Events in Nelson

Nelson's Curious Creations - Floor Talk (Wednesday 1st February 2023)

Join Darryl Gallagher, our Senior Curator of Photography as he shares more about the interesting life of FN Jones - photographer, entrepreneur, and entertainer.

Find out how a snap decision launched Jones’s career as a photographer and what he did to ensure he captured the best shot. Darryl will also explore Jones’s later life as he moved from documenting to entertaining Nelson with his Coney Park and Pixie Town creations!

Free Event
Wednesday 1 February
5:30 – 6:30pm
Nelson Provincial Museum

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Bazurka (Thursday 2nd February 2023)

Wonderfully invigorating Balkan, gypsy, folk music.

The hottest Balkan fusion ensemble in Wellington is coming to the South Island, and this time they’re pulling no punches. Fresh out of the studio recording their debut album “Novi Grad All Stars”, they’re raring to showcase their new and exciting brand of music to the people of Nelson.

Bazurka are a six piece instrumental Balkan music ensemble. Forged in the fires of the cultural melting pot that is Newtown, and tempered by passion, heartache, and a dash of madness, their music is bold, brooding, and beautiful. They’ll make you laugh, they’ll make you cry, they’ll make you dance like your life depended on it.

Since forming in 2016 they’ve wowed audiences all over the country, including Auckland Garden Festival, Newtown Festival, and Cuba Dupa.

You just have to dance on a beautiful summer evening under the stars in the Fairfield courtyard.

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Hot Potato Band (Friday 3rd February 2023)

Hot Potato Band’s larger-than-life brass collective is a breath of fresh air, setting a new bar for energetic and interactive live performances.

Finding home in Sydney, Australia, their positive coastal energy pushes euphoric boundaries in their bold quest to reignite acoustic instrumentation. HPB is un-bound by genres, stages and audiences. They are re-inventive of the traditional street brass band as a modern day dance machine and visual spectacle for all demographics with a strong sense of pride for their fun-loving, organic, and quirky musical nature.

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Summer Movies al Fresco – The Lion King Reo Māori (Friday 3rd February 2023)

Lion prince Simba and his father are targeted by his bitter uncle, who wants to ascend to the throne himself. This ‘90s Disney classic is revoiced, as translated by experts in different rohe (regions) with key characters sporting different mita (dialect).

Gather a group, a picnic, load up the couch and join us from 7.30pm to play giant board games, talk with each other and watch the regions’ glorious summer sunsets. Wrap up warm and pocket a torch to light your way home.

If it looks like rain, please text ‘Is it on?’ to 021 776 623 after 7.30pm on the night.

Full Movie Calendar at www.nelsonsummer.nz.

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Booksale (Saturday 4th-Sunday 5th February 2023)

Celebrate the Pop-up Library extension and get ready to go back to school with our Library Book Sale.

This will feature fiction books of all genres, non-fiction reads, and children's fiction for ages 0 - 12.

With so much to choose from you are sure to find one or two items to spark your interest and keep you inspired. Held inside the Elma Turner Pop-up Library.

Saturday 4 February, 10am - 4pm
Sunday 5 February, 1 - 4pm

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Shared Reading for Wellbeing (Tuesday 7th February 2023)

Sit back, relax and enjoy being read to by our librarians. These shared reading sessions are a fun way to meet others and unwind by listening to a story or poem. Morning tea and company provided.

Held every Tuesday at 11.30am.
Please note this will alternate weekly between Nikau House and Elma Turner Library.

We will start on February 7 in Elma Turner Library.

For bookings, please contact library@ncc.govt.nz or phone (03) 546 8100

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Adam Chamber Festival Sampler Evening (Thursday 9th February 2023)

Planning for the 2024 Adam Chamber Music Festival is well underway.

To celebrate the announcement of our international guests, we are holding a ‘Festival Sampler Evening’ on Thursday 9th February 2023 featuring the New Zealand String Quartet.

After some challenging years, we’re thrilled to be presenting a very special programme in 2024, and without giving anything away, we’re confident we’ll get some enthusiastic reactions! Remember too, that this is just a sampler – the full programme will be announced on 1st September 2023.

Held in Nelson’s picturesque Boathouse, the evening will start with a glass of bubbly and nibbles that will be followed by an intimate concert in the true chamber music tradition.

Tickets are $70 (plus service fee). Book online, or at the NCMA box office 10am – 4pm weekdays.

We do hope you will join us for this delightful soirée, and be amongst the first to hear about our 2024 programme.

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Better Home & Living Show (Friday 10th-Sunday 12th February 2023)

We are excited to introduce the Nelson Better Home & Living Show coming to Nelson for the first time in 2023!

