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Events in Nelson

DUNCAN HAYNES TRIO (Sunday 25th July 2021)

Recently returned to Aotearoa after two decades travelling the globe, Duncan Haynes is one of New Zealand’s finest jazz pianists. Having lived, performed and recorded in the UK, Europe, the USA and South America, he brings a wealth of experience and an international vision to his music.

With a classical background in piano and cello, Duncan studied jazz with the very best of his native New Zealand at Massey University, Wellington.The following years found his arrangements on the multi-platinum selling pop albums of Bic Runga and at huge outdoor events such as Symphony Under the Stars in Auckland and the official millenium celebrations in Wellington. He then spent 8 years based in London, performing all over the U.K. and Europe
After a stint playing rock and blues in Lousiana, USA he moved to Lima, Peru where the music of South America captured his imagination.
Duncan has recorded regularly throughout his career with 5 studio albums to his credit.

Duncan teams up with Mark Lockett (drums) & Seth Boy (bass) to present a concert of original compositions, drawn from his 5 studio albums, highlighting the power, flexibility and sheer beauty that a piano trio can achieve.


Nikon Iris Awards Photo Exhibition and Live Judging (Monday 26th-Wednesday 28th July 2021)

The New Zealand Institute of Professional photography is bringing it's annual conference and photographic awards to Nelson this July.

The photographic awards is the only professional competition in New Zealand for photographers and attracts in excess of 1400 entries annually. Running 26th - 28th July at the Trafalgar Centre, you can come on in and watch the live judging as it takes place.

The photographic exhibition is in the foyer of the Trafalgar Centre and is also open daily with prints for sale and the chance to talk with photographers amongst the exhibition.

Join us on Wednesday 28th july from 6pm - 8pm for drinks, nibbles a light projection on the Trafalgar Centre building and much more.

This is a fantastic event celebrating the art of photography within New Zealand and an excellent opportunity to see the best in the industry.

The New Zealand Photo Show runs on 29-30th July for photographers. This ticketed event is a must-attend for those who are or want to work as a professional photographer. Visit the website for full details.


Nelson CBD Photographic Projection (Monday 26th-Wednesday 28th July 2021)

If you live in Nelson, or are visiting Nelson from 26th - 28th July, make sure you visit the NZIPP light projections in the city! Bringing you images from the 2021 Nikon iris Awards, beamed onto the Westpac Bank Building on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th, and the Trafalgar Centre on Wednesday 28th!

Come and join us from 6pm - 8pm at the Trafalgar Centre on Wednesday 28th July with a cash bar and food for sale, and the photographic projection. Check out the incredible talent in the Nikon Iris Awards Exhibition, and get your hands on some amazing imagery at the exhibition sale.


NZIPP Public Open Evening (Wednesday 28th July 2021)

Nelson, we would love to see you at the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography Public Open Evening!

Come along to the Trafalgar Centre and check out the print exhibition from the prestigious Nikon Iris Awards while enjoying a drink from the cash bar and we'll also have food for sale. We've even got some beautiful artworks for sale at the event!

Join in the photobooth, or check out the photo projection on the Trafalgar Centre building while talking with industry representatives and photographers from all over New Zealand.

Everyone is invited. We would love to show you the amazing work of photographers!


Voices of Aotearoa (Thursday 29th July 2021)

Chroma Chamber Choir, conducted by Costa Simpson, celebrate the diverse and colourful voices of Aotearoa New Zealand: David N. Childs · Katherine Dienes-Williams · David Hamilton · Lorde · Christopher Marshall · Douglas Mews · John Wells · World premiere of 'Motet for a Starling called Matisse' by Mary Celeste (featuring Matisse herself).


Don’t Stop Us Now Dance! (Thursday 29th-Saturday 31st July 2021)

Having a good time, we’re having a ball!

