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Events in Nelson

Seasons Art- Winter (Tuesday 17th May 2022)

Popular Seasons Art Class offers new Art courses starting
Tuesday 17th May from 6pm – 9pm
Wednesday 18th May from 10am – 1pm.

14 weeks Art course with 3 hour weekly sessions.

Suitable for adult beginners and improvers

All material and refreshments are provided

$49 per week ( +$84 booking fee)

Meet like-minded people in a relaxed atmosphere

For more information please visit

or our facebook page

or give Heiko & Susanne a call 021 278 1280

Looking forward to seeing you soon!


Te Kaiaotanga o Te Reo 2022 (Tuesday 17th-Wednesday 18th May 2022)

Ko Te Tauihu-o-Te-Waka-a-Māui tētahi o ngā tini rohe i pāngia kinotia ki te whakamōtī o te reo Māori. Nā ngā āhuatanga o te wā kua riro nei mā tēnā iwi, mā tēnā iwi tōna anō huarahi e para ki te whakarite rautaki whakarauora i te reo Māori e tāmatemate nei. Heoi anō, arā tonu ētahi mahi e taea nei e tātau katoa.

Te Tauihu-o-Te-Waka-a-Māui is one of many regions to have experienced the devastating loss of Māori language. We stand in a time when tribes must embark on their own journey to develop revitalisation strategies aimed at saving te reo Māori from the brink of extinction.

But there are things we can do together.

Ngāti Apa ki Te Rā Tō and Rangitāne o Wairau are thrilled to work collaboratively to facilitate the second Māori language symposium to be held within the region. Named by language champion, Sir Tīmoti Kāretu, Te Kaiaotanga o Te Reo aims to inspire local language advocates by enlisting some of the country’s greatest known language exponents.

This two-day symposium aims to both empower local language stalwarts who are working hard at the helm of revitalisation efforts, and also ensure related mātauranga is shared with the wider Te Tauihu community.


Knitting Sale (Wednesday 18th May 2022)

Buy handmade woollen garments for babies and young children at affordable prices. All proceeds support the work of the Library Knitters.

Cash only please


Sir Ed Hillary's Antarctic Hut VR Experience (Wednesday 18th-Saturday 28th May 2022)

(One of the 70+ events being held during Tuku 22 Whakatū Heritage Months.)

Antarctic Heritage Trust invites you to explore Sir Edmund Hillary’s Antarctic hut through a new and fully immersive virtual reality (VR) experience!

Step inside Hillary’s hut and find out what life was like for the scientists and explorers who ventured into Antarctica’s interior during the Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1957-59.

Interact with artefacts from the hut and listen to the stories told by the protagonists.

The VR experience takes approximately 15 minutes. It is suitable for everyone from 9 years old and over.

For more information on this, see

To view the full Tuku 22 programme, go to the It’s On home page and click on the Tuku22 logo.


Lunchtime Concert: Louis Lucas-Perry (Thursday 19th May 2022)

Louis Lucas-Perry has been learning the piano since the age of 10. Louis gained a Bachelor’s degree from Victoria University of Wellington under the guidance of Jian Liu and received both the Expressions Piano Trust Prize and the NZSM Director’s Scholarship. Louis also accompanies the Nelson Male Voice Choir and the Motueka High School choirs and has performed many concerts in the Nelson and Wellington areas. For the last few years he has been studying with Richard Mapp. With his guidance he has just recently been accepted into the Lewis Eady piano competition which has been postponed until February 2022. He has also just recently started making weekly Youtube videos (channel: Louis Lucas-Perry) so he has something certain to do in these uncertain times.

Sponsored by Nelson Pine Industries


Psychology Week (Thursday 19th May 2022)

The Nelson Branch of the New Zealand Psychological Society are celebrating Psychology Week 2022 with several Community Corner Sessions.
Drop in to meet and chat with psychologist Jan Marsh about resilience and self care. Jan will be happy to answer your psychology-related questions.

Stoke: Thursday 19 May, 12.30 - 1.30pm.


Hysterical (Friday 20th-Saturday 21st May 2022)

Women are frequently told they are too emotional - too hysterical - to be taken seriously, to be leaders of countries and companies, to be believed when pointing to their own hurt. Hysterical challenges these myths with poetry that confronts body politics, systemic sexism, and weeping uncontrollably in the supermarket.

