Events in Nelson

Leading the Charge Electric Vehicle Road Trip (Wednesday 26th April 2017)

Now is your chance to see electric vehicles up close, talk to their owners and knowledgeable enthusiasts, and maybe even take a test drive.

The Leading the Charge team is travelling the length of NZ and will be in Nelson on 26 April.

Talk to the owners of Teslas, Nissan Leafs, Renault Zoe and others, and find out about the future of motoring in NZ, and about the financial and environmental benefits of driving electric.

EVs are quieter, faster, cheaper to run, smoother to drive and far far better for the environment. The future is electric so come and find out how you can be part of it.


Dave Dobbyn - A Slice Of Heaven: 40 Years Of Hits (Wednesday 26th April 2017)

Dobbyn’s extraordinary musical career began with high school band Th’ Dudes. His first try at writing a song was a ‘disaster’ and never saw the light of day, but he took the next attempt to the band. That song - ‘Be Mine Tonight’ - went on to be Th’ Dudes first release and winner of Single of the Year at the National Music Awards in 1979.

Four decades on, Dave Dobbyn’s music has become part of the nation’s soundtrack. He has an astonishing 10 songwriting credits on APRA’s Top 100 New Zealand Songs of All Time,
featuring songs released by Th’ Dudes, DD Smash and as a solo artist. He’s won Best Male Vocalist a record six times and the most awards of any New Zealand musician - three Silver Scroll awards and 29 New Zealand Music Awards across his career. The music hasn’t stopped coming - he released a 10th studio album as a solo artist, Harmony House, just last year.

“Playing provincial New Zealand gigs is my favourite thing,” Dobbyn said. “I love it so much, it’s pure pleasure. Just being aware of the community and community life - everyone’s celebrating, there’s an energy flow that’s healthily contagious.”


Nelson Fringe Festival (Saturday 29th April-Sunday 7th May 2017)

Hold on to the seat of your pants because the Nelson Fringe Festival is back!

It's a longer than a week-long festival of theatre goodness with workshops during the day and performances by night.

So grab a highlighter and your calendar and colour in the last couple of days of April the entire first week of May, because you're going to be at the Refinery ArtSpace in Halifax St watching some seriously awesome Fringe shows, and at Nelson Musical Theatre taking part in some fabulous Fringe workshops.

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Nelson Fringe Festival is on these dates: 29th April 2017 30th April 2017 1st May 2017 2nd May 2017 3rd May 2017 4th May 2017 5th May 2017 6th May 2017 7th May 2017

New Zealand Music Month Library concerts (Tuesday 2nd-Saturday 27th May 2017)

Nelson has a wide range of incredible music talent in its community. Nelson Public Libraries will showcase this in a series of 8 concerts throughout NZ Month

New Zealand Music Month Library concerts is on these dates: 2nd May 2017 7th May 2017 9th May 2017 12th May 2017 17th May 2017 20th May 2017 25th May 2017 27th May 2017

Moscow Ballet “La Classique” – Swan Lake (Tuesday 2nd-Wednesday 3rd May 2017)

Following their 2015 sell-out performances of Sleeping Beauty…. Moscow Ballet “La Classique” makes a triumphant return to Australasia presenting their spectacular performance of Swan Lake, a spellbinding classical romance.

‘The greatest success of Russian theatre is undoubtedly classical ballet’

The most splendid ballet of all time is brought to life by Petipa & Tchaikovsky’s spectacular score masterpiece.

From the moon-lit lake where elegant swans silently glide to the magnificent opulence of the palace ballroom, Odile, the temptress in a cloud of black tulle provides a ravishing counterpoint to the purity and innocence of Odette the beautiful swan queen. A fairy tale story conveying all the drama of a tragic romance.

Moscow ballet “La Classique” was established in 1990 by its current Director Elik Melikov In this 2 Acts performance of Swan Lake the illustrious Moscow Ballet “La Classique” with their ballet skills, lavish costumes and magnificent stage sets will capture the imagination, the passion and the romance of this classical ballet fairytale.