The Better Home & Living Show will inform and inspire anyone wanting to improve their lifestyle in a sustainable way by showcasing tomorrow’s ideas, today. Featuring the latest trends and innovations for indoors and out and massive show-only specials.

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Mark Lockett 'Swings and Roundabouts' Album Launch (Friday 10th February 2023)

Mark Lockett ‘Swings and Roundabouts’ NZ Album release tour 2-17 Feb 2023

Powerhouse drummer or tasteful timekeeper, you decide. Top New Zealand drummer Mark Lockett is set to release his seventh album, ‘Swings and Roundabouts’. Recorded recently in New York, a chordless quartet also featuring top NY heavyweights David Binney, Duane Eubanks and Matt Penman. Masterful improvisations in a cutting-edge setting.

During lockdown Lockett penned nine original compositions inspired by his love of the past, jazz giant Ornette Coleman and drawing on the modern sound of his contemporaries.

Album will be released on 01 Feb 2023 and to celebrate Mark is embarking on a nine-concert nationwide tour. Lockett has assembled a smok’n quartet for this outing which features saxophonist Roger Manins, trumpeter James Guilford, bassist Daniel Yeabsley and Lion-heart Lockett on drums.

So, “Lockett in” for any of these shows, they promise it will be a night to remember!

Tickets are available at the door or for pre-sales please contact Fairfield House phone 03 548 3640

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Bossa Via - Jazz on the Village Green 2023 (Sunday 12th February 2023)

Relax on the Village Green at Founders Heritage Park and enjoy the summer sounds of Nelson Jazz Club bands.

Bossa Via is the way of bossa nova — spend your Sunday afternoon with the sunshine sounds of classic and contemporary acoustic bossa nova. We’ll be playing a mix of timeless classics by the great Antonio Carlos Jobim, original tunes from composers of our region, and a selection of re-imagined pop songs that we have given the (tasteful) “bossa treatment”.

Bossa Via’s sound is sophisticated, laid-back, acoustic vibes, and perfect for a summer’s afternoon. Featuring some familiar faces of Nelson’s jazz scene. Our players are: Tessa Quayle – vocals, Dan Callahan – guitar, Annabel Boyes – saxophone, Greg Mills – percussion.

Why not bring a picnic and enjoy an afternoon with your friends and family.

Bands play from 12.30pm to 2.30pm most Sunday afternoons from January to March.

Jan 15, 22
Feb 12, 19
Mar 12

Entry cost $2 on the door

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Senior Summer Activities - Tai Chi (Monday 13th February 2023)

Join us to have a go at tai chi, a wonderful, calm and restorative exercise, with expert tutors. Organised by Age Concern Nelson Tasman with support from TDC & NCC. It provides an opportunity for older people to try new activities in the region's parks and reserves. No registration is required.

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5 plus 2 - Works in Glass (Monday 13th February-Saturday 11th March 2023)

5 : A travelling exhibition by 5 women working with glass. Kate Cornwall, Carmen Simmonds, Evelyn Dunstan, Rosalind Rose, Karin Barr bring their diverse and contemporary treatment to this traditional medium.

The exhibition highlights 5 pieces from each artist - each woman bringing their individual style to their glass work – highlighting the incredible versatility of glass as a medium.

2 : Two local women, glass practitioners, have been invited to join the Whakatū iteration of this fabulous show. Roz Spiers and Emily Lake bring their unique style to complement the travelling work. The show refreshing each iteration of the exhibition with local input.

Join us for an opening celebration and artist talk 5.30pm - 7pm Monday February 13th.

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Tied - An interactive, collaborative installation created by 3rd Element Collective (Monday 13th February-Saturday 11th March 2023)

Artists Stef Naldi and Linda Dimitrievska, began looking for similarities, rather than differences, in their individual practices.

"A desire to find shared ideas morphed into a quest to try and tie our community back together through creative endeavours. At a time when people seem to become more and more distant, where relationships are falling apart over diverging opinions and beliefs, this work aims to connect us, in person and in making.

After numerous workshops across the region, the work on display carries imprints of our conversations, and the fingerprints of its many makers. Through traditional craft techniques a diverse and eclectic group of people have been knitted, and knitting, together.

The connections we have made have spanned many countries and stretched back through the fabric of time, linking us with our pasts, as well as anchoring us in the present.

This work will continue to grow and connect us, and we invite anyone who is so inclined to pick up either knitting needles or crochet hook, and add their stitches to ours.

A warm invitation to a Closing Celebration
Friday March 10th 5.30pm - 7pm

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New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty Nelson Opera in the Park (Saturday 18th February 2023)

New Zealand International Reality Nelson Opera in the Park lights up the stage with a programme designed to attract a broad audience of all ages and tastes, not just music buffs.