Wakatu Dance Theatre is known for its joyful, high energy and diverse performances with everything from ballet to jazz, and contemporary to tap, sprinkled with some musical theatre. The music covers many genres, many you’ll know and love… be prepared for some great entertainment!

This year we welcome Glenna Armstrong School of Tap and Trudy Fargher’s seniors from FADA to join us on the stage. Our dancers are so excited, come join us for a dance extravaganza!!


Lunchtime Concert: Chroma Chamber Choir (Thursday 29th July 2021)

In this 45-minute concert, Chroma Chamber Choir and conductor Costa Simpson celebrate the diverse and colourful voices of Aotearoa New Zealand.
The programme features arrangements of well-known Maori and Pacific Island tunes alongside the music of Kiwi composers including David Childs, Katherine Dienes-Williams, and David Hamilton.
The world premiere performance of Motet for a Starling called Matisse, by composer and choir member Mary Celeste — and featuring Matisse herself in a starring role — is presented, as well as a selection of popular songs by artists including The Beatles and Lorde.

NCMA’s Lunchtime Concert Series is proudly sponsored by Nelson Pine Industries
A merchant fee may be charged on credit and debit card transactions.
Cash and eftpos available for door sales at Nelson Centre of Musical Arts from 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Season Passes available for $100 for all 10 lunchtime concerts.
Tickets available online or at the NCMA box office. (Book online and save on individual tickets).
Please contact Nelson Centre of Musical Arts if you require wheelchair seating on 03 548 9477 or


The Chopin Project (Saturday 31st July 2021)

As part of their regular Celebration Series, Nelson Centre of Musical Arts welcomes concert pianists Matteo Napoli and Flavio Villani presenting The Chopin Project – a delightful evening of preludes and polonaises.

Matteo Napoli is a honors graduate of the Giordano Conservatoire in Foggia. He studied with a galaxy of world-renowned teachers such as Aldo Ciccolini, Nikita Magalov, Alfredo Speranza and Yvonne Lefebuerre.

Flavio Villani is Italian-born New Zealand citizen living in Auckland. He completed a Bachelor of Piano Performance with Matteo Napoli at the Conservatory ‘G.Martucci’ in conjunction with a Bachelor of IT in Salerno, Italy in 2007. After working in IT in Barcelona he was given the opportunity of coming to New Zealand to pursue a career in music.


Tapestry Weaving Extension Workshop tutored by Marilyn Rea-Menzies (Saturday 31st July-Sunday 1st August 2021)

New Zealand Bush Textures - From Design to Tapestry - suitable for participants who have some previous tapestry weaving experience. Beginners workshop see previous week listing.

In this workshop you will design a small tapestry inspired by the lush textures of our New Zealand native bush. The starting point will be a photograph of the bush. Then working through to a drawing of your own interpretation, similar to the one here that will be used as your tapestry weaving template, Marilyn will guide you through this design process.

Next comes learning the most successful way to warp a tapestry frame loom, then weaving the tapestry inspired by your design using beautiful dyed wool yarns. You will be taken a step further from the plain weave structures that you will have learnt in previous workshops into the textures created by new tapestry techniques such as soumak, French knots, and weft wrapping.

Everyone will work at the own level and pace and you will be able to complete the tapestry at home if you do not complete it during the workshop. A frame loom will be provided along with a selection of colourful yarns enabling you to continue weaving.


Nelson Institute Talk: Novel Foods from Ancient Crops. Eliot Masters (Sunday 1st August 2021)

Eliot Masters spend many years researching and recording traditional agroforestry systems in Africa, looking at cultivated and natural plant products.
He developed African regional initiatives on the shea butter tree for the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (2004-2007), and convened numerous regional events on other natural products for the World Agroforestry Centre (2008-2010).
He is now a permanent academic staff member at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), where he teaches sustainability, supply chain management and economics in the postgraduate and undergraduate applied business programmes.


