both Irish and Scottish Gaelic and it’s the music of these countries that has been a lifelong passion for the group.
They will play a selection of Airs from Scotland and Ireland, some will be lively Reels and Jigs, and they will also add a couple of the slower and more reflective pieces.
Please note that the performance will be at St Peter's church at Founders
Davy Stuart: Davy moved to New Zealand with his music in 1989 and since then has toured widely in NZ and Australia with Rua, Claddagh and as a Duo with Harpist Helen Webby. For the past 30 years
he has also been a full-time Luthier and has a world-wide reputation for his stringed instruments.
Alex Davidson: Alex enjoys playing in traditional Irish and Scottish music sessions and has performed solo and in various groups
Barrie McDonald: Barrie was nine years old when the accordion was thrust into his hands by his mother. He also plays banjo and mandolin.