Events in Nelson

TINA Simply The Best (Sunday 1st November 2020)

Get the electrifying concert experience of Tina Turner with this full stage production brimming with Tina hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s.

Featuring the powerful, raspy vocals and thrilling stage presence of Caroline Borole live on stage, complete with band, brass section, backing vocalists and dancers to make this the definitive tribute, and a fabulous fun night out!

Hear all the energetic Rock and soulful RnB hits that made Tina one of the 20th century’s biggest names in music – Simply the Best, What’s Love Got to Do With It, River Deep Mountain High, Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits, We Don’t Need Another Hero, What You Get is What You See, Private Dancer and many more.

Please note: 7pm show is now SOLD OUT


Te Moana Glow Show (Monday 2nd November 2020)

Illuminate kids’ hearts and minds with this magical giant-scale glow-in-the-dark puppet show! Go under the sea with a courageous Kina on her journey of discovery across the Pacific Ocean to Aotearoa. It’s a delightful story of our kai moana and the whakatauki ‘He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.’

This innovative, cutting edge concept features 40+ glow-in-the-dark puppets under UV lights in a black box theatre environment. 15,000+ children saw the extraordinary Matariki Glow Show in 2017/18 and 25,000+ children saw it in 2019. The ALL NEW Te Moana Glow Show is a must-see for 2020!

The production was created by puppet designer/creator Sarah Burren who collaborated with composer/musical director Midge Perez. They have an impressive history, having worked together on 20 children’s shows. Sarah has been involved in the concept/design/production of over 100 stage shows and live events both in NZ and internationally. They sought the guidance and approval of kaumātua Dr Haare Williams (amorangi in arts, culture and education) to create a story that ignites the spirit and pride of our tamariki.

Recommended for ages 2 – 10. This production is suitable for special needs children.


Kill Your Mortgage & Sort Your Retirement with Hannah McQueen (Thursday 5th November 2020)

Have you ever wondered what your life could be like if you didn't have a mortgage?

Forget lotto - hit the jackpot by letting financial strategist and founder Hannah McQueen show you how to make it possible within the next 10 years - or less!

Come along to her FREE seminar - live in Nelson for the first time - to learn how to take charge of your financial future, get mortgage-free in 10 years (or less!) instead of 30, plan for the retirement you want, grow wealth and get ambitious with your goals.

Hannah will be presenting her seminar in Nelson on Thursday the 5th of November at 5.30pm at the Trafalgar Pavilion.

Following the presentation, you're invited to stay for drinks and nibbles to celebrate - financial strategy & coaching opening its doors in Nelson!

If you’re ready for better, NOW is the time to make progress - we look forward to seeing you there.


Lunchtime Concert: Violin and Piano Music by Women Composers (Thursday 5th November 2020)

The 19th Century was ambivalent towards female violinists. On the one hand they were tolerated as soloists, on the other they were denied participation in professional orchestras and violin playing was considered improper and too masculine for women. In spite of this women continued to compose and perform in private circles.


Lili Boulanger (1893 – 1918)
Barbara Heller (1936 – )
Emilie Mayer (1812 – 1883)
Grażyna Bacewicz (1909 – 1969)
Margarita Jackson (1949 – )
Luise Adolpha Le Beau (1850 – 1927)


Parihaka and the Whakatū Connection (Thursday 5th November 2020)

Parihaka – the story of peaceful resistance and the heritage of our time and place.

As part of the Nelson Heritage Festival, Te Oro Haa presents the Parihaka story by weaving waiata, kapa haka, te reo Māori and ancient Māori sounds. Remembering the invasion of 1881, the Government reconciliation in 2017 and the Parihaka legacy into the future, this performance celebrates the uniqueness of our people, land and spirit.


O & The Mo (Friday 6th November 2020)

Tasman based indie-folk duo O & The Mo are excited to bring their intimate stripped back show to Fairfield House this November ahead of their debut album release. Expect smooth vocals, quirky lyrics, romantic guitar melodies and a sprinkle of groove as the pair treat you to a special and intimate evening filled with songs yet to be released. Having recently recorded their album in the stunning Delaware Bay, this is an event not to be missed for those interested in checking out Nelson’s newest original act.