High-profile contemporary performers Stan Walker and Annie Crummer are joined by accomplished opera singers Madeleine Pierard (soprano) and Oliver Sewell (tenor), all accompanied by the rich sound of Christchurch Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor David Kay.
Pre-show community entertainment starts on the NBS Community Stage at 5.30pm.

Bring a picnic and enjoy a wonderful night of music in the open air for the whole family.

Tickets on sale now – what a great Christmas gift!

Pay It Forward
When purchasing your tickets you have an opportunity to support someone in the community. All money raised will go toward buying tickets for people who otherwise would not be able to attend.

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Baby & Kids Sale (Saturday 18th February 2023)

Grab a bargain at our popular Baby & Kids Sale - new and second hand pregnancy, baby and kids items including clothing, books, toys and more.

✨ $2 entry
✨ cash only
✨ spot prizes & raffles

Want to sell your items? Book a table by emailing: cbeantenatal@ndpc.org.nz

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Esther Swift (Sunday 19th February 2023)

Esther Swift explores ritual, connection, isolation, and the natural world in her performance with pedal harp and voice.

A prolific, boldly innovative Scottish harpist, composer and singer, Esther works across genres as diverse as classical chamber music and free improvisation and writes for ensembles large and small.

Having studied at Edinburgh’s St Mary’s Music School and the Royal Northern College of Music, as well as with harp pioneer Catriona McKay, she has received numerous prestigious commissions and featured in many international collaborations.

Esther has traveled to Vietnam, New Zealand, Malaysia, Mongolia, and beyond with her music, and shared international, music lead collaborations with musicians and other artists around the world.

She has recently been commissioned by Celtic Connections, Chamber Music Scotland, Manchester Jazz Festival and The Edwin Morgan trust and performed internationally with her band Emergence Ensemble.

Esther performed on her debut N.Z. Tour in Feb 2018 to a sell out Fairfield concert in the middle of a wild storm. Esther, a prolific songwriter, with a deep love of Scotland, specifically the Scottish Borders, where she grew up, lets nature continually inspire and influence her music.

estherswift.co.uk

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Brazilian Social Club NZ - Jazz on the Village Green 2023 (Sunday 19th February 2023)

Relax on the Village Green at Founders Heritage Park and enjoy the summer sounds of Nelson Jazz Club bands.

Brazilian Social Club NZ are:
- Marcio Molinari
- Wendy Phua
- Annabel Boyes
- Yukari Sasaki

Steeped in musical traditions from Europe, Africa and Indians, the music of Brazil is an endlessly evolving mixture of fascinating rhythms and sounds. Brazilian Social Club aims to share this beautiful and intoxicating musical culture to the rest of the world with its blend of musicianship, creativity and tradition.

Performing hot Brazilian hits spanning Samba, Xote, Partido Alto, Forro and more, the band's captivating high-energy performances never fail to get audiences on their feet and spinning across the dance floor.

Why not bring a picnic and enjoy an afternoon with your friends and family.

Bands play from 12.30pm to 2.30pm most Sunday afternoons from January to March.

Jan 15, 22
Feb 12, 19
Mar 12

Entry cost $2 on the door

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Adam Summer School Finale Concerts (Sunday 19th February 2023)

Two extraordinary Finale Concerts showcasing Aotearoa’s rising young stars of string and piano performance.

The Adam Summer School returns to Nelson in February, showcasing Aotearoa’s rising young stars of string and piano performance.
Prepare to be enchanted as students perform masterworks of the great composers in two extraordinary Finale Concerts (3:00pm and 7:00pm), with works by Brahms, Beethoven, Janáček, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, and more.

The Adam Summer School offers world-class coaching by the inimitable New Zealand String Quartet and this year, guest pianist Rae de Lisle, and has seen more than 370 students attend the school in its 29-year history.

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Adam Summer School Finale Concerts (Sunday 19th February 2023)

The Adam Summer School returns to Nelson in February, showcasing Aotearoa’s rising young stars of string and piano performance.

Prepare to be enchanted as students perform masterworks of the great composers in two extraordinary Finale Concerts (3:00pm and 7:00pm), with works by Brahms, Beethoven, Janáček, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, and more.

The Adam Summer School offers world-class coaching by the inimitable New Zealand String Quartet and this year, guest pianist Rae de Lisle, and has seen more than 370 students attend the school in its 29-year history.

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Lunchtime concert: Raffaele Bandoli & Bary Korcheski (Thursday 23rd February 2023)

Raffaele Bandoli on trumpet and Barry Korcheski on piano will take you to the jazz clubs of New York then all the way to Broadway and Hollywood!

The repertoire of this concert will range from jazz standards to musical numbers and famous Hollywood soundtracks.

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.

Please contact Nelson Centre of Musical Arts if you require wheelchair seating on 03 548 9477 or music@ncma.nz.

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