Witness Hysterical on its nation-wide tour, as internationally acclaimed poets Carrie Rudzinski and Olivia Hall reunite after the success of their previous show How We Survive.

Rudzinski is an award-winning poet, published author, and teaching artist and Hall is a celebrated poet and performer with a Masters in Gender Studies.

Hysterical intertwines social issues and personal stories to create a performance that is both confronting and accessible, powerful and needed. By weaving their voices together in duet, Rudzinski and Hall deliver a powerhouse performance encouraging the audience to laugh, cry, and experience emotion together.

Fierce, feminist, and fulfilling, Hysterical celebrates the multitudes of women and will leave you feeling empowered and alive. Come celebrate the hysteria in all of us.


HOPE by Anita Kagaya (Monday 23rd May-Saturday 18th June 2022)

The constant portrayal on media of the breakdown of society through numerous global issues, including political mistrust, violence, racism and a global pandemic, have cast a dark shadow on humanity as a whole, and demanded that the whole world face questions of life and death, and the purpose of life itself. This project aspires to see exterior tragedy with a more inward positive light. It is a space that attempts to inspire the audience to recreate or re-experience their own narratives under new light and purposes.

The work yearns to reminisce the beauty of the past, and aspires to envision a favourable future. It welcomes the community to enter a totally new space and feel free to experience and feel whatever they may need to.


CONSTRUCTS by Lane Hawkins (Monday 23rd May-Saturday 18th June 2022)

Lane is based in Whakatū Nelson New Zealand. He has a Bachelor in Art and Visual Culture from Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi where he majored in weaving.

Lane produces works that comprise of locally harvested natural and found materials woven to produce contemporary art forms. These forms are guided by the materials used and reflect the delicate balance between people and nature.

Lane has studied both Māori and Japanese weaving practices and techniques. His work reflects contemporary Japanese basketry and incorporates the natural materials and approaches Māori have been using in New Zealand for hundreds of years.


Ethically Kate - Zoom talk with Kate Hall (Wednesday 25th May 2022)

Living with less waste and making ethical purchases is hard when life is hectic. I totally get it. I use positivity and leading by example to show others how simple it can be to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Through story telling and interactive speaking, I will give you tools and positive habits to take away with you and instill in your life, no matter how chaotic it gets.

This talk is suitable for those who've just begun to understand their impact, to people who are already sustainable living experts!

Bookings required. Email
Option available to join on Zoom from home. Email to enquire.

Kate Hall will also be judging our Op Shop Fashion Challenge! Keep an eye out for further details


Four Seasons (Thursday 26th May 2022)

Presented in association with Roger and Catherine Taylor

Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Piazzolla orch. Desyatnikov Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)

As autumn leaves fall, the NZSO warms you up with the most colourful of musical seasons.
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are now popular everywhere, but at the time he wrote these four concerti, they were considered almost wacky. A musical depiction of every season, right down to hearing birds trill and dogs bark? Really?
400 years later though, the left-field genius of his idea bears rich fruit in Piazzolla’s homage to the original work. Initially written for violin, piano, electric guitar, bass and bandonéon (tango accordion), Desyatnikov’s string orchestration of Las Cuatro Estaciones brings forth the spicy contrast between the original Vivaldi work and Piazzolla’s nuevo tango style, giving Las Cuatro Estaciones its special Latin sizzle.
NZSO violinists – Anna van der Zee, Malavika Gopal, Simeon Broom, and Alan Molina – step into the spotlight to perform a ‘Season’ each, under the steady leadership of NZSO concertmaster, Vesa-Matti Leppänen.


Videography Workshop with NMIT (Wednesday 1st June 2022)

Two-hour workshop on DIY home videographer tips and tricks for the hobbyist filmmaker, small business content creator, and amateur YouTube streamer with Jess Shirley NMIT Tutor for Arts & Design.

To be held online via Zoom - watch at home or at Elma Turner Library.
To book: call 03 546 8100 or email
Alternatively, speak with a library staff member to book in.

About Jess: A freelance photographer for over 12 years, Jess joined the NMIT Arts and Media team as a tutor because she wanted to share her passion for art and design through teaching others.
Her comprehensive skill base and love of teaching has enabled many students to gain the confidence and skills they needed to produce work both for themselves and at industry standard. Jess teaches a range of courses at NMIT.