Lunchtime Concert: Zeb Wulff (Thursday 5th August 2021)

Nelson pianist Zeb Wulff will be performing a juxtaposition of old and new music from renaissance to the late 20th century.

NCMA’s Lunchtime Concert Series is proudly sponsored by Nelson Pine Industries
A merchant fee may be charged on credit and debit card transactions.
Cash and eftpos available for door sales at Nelson Centre of Musical Arts from 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Season Passes available for $100 for all 10 lunchtime concerts.
Tickets available online or at the NCMA box office. (Book online and save on individual tickets).
Please contact Nelson Centre of Musical Arts if you require wheelchair seating on 03 548 9477 or


Friday NCMA Live Lounge Sessions (August - Oct) (Friday 6th August-Friday 15th October 2021)

NCMA continues Live Lounge sessions. FREE live music every Friday through to mid October.
Start your weekend right and join us at the NCMA Atrium Bar.
Music from 5pm.
Bar open from 4.30pm.

Friday August 6th : Mr Nobody
Friday August 13th : Django Schmango
Friday August 27th : Tessa Q + 2
Friday Sept 10th : We Two
Friday Sept 17th : Peace of Me
Friday Sept 24th : GwB
Friday Oct 1st : Bossa Via
Friday Oct 8th : Kaylee B
Friday Oct 15th 30th : TBA


Vast Dance Festival (Friday 6th August 2021)

Vast Dance Festival celebrates the combined talents of high school students in the “Top of the South” region.

The annual performance showcases students from Waimea College, Nayland College, Garin College, Motueka High School, Nelson College and Nelson College for Girls.

The objectives of Vast Dance Festival are to:
– Provide opportunities for high school students to perform in a professional environment
– Celebrate the wide range of styles taught in our region
– Provide a platform for student choreographers to share their work
– Give students practical experience with lighting, front of house, design and stage management responsibilities


Te Tauihu ki te Hoe (Saturday 7th August 2021)

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi o Te Tauihu, tēnā tātou Te Tauihu o te Waka a Māui Māori Cultural Council invites you to our next major event - Te Tauihu ki te Hoe!
This event is a celebration of kapa haka excellence in our region with kapa of all ages showcasing the best that our rohe has to offer. Kapa haka of all ages will grace the stage including regional winners Kura Tai Waka and Te Pītau Whakarei.
This event also includes the secondary schools national qualifier, Taku Kara Tipuna. Secondary schools kapa haka will battle it out to see who will represent us at next year's Ngā Kapa Haka Kura Tuarua in Auckland.
Come along to Trafalgar Centre in Nelson on August the 7th and experience an extravaganza of local talent!
Te Tauihu, ki te hoe!


International Blues Music Day 2021 (Saturday 7th August 2021)

House of Blues presents: International Blues Music Day 2021

The Granary, Founders Park, Nelson Saturday 7th August $40.00 per ticket , 7pm till 11:00pm

2 Live stages, Licensed Bar, Food Carts

Tickets from Bandaids

Featuring: Special Guests from Auckland, The Flaming Mud Cats!!!

- Up the Line

- Hunter Gilles Band

- Dem Blues Boys

- Darrin Andrews Band

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

Contact Nic Roland on 5402985 for any further information.

Contact Chrissy Olsen 03)546 7998 or 027 293 6952 for Ticketing Inquires & Phone Bookings


Writing Crime with Jen Shieff (Saturday 7th August 2021)

Two time Ngaio Marsh Award finalist Jen Shieff will discuss where her inspiration comes from, what attracts her to writing about crime and justice, and how she brings fascinating characters and exciting stories to life on the page.

A free event for all ages.

Saturday 7 August
Elma Turner Library


The Shades Gratitude Tour (Saturday 7th August 2021)

The Shades are touring their long awaited new album release titled Gratitude. The album will be toured across 5 cities in NZ and the evening will share songs from this new album, stories from their recent time in New York (pre-and post Covid) and the reason for the album.