Events in Nelson

Nelson Civic Choir present Handel's Messiah (Friday 25th-Saturday 26th May 2018)

Nelson Civic Choir is back in the Nelson School of Music Auditorium in May to perform Handel's Messiah, the first major concert in the newly refurbished Nelson Centre of Musical Arts!

Be quick to secure your seat for Handel’s Messiah, the first major concert in the new Nelson Centre of Musical Arts!
This well-loved oratorio, first performed in Dublin in 1742, has remained popular throughout the world. The Hallelujah Chorus is traditionally performed throughout the Christian world as part of the Easter celebration. According to legend, when King George II first heard the Hallelujah chorus during a performance of Handel’s Messiah in London, he stood in reverence, which brought the rest of the audience to their feet.
There will be two performances of Messiah, May 25th at 7.30 pm and May 26th at 2.00 pm, presented by 150 singers and musicians from the Top of the South, with distinguished vocal soloists and instrumentalists from around New Zealand, Pete Rainey conductor.
Seating in the new Nelson School of Music Auditorium is strictly limited, so book early to secure a good seat to enjoy this wonderful concert!
Tickets through TicketDirect or NCMA, 48 Nile St, Nelson, from April 21.

Nelson Civic Choir present Handel's Messiah is on these dates: 25th May 2018 26th May 2018

Monty Bevins (Friday 25th May 2018)

Much loved kiwi troubadour Monty Bevins is touring to celebrate the release of his new single Lovers Again. He'll be joined in Nelson by eccentric-folk musician Fraser Ross for this show at the beautiful Fairfield House.

Known as a touching, spirited performer, whose soul-folk songs ask the big questions while telling the small stories, Bevins has built a loyal following throughout his homeland. With a warm rich voice and articulate guitar grooves, he digs out and distills themes of tenderness, personal revolution and adventure. Perpetually touring, at a pace that allows encounter, Monty draws inspiration from the stories of the people he meets...
Lovers Again was a song I wrote about on an older couple I met in Arthurs Pass whose three girls have all since moved out into the world, leaving Mum and Dad at home in a big house in Woodstock (Canterbury). That's where I went round to visit them on the day they were getting set to move out, south to a smaller place, struggling to turn the page as they pointed to the spot on the floor their eldest daughter had taken her first steps, and the height markings etched into the door frame...
Monty effortlessly intertwines elements of folk, roots & soul.


Dancing For A Cause - Nelson Hospice (Saturday 26th May 2018)

Book your spot at this glamorous evening of entertainment, with eight local personalities being partnered with a trained ballroom dancer and being taught a ballroom-style dance by our professional ballroom-dance teacher, Emma Silke-French over a period of 8 weeks prior to the event.They will then perform with their partner in front of a paying audience and a panel of judges in the Trafalgar Centre, in order to win the coveted title of Nelson’s first DANCING FOR A CAUSE winner!
This is a major fundraising event for Nelson Hospice run by the Inspiring Youth Theatre Charitable Trust. This concept has been used throughout the world as a successful fundraiser. In New Zealand, we know of several organisations who have held such events, raising funds between $40,000-$150,000


Dancing for a Cause (Saturday 26th May 2018)

A glamourous evening of entertainment, with 8 local personalities being partnered with a trained ballroom dancer and performing a ballroom dance in front of a panel of judges at the Trafalgar Centre, in order to win the coveted title of Nelson’s first DANCING FOR A CAUSE winner!

Raising funds for Nelson Hospice is the aim with fully catered corporate tables and a range of seating options to suit every budget, making this a night of glamour, fun and dancing, all for a great cause!

Our seven local celebrity dancers for the event are: Rachel Reese (Mayor of Nelson), Pic Picot (Businessman-Pic’s Peanut Butter), Rachel Boyack (Community leader and recent Labour Candidate for Nelson), Ros Pochin (Breast Surgeon Nelson), Paul Hampton (Victory Boxing), Matt Bouterey (Restauranteur), Matt Lawrey (Nelson City Councillor and recent Green party candidate for Nelson).


Richard Gilewitz (Sunday 27th May 2018)

Richard Gilewitz, American fingerstyle guitarist and entertainer, charms the audience with mixtures of tunes sprinkled with stories about the composers who have influenced acoustic guitar music, while adding his own quirky insights into life in general. Pulling from over four decades of playing, he continually speaks through his 6 and 12-string guitars as a master of moods who is always at the service of his inner voice. His performances are laced with sounds from traditional to blues, Americana to European Classical, and folk to pop with thought-provoking journeys into the mind of a traveling raconteur.


Bryce Wastney as part of the Live Music Series and NZ Music Month (Sunday 27th May 2018)

Bryce is an accomplished guitarist and a well-travelled singer/songwriter who has performed nationally and internationally with some of the best singers in Australasia.
Bryce’s music traverses folk, country, gospel, rock and pop – always soulful whatever the genre. It’s the ideal soundtrack for the traveller and free spirit in us all.


CMNZ presents: Alex Ross with Bianca Andrew & STROMA (Sunday 27th May 2018)

THE REST IS NOISE A revelatory exploration into the history of 20th and 21st Century chamber music.

Author Alex Ross hit the golden note, and best-seller lists, with his compelling and revelatory history of twentieth-century music, The Rest Is Noise.

A tour-de-force of musicology and social history, Ross dispels the elitist myths surrounding modernist and post-modernist masterpieces, allowing audiences to share in his passion for this repertoire.

In partnership with the Auckland Writers Festival, Ross shares the stage with the exquisite mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew and Aotearoa’s pre-eminent modern music ensemble STROMA. Together they present a musical tasting session that winds through the ages featuring work by Ravel, Bartók, Stravinsky and, of course, the modernist master himself, Schoenberg.


Heath Franklin's Chopper - Bogan Jesus (Tuesday 29th May 2018)

Australia's most wanted comedian is back and he's bigger than Jesus! Star of 7 Days, and Chopper's Republic of Anzakistan, Heath Franklin's Chopper brings his new show Bogan Jesus to New Zealand in May 2018.

The world has had religion ever since God was in nappies, and what have we got to show for it: wars, terrorist attacks and Christian rock. It's time religion took a hard look at itself, so Chopper is starting his own one, in his own image and giving hell to the almighty.

There is a new 'mo-ssiah' for a new age and he's holier than Oscar Pistorius' bathroom door.

Thou shalt harden up and become a Chopostle! So gather round and be healed by Bogan Jesus!


Heath Franklin’s Chopper – Bogan Jesus (Tuesday 29th May 2018)

In the beginning, God created the moustache…and it was good. Then he took the next 6 days off, because when you’ve nailed it, treat yourself to a lie-down.

The world has had religion ever since God was in nappies, and what have we got to show for it: wars, terrorist attacks and Christian rock. It’s time religion took a hard look at itself, so Chopper is starting his own one, in his own image and giving hell to the almighty.

Are you sick, lonely or poor? Well, there are plenty of other churches for you. Chopper is looking for rich idiots to tithe the crap out of; but really, any sinner will do.

There is a new ‘mo-ssiah’ for a new age and he’s holier than Oscar Pistorius’ bathroom door. Thou shalt harden up and become a Chopostle! So gather round and be healed by Bogan Jesus!


Ceol Aneas Irish Festival 2018 (Friday 1st-Monday 4th June 2018)

New Zealand's premiere Irish music event, Ceol Aneas (ke-ol an-ass) is a holiday long weekend of ceol agus craic (music & laughter) attracting musicians and those who love Irish music, from all around New Zealand and overseas.

This year's headline festival guests are Brid Harper and Dermot Byrne, brought to Nelson by Ceol Aneas and Culture Ireland. Maggie Carty, Beth McCracken, Jody Moran, Rob Zielinski, Kate Burke and Mairtin Staunton complete the lineup.

The Festival Concert 7pm Sunday at Nelson Centre for Musical Arts (formerly NSOM) features our world class guests with mighty music and merriment.

The family friendly Ceili Dance with called dances and live musicians 6pm Saturday at NCMA, is fun for all ages.

A singing session, focusing on Irish song is on at Yaza Cafe Saturday from 3.30 - 5.30 pm. Free and all welcome.

The sound of traditional Irish music will be heard from 8 pm till late at The Free House, The Wakatu Hotel and East Street. The sessions provide a lively atmosphere continuing on into the small hours. Free to enter.

Ceol Aneas is Irish Gaelic for Music of the South.

" It's a great weekend as there’s no way you can separate the music from the ‘craic’ (fun)"

Ceol Aneas Irish Festival 2018 is on these dates: 1st June 2018 2nd June 2018 3rd June 2018 4th June 2018

Ceili Dance: Ceol Aneas Irish Music Festival 2018 (Saturday 2nd June 2018)

A Ceili (traditional Irish dance) is from the Irish (and Scots) Gaelic word for a gathering or a dance.

As part of the Ceol Aneas Irish Festival weekend, a Ceili Dance will be held on Saturday evening. Live traditional Irish music is provided by a variety of musicians and creates a lively atmosphere.

While it is helpful to have some experience in ceili dancing, you don’t need to know what to do before you get there.  The dances are called, which means they will be taught on the night so you will be able to learn as you go and is part of the fun. This is dancing at its best - a fun filled community activity and great exercise too.

Come on your own (you don't need a partner to join in) or bring your friends, family and children for a rousing good time.

Tickets at the door on the night.

Everyone is welcome.


Founders Book Fair (Saturday 2nd-Sunday 10th June 2018)

The annual Founders Book Fair begins Queens Birthday weekend on Saturday 2 June 2018

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.

Founders Book Fair is on these dates: 2nd June 2018 3rd June 2018 4th June 2018 5th June 2018 6th June 2018 7th June 2018 8th June 2018 9th June 2018 10th June 2018

Nelson Institute talk: Nigel Costley presents "Blackguards and Blisters All" (Sunday 3rd June 2018)

Already well established as Nelson’s leading bee bore, Mr Costley has seen fit to apply his baleful utterances to the subject of Charles Dickens. This obscure Victorian writer of low-brow soap operas has been consigned to oblivion by more advanced wits on account of his appalling racism, sexism, misogyny, and wanton cruelty to small furry marsupials. However, there is still a small and declining band of irredeemable retrogrades – doubtless far gone in their dotage – who go for this kind of thing. This presentation is directed as these benighted souls. It is not for the ‘moderns’. You’ve been warned.

Nigel Costley explores the world of Charles Dickens' novels, and lays bare a selection of the most villanous characters from Victorian literature.
An entertaining look at a tasteful selection of Mr Charles Dickens' most delectable villains, revealing their glories, their grotesque charms, and their demises, unsavoury but