Lunchtime Concert: Lissa Cowie & Josie Yau (Thursday 2nd June 2022)

Lissa studied cello at Auckland University with Coral Bognuda graduating with BMusHons, followed by a postgraduate degree, PGDipRAM, from the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Orchestral experience includes: the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and National Symphony Orchestra of Scotland. Founding the Elgin Piano Trio and various string quartets, she gave concerts in the UK, Europe and Canada.

Hong Kong-born pianist Josie Yau studied piano performance with Shi-guang Cui and vocal performance with Jeffie Leung in Hong Kong Baptist University. After completing her Bachelor in Arts with Honour, Yau served in the government-run Hong Kong Music Office, where she provided theory, aural, ensembleship and choral training for over 300 trainees each year.
Outside her busy teaching schedule, Yau has been an active accompanist, choral conductor and chamber musician performing regularly in Hong Kong, Austria, Germany, Italy, and China.
In 2020, Yau left her government position after 12 years and came to join her husband in New Zealand.

Sponsored by Nelson Pine Industries


Ceol Aneas Traditional Irish Music Festival 2022 (Friday 3rd-Monday 6th June 2022)

Ceol Aneas (Music From the South) is New Zealand's largest gathering of Irish traditional music and has been running for the past 22 years. Musicians from all over New Zealand gather annually in Nelson over Queens Birthday weekend for a weekend of classes and music. The event provides tuition in Irish flute, tin whistle, fiddle, banjo and mandolin, accordion and concertina, guitar, bouzouki, and traditional singing. This year we also offer two brand new classes in set dancing and uillean pipes.

The Friday night informal live lounge concert will be held at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts. Bring the whole family to have fun at our community céilídh at Trafalgar Hall on Saturday night. Come and listen to a traditional music session in bars and cafés around town, from 8 pm till late at The Free House, the Prince Albert, the Workshop and the Wakatu Hotel. Please see our website for more detailed venue information. A family-friendly singing session will be held on Saturday from 3.30-5.30pm (venue TBC).

The Sunday evening Festival Highlight Concert will be at The Nelson Centre of Musical Arts at 7pm on Sunday, and will feature an exciting lineup of festival guests. We hope you'll join us for a weekend of great music and 'craic' (Irish for a good time!)


Founders Annual Book Fair 2022 (Saturday 4th-Sunday 12th June 2022)

The annual Founders Book Fair begins Queens Birthday weekend on Saturday 4 June 2022.

A huge variety of second-hand books, DVDs, vinyl records, puzzles and games will be for sale at bargain prices. Again, the Book Fair will be based in the Energy Centre, with the children's books located in the Granary Hall.

Purchase a $5 nine-day pass or pay a daily entry fee of just $2. The Book Fair will be open from 10am-4.30pm every day.


Ceol Aneas Irish Festival Showcase Concert 2022 (Sunday 5th June 2022)

The concert is the highlight of the Ceol Aneas Irish Music Festival. This is a rare opportunity to experience homegrown Irish traditional music at its very best.

Featuring Evey McAuliffe (traditional song and bodhran), Rennie Pearson (flute), James McNamara and Brendyn Montgomery (fiddle), Bob McNeill (guitar), Duncan Davidson (button accordion and whistle), Karen Reid (whistle and flute) and Steve McGlone (bouzouki). For the first time, this year's concert will also showcase the best of uilleann pipes with three expert pipers: Sean Connolly, Kris Nielsen and Pete Egli.

This concert guarantees an evening of spellbinding music that traditional music fans cannot afford to miss. Expect lively Irish music and “craic” with toe-tapping tunes.


Rainbow Storytime (Tuesday 7th June 2022)

Erika & CoCo Flash are bringing their Rainbow Storytime and Living Library sessions to Nelson!

Rainbow Storytime is a chance to hear books about acceptance, diversity, inclusion and being kind, play some fun games and meet some fabulous drag queens with plenty of colours and glitter!

Living Library is designed around learning about how the duo became Erika & Coco, how they identify and is a chance to ask any questions you have about the LGBTG+ community.

The Haus of Flash sisters are the true queens of Aotearoa. Erika is a 7ft, blonde bombshell straight off the Broadway stage. A real housewife of Taranaki with an obsession for all things glam and pink pink…PINK! CoCo is a disco diva with a love for dance, beats and bass.

June 7
Rainbow Storytime at 10.30am
Living Library (age13+) at 3.45pm.

Elma Turner Library.
Bookings are required by contacting or phoning (03) 546 8100