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Events in Nelson

Mia Grace (Sunday 12th July 2020)

What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon - at Founders Cafe with a beverage listening to the powerful sounds of fresh local talent Mia Grace. Soulful renditions of a wide range of covers, as well as a collection of her own beautiful original songs.


Spina & Benignetti Piano Duo - POSTPONED (Friday 17th July 2020)

The Italian Piano Duo Spina & Benignetti is one of the most talented and acclaimed piano duo in Europe. Their album “Lifetime” including works of Mozart, Rachmaninov and Barber won the Gold Medal as Best Duo, Best Emerging Artist and Best Album at the 2017 Global Music Awards in USA.

Coming from a strong musical lineage with backgrounds as soloist and chamber musicians, the duo have appeared as soloists in orchestras across Italy, France and The Netherlands. The duo performs regularly throughout Europe, and they have also toured across South Africa, Asia, Australia and the USA. 2019 has been one of their busiest years to date, with over 50 concerts played in just 6 months.

The piano duo are Official Yamaha Artists and have been proudly sponsored by them since December 2017.

For their debut at NCMA they present a beautiful programme dedicated to works for piano duet. In the first part they will play two major works of Franz Schubert: the Fantasia in f minor D940 and the Eight Variations on an Original Theme D813. The second part of the recital will celebrate the French’s music including pieces of Camille Saint-Saëns, Cecile Chaminade, Francis Poulenc.


Restorative Yoga & Oils | 8 week course (Thursday 23rd July-Thursday 10th September 2020)

In this eight weeks of nourishment, we will couple doTERRA essential oils with beautifully supported restorative yoga poses. These sessions are deeply nurturing and invite your whole being to relax. Real relaxation, the kind that activates the parasympathetic nervous system, is essential for our overall health and well-being. Slow down and feel good. :)

The course is being held at Natural Living, an intimate and warm yoga studio at Founders Park (accessed by the main carpark, outside of the complex).

Places are limited, book yours by emailing Lisa Allan on

Lisa has been teaching yoga since 2004. She is a qualified and experienced yoga teacher and Reiki master/teacher.

Restorative Yoga & Oils | 8 week course is on these dates: 23rd July 2020 30th July 2020 6th August 2020 13th August 2020 20th August 2020 27th August 2020 3rd September 2020 10th September 2020

NCMA Lunchtime Concerts - Term 3 (Thursday 23rd July-Thursday 24th September 2020)

Joining us on stage for our term 3 lunchtime concerts will be a range of local and national performers. Immerse yourself in live classical, jazz and vocal music.

23/07/20 Fleur Jackson & Mary Ayre – a programme of works by Beethoven, Dvořák & Prokofiev
30/07/20 Juliet Ayre & Zeb Wulff – Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 1
06/08/20 Phoenix Piano Trio – Original atmospheric music for piano, violin and cello
13/08/20 Raffaele Bandoli – trumpet jazz from the classic American songbook repertoire
20/08/20 Mosaic Choir – world music
27/08/20 Yid-Ee Goh and Friends – Beethoven’s String Quartet and Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E flat major
03/09/20 Erica Sim, Allison Cormack and Anne Shearer – New Zealand Art Songs
10/09/20 Richard Mapp – Haydn Variations in F Minor and Schumann Fantasie
17/09/20 Local musicians perform Schnittke’s Trio for violin, viola and cello and Schubert’s String Trio
24/09/20 Mary Ayre – Beethoven’s Pastorale Sonata and music by Schumann and Albeniz

NCMA Lunchtime Concerts - Term 3 is on these dates: 23rd July 2020 30th July 2020 6th August 2020 13th August 2020 20th August 2020 27th August 2020 3rd September 2020 10th September 2020 17th September 2020 24th September 2020

Pink Ribbon Breakfast with Kudos Food Design and Founders Cafe (Friday 24th July 2020)

It's our first Pink Ribbon Breakfast and we would love for you to join in us in giving to a fantastic cause.

Great venue, great food, spot prizes, silent auction and a wonderful speaker.

Date: Friday 24 July

Sitting Times: 7.30 - 9.30am and 10.30 - 12.30pm

Your $40.00 entry includes delicious Kudos catering and 2 drinks per person including Kono Wines,Halo Coffee and fresh orange juice. All proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

Book by private messaging our Facebook page with the names of the guests attending, what sitting time you would like and cell phone number. Alternatively email Once we have confirmed your booking we will send you banking details. Payment is to be made before the day.

We will have a register and be in contact with you to remind you a day or two before the event. Get in quick to avoid missing out, spaces are limited.

Proceeds will be going to the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ. We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the sponsors we have on board. If you would like to donate something please message us.

Grab your friends and come give back while enjoying an enviable morning feast.


This Day (Haec Dies) (Saturday 25th July 2020)

An afternoon concert of unaccompanied choral music. Costa Simpson conducts a programme featuring music from Arne, Byrd, Barber, Gjielo, Whitacre, Tallis and Bach. With guest pianist Richard Mapp. A lovely way to spend a winter's afternoon in the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts (NCMA). Refreshments served following the concert.


100% DnB Feat The Upbeats, State of Mind + Jabz MC, Optimus Gryme (Friday 31st July-Saturday 1st August 2020)

Bass is back in the place Nelson!
Winter Warehouse Rave coming at ya!

Early Bird ***SOLD OUT***
General Admission ***SOLD OUT***
GA - Final Release ***SELLING FAST***

Elsewhere NZ presents 100% DnB

GULL (Akl)

6pm - Midnight
The Energy Centre, Founders Park, Nelson

We’ve all been battling for months and now it is time to finally party & reunite with the bass music massive, let’s support the artist’s & music we all love!

100% DnB is at The Energy Centre warehouse at Founders Park.
Lets turn this icy mammoth of a warehouse into a boiling pot of heat created by you on the dance floor!

What you can expect...

BIG sound system, flashing lights, lasers & general DnB chaos + tasty food & drinks.
Full Bar onsite.

Elsewhere NZ presents 100% DnB
6pm - Midnight
The Energy Centre, Founders Park, Nelson

100% DnB Feat The Upbeats, State of Mind + Jabz MC, Optimus Gryme is on these dates: 31st July 2020 1st August 2020

International Blues Music Day 2020 (Saturday 1st August 2020)

House of Blues presents
International Blues Music Day 2020
in support of Hospice Nelson

The Granary, Founders Park, Nelson
$30, 7pm till 1130pm
2 stages, licensed bar
Tickets from Bandaids
Boogie Train and Friends
West Coast Blues Band
Dem Blues Boys
Darrin Andrews and Friends
and many more to be announced soon
Join us for a night of the best Blues music Nelson has to offer in support of the Nelson Hospice.
From Chicago to New Zealand the first weekend of August sees people from all around the world unite to observe International Blues Music Day..This is a global event celebrating the ethos, attitude and music of a timeless genre.
This year Nelson is planning our biggest celebration yet at the Granary Room, Founders Park. Two stages will see a continuous flow of music throughout the evening from the region's best people of the blues.
Licensed bar and food options available throughout the evening. R18 event
This event is always popular and will sell out, so please buy your tickets ahead of time at to avoid disappointment.
Contact Nic Roland on 5402985 for any further information.