Moscow Ballet “La Classique” – Swan Lake is on these dates: 2nd May 2017 3rd May 2017

Jacquie Walters as part of New Zealand Music Month 2017 (Tuesday 2nd May 2017)

Jacquie is a singer-songwriter who has performed in the UK, France, Germany and Australia and has toured NZ
Jacquie's concerts comprise of mostly original material, although she does sing some traditional Scottish songs. Her own songs are about love, family and issues that touch her heart such as the environment and social justice. Her music is gentle and ultimately aims to touch people's hearts. She has performed with Ariana Tikao in "Pounamu" and more recently with well-known guitarist and bass player James Wilkinson.
This year she has performed as part of the Nelson City Highland Band's concert at Fairfield House, at the Evolve Festival and at the Nelson Acoustic Routes club.


Isel Night Market (Thursday 4th May-Thursday 26th October 2017)

Isel Twilight market has been so successful this summer that its continuing into Nelson's cooler months as a vibrant hot food market. Don't hibernate on a Thursday evening, come down to Isel Park and check out the delicious street food, amazing lighting displays and lively market atmosphere. Enjoy a mid-week night out and sample delicious cuisines from around the world! Something for the whole family.

Isel Night Market is on these dates: 4th May 2017 11th May 2017 18th May 2017 25th May 2017 1st June 2017 8th June 2017 15th June 2017 22nd June 2017 29th June 2017 6th July 2017 13th July 2017 20th July 2017 27th July 2017 3rd August 2017 10th August 2017 17th August 2017 24th August 2017 31st August 2017 7th September 2017 14th September 2017 21st September 2017 28th September 2017 5th October 2017 12th October 2017 19th October 2017 26th October 2017

Zorn as part of New Zealand Music Month 2017 (Tuesday 9th May 2017)

Martin Brown - Vocals, Simon Harbinson - Drums, Axel Zorn - Bass/Songwriting/Synth/Electric Guitar, Sang Pi Ban - Guitar
In 2016, multicultural pop and prog rock band ZORN made its appearance on the Nelson region scene. The members of the band hail from England, Ireland, Burma and France. Zorn draws on influences from British pop, prog rock and poetry with short energetic pieces to dance to and more complex ones to reflect upon.


Ed Byrne - Outside Looking In (Tuesday 9th May 2017)

Irish comedian, Ed Byrne, celebrates his 20 year love affair with NZ audiences with his 7th tour down under, headlining the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival.

Back in 1996, when he first toured to New Zealand, stand-up comedy was the new rock 'n roll and Ed lived hard and fast like a would-be rock star. Twenty years on times have changed. Ed is not only a family man, he has also now embraced the great outdoors and can often be found scaling mountain peaks around the world.

But one thing that hasn't changed is that Ed has always felt like an outsider looking at a world within. This perspective has made him one of the keenest and most in demand observational comedians in the UK and a frequent guest on notable TV and radio shows such as Mock the Week, Live at The Apollo, The Graham Norton Show and Have I Got News For You?.

He will be reunited with local producer, Scott Blanks, who was instrumental in getting Ed to New Zealand 20 years ago, joining him in the celebrations of the 20th year at The Classic, New Zealand's own class home of comedy.


Take Me Home - The Music & Life of John Denver (Wednesday 10th-Thursday 11th May 2017)

Take Me Home - The Music & Life of John Denver returns to New Zealand following the astounding success of the 2016 tour of Australia. Singer Bevan Gardiner, accompanied by international musicians perform all the John Denver songs with such accuracy and feeling that if you close your eyes you will be effortlessly transported to the era of John Denver. The show includes exclusive film footage of John Denver through his career, his personal life and his love for the environment.

Take Me Home is authorised and by arrangement with John Denver management.

Australian audiences experienced this show in 2016 and witnessed the rising talent Bevan Gardiner. Originally Gardiner debuted in Australia when he was the support act for American country singer Charley Pride. People rushed to buy his CD commenting how much he sounded like John Denver. Even Pride was impressed: "Bevan is amazing. He sounds just like John Denver", the country singer said at the time.

Two shows only - not to be missed!

Take Me Home - The Music & Life of John Denver is on these dates: 10th May 2017 11th May 2017

Duo Jackson as part of New Zealand Music Month 2017 (Friday 12th May 2017)

Welcome back to Miles and Margarita Jackson, guitar and violin duo, performing classical, Jazz, Latin, gypsy, world music and original compositions. Margarita and Miles have performed in many countries including performances for the NZ Embassy in Madrid and Singapore, made programmes for Radio and Television and have recorded several albums.