Tickets $15


Undercurrent (Saturday 7th November 2020)

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, renowned national dance company Footnote New Zealand Dance, presents Undercurrent: two absorbing new dance works that are rich in detail and grand in scale. Dive in and be swept into these worlds, created by Japanese artist Kota Yamazaki and New Zealand choreographer Rose Philpott.

Kota Yamazaki shares a reflective mosaic of visual delight in his work Fog, Nerves, Future, Ocean, Hello (echoes). Mysterious, surprising and beautiful, this work is the result of working across continents in a changed world. Inspired by the landscape of Wellington and the unpredictability of human behaviour, this work is buoyed by hypnotic sound design by Jesse Austin-Stewart and intricate, sculptural set design by his Tokyo-based collaborators.

Dry Spell, choreographed by Rose Philpott, is a telling of one night. A whirlpool of frenzied hedonism set to an original composition by prolific sound designer Eden Mulholland. Saturated in colour and energy, Dry Spell sinks to intriguing depths in a strange collection of equally murky and razor-sharp encounters.

Anchored by the intensity and skill of the Footnote New Zealand Dance company members, Undercurrent will flood theatres across the country with crisp and captivating dance.

Running time: 80min (including 15min interval)


NZSO Baroque Series present Bach Extended (Saturday 7th November 2020)

Vesa-Matti Leppänen Director/Violin
Diedre Irons Fortepiano
Andrew Joyce Cello

WF Bach Duet for Two Flutes
CPE Bach Concerto No. 4 in C Minor, Wq 43/4
JS Bach The Art of Fugue, Contrapunctus XIV, Unfinished
JS Bach Selection from Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major
JS Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3
JS Bach Chorale Vor deinen Thron

While Johann Sebastian Bach is the undisputed master of baroque music, talent also ran in his family. Bach Extended presents four of JS Bach’s most beloved works alongside two exceptional pieces by his sons Wilhelm and Carl. Both were heavily influenced by their father, but also pushed the boundaries of what baroque music could achieve.


The NZ Cider Festival 2020 (Saturday 7th November 2020)

The New Zealand Cider Festival will be back for its fifth year on Saturday 7th November 2020! A Festival to celebrate all things Cider in the scenic and central location of the Nelson region. Described by National Geographic as "heaven for Cider seekers", Nelson produces 60% of the country's Cider due to its high concentration of Cideries and along with the scenic landscape makes for the optimum place for a Cider Festival!


NEW SHOW DATE: Michael Houstoun and Rodger Fox in Concert (Sunday 8th November 2020)

A chance meeting in Christchurch in 2014 ultimately led to the unlikely, but superb, combination of two of New Zealand’s pre-eminent musicians – outstanding classical pianist, Michael Houstoun, and foremost jazz trombonist, big band leader, jazz educator, arranger and producer, Rodger Fox.

Fast forward to 2020, Michael and Rodger will bring their acclaimed concert series to NCMA in November.

Along with the Rodger Fox Big Band and special guest vocalist Erna Ferry, Michael and Rodger will delight the Nelson audience.

Their programme will include:

Two new arrangements from internationally acclaimed composer – arranger Bill Cunliffe
Piano and jazz big band material written by one of Michael Houstoun’s favourite artists the great Gino Vannelli. “Brother to Brother” and “Storm at Sunup”.
Mountain Dance, written for piano and big band by Grammy award winning composer and arranger David Grusin

The Big Band will also present material from its forthcoming recording of New Zealand original compositions by composers A.Schwabe (winner of the APRA 2018 Jazz composition of the year), D.Hayles, L.Ellis, B.Hunt, C.Selley, B.Van Vliet, B.Smith and R.Fox.

A concert not to be missed.


Learn at the Library - Research Tools (Thursday 12th November 2020)

Search for information from many sources in the ‘deep web’ not accessed by Google. The Libraries’ Research databases are explored.

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.


Lunchtime Concert: Grampians Trio with Rachmaninov & Dvorak (Thursday 12th November 2020)

Piano Trios are one of the most common forms of chamber music. The standard trio includes violin and cello. The piano trios of the classical era are dominated by the piano with the string doubling the piano parts. This was usually to give pianos more resonance as at that time pianos were quite weak in tone. But by the 19thcentury all three instruments hold their own. The piano has both solo and accompanying roles which free up the strings to play in a more soloistic fashion.

Over the centuries the piano trio has gained a repertoire of exceptional size and richness. Many composers were also pianists and reserved their most expressive and intimate compositions for this ensemble.

The Grampians Trio will perform Trio no 1 in G minor ‘Elegiac’ by Rachmaninov and Trio op 90 ‘Dumky’ by Dvořák.


Te Huinga Whetū Regional Kapa Haka Competitions (Friday 13th November 2020)

Te Huinga Whetū is our regions premier kapa haka festival for primary school aged tamariki.

Our day kicks off with our non-competitive festival for kura who want to showcase their kapa haka to the community.

After the lunch break we have a great line up of kapa haka taking the stage including our top three kapa haka from 2018 - Tamariki Toa o Te Pouahi, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tuia te Matangi, and Te Pītau Whakarei. They will battle it out with the other competitive kapa haka to gain a spot at next years Te Mana Kuratahi.

We are also excited to announce that this years event will include a regional secondary schools competition, with kura from Nelson and Marlborough competing for top honours this year.

Get your tickets today, early bird tickets are on sale until 8:59am on October 13th.

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for more updates!


The Music of Leonard Cohen: A Journey 1967 to 2016 (Friday 13th November 2020)

Imperfect Offering presents the music of the great singer-songwriter-poet Leonard Cohen. This acclaimed nine-piece band have sold-out concerts and created a huge audience following all over the North Island: “Utterly blown away, wow, just wow”… “Sometimes better than the originals”… This is their first visit to the South Island, catch them for ONE NIGHT ONLY.

Imperfect Offering have been performing around NZ for five years with the full range of Cohen’s best-loved songs including Hallelujah, Bird on a Wire, So Long Marianne as well as songs from Cohen’s intensely touching last albums with a full band line-up including five vocalists and acclaimed violinist Nick Jones.

The focus will be on Cohen’s life journey through his music on his first album Songs of Leonard Cohen in 1967 to his last album You Want it Darker released just weeks before his death in 2016. With a story that spans from a Jewish upbringing in Montreal, through Greek Island life with his muse Marianne to New York’s artist hang-out Chelsea Hotel to a Zen Buddhist sanctuary on Mount Baldy, Imperfect Offering will present the best songs from this journey.

“Cohen’s music was captured perfectly with the incredible talent of the whole band “ Radio13 2019

“Truly a special concert performed for the memory of a very special man.” Radio13 2018


Te Huinga Whetu Regional Kapa Haka competition (Friday 13th November 2020)

Te Tauihu o te Waka Culture Council presents Te Huinga Whetū - Regional Kapa Haka Competitions

Haere mai e ngā iwi ki runga Whakatū whenua, Whakatū tangata!

Te Huinga Whetū - Regional Kapa Haka Competitions come to Trafalgar Centre .
Tickets go on sale 01/08/2020

The top primary school kapa haka from throughout the Top of the South will battle it out to see who qualifies for the national kapa haka championships in 2021. This year we also showcase the best of our secondary schools kapa haka talents in a brand new competition format!

This is an event you won't want to miss out on!


Grandiose Cabaret: Royal Deluxe (Saturday 14th November 2020)

Join us for a Royal Deluxe edition held at the gorgeous historic Theatre Royal Nelson.

Your funny bone will be tickled at this risque R18 cabaret featuring an all local cast. Prepare to be dazzled and spellbound by award winning Burlesque Performers, Cabaret Singers, Magicians and more!