Kelvin Cruickshank - Soul Food (Sunday 14th May 2017)

By popular demand NZ Medium Kelvin Cruickshank returns to Nelson with SOUL FOOD

Passing on messages from people who have died and are in spirit is what Kelvin was put on earth to do. However, since the incredible success of Sensing Murder there's been such a great demand from people on this side wanting private readings that it is just not physically possible for him to do them anymore. The best way for Kelvin to be able to put people in touch with the loved ones they've lost - and also help them to understand how the afterlife works - is through his live shows, Soul Food.

When you come to his Soul Food shows, please come with an open heart and an open mind. Kelvin tries to read for as many people as possible but what happens on the night is up to spirit, not Kelvin. If there is a lot of expectation from the audience it can create a barrier. So relax, chill out and enjoy the show, and you never know - it could be your loved ones who show up. And even if they don't, hopefully the evening will open your eyes to the fact those we've lost are now in the white light, and their spirit lives on.


And This is My Picture (Monday 15th-Sunday 21st May 2017)

'And This is My Picture' is a fun Arts Council project to exhibit children’s wonderful art & run a competition to select several pictures to be reproduced in LARGE format for temporary display in street sited frames in Nelson.
All children 11 years and younger are welcome to freely enter pictures by 5th May to get involved.
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And This is My Picture is on these dates: 15th May 2017 16th May 2017 17th May 2017 18th May 2017 19th May 2017 20th May 2017 21st May 2017

Dr Hook starring Dennis Locorriere (Thursday 18th May 2017)

Dr Hook are back by popular demand following their hugely successful Timeless World Tour dates in 2015 where nine of the ten shows were sold out,
Dr Hook are still led by original lead vocalist, the legendary Dennis Locorierre, whose unique voice on such memorable No. 1 hits ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ and ‘Sexy Eyes, made the band world famous. Those two songs are just the tip of the iceberg of what fans can expect in a 2 1/2 hour concert which features all of their 10+ Top 20 hits, such as ‘Cover of Rolling Stone’, ‘Only Sixteen’, ‘The Millionaire’, ‘Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk’, ‘When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman’, ‘A Little Bit More’, ‘Sharing the Night Together’, ‘Walk Right In’ and The Ballad of Lucy Jordan.
Dennis Locorriere says it best “I know that people love the Dr Hook sound on those original recordings and that's what we're bringing back to them, just the way they remember it and want to hear it performed live”.


Anna Heinz & Peter Gale as part of New Zealand Music Month 2017 (Saturday 20th May 2017)

Pete, who once described himself as “a rocker who lost his way”, is a fine folk/acoustic musician who has a good hand on the guitar and a lovely relaxed voice.

Anna is part of the furniture at Acoustic Routes Nelson Music Club. She has played acoustic and folk music most of her life and has performed solo and as a member of the groups Msconceptions and Cairde over many years too. Anna is a clever finger style guitarist who has a clear singing voice. She is a great harmony singer.

When these two folkies get together they perform a range of material sourced from performers like ‘Show of Hands’, Mick Hanly, Mike Silver and others. The music is melodic and rhythmic and the harmonies are rich and well blended. They use two guitars or Bass and Guitar with combinations of rhythm and picking threaded together in a way which adds to the overall richness of sound.


Frenchy Unleashed (Saturday 20th May 2017)

Frontier Comedy are thrilled to announce that multi-talented comedian, writer & internet sensation Frenchy is returning to New Zealand this May with his brand new stand-up show Frenchy Unleashed.

With his charming, self-deprecating humour Frenchy has achieved critical acclaim and sold out seasons across Australia and the UK. In 2017, Frenchy's back with a brand-new hour of inappropriate banter, Gumby-like moves and observational humour. Find out what his 2 million social media followers love about him - and prepare to be offended!

Don't miss your chance to see Frenchy unleashed upon New Zealand this May!


Book Night (Tuesday 23rd May 2017)

A 'read-in' as part of this year's Book Discussion Scheme's Book Night. Bring along your favourite book, the book you are currently reading, or select one of ours - and read with us. We will have computers available for you to register your participation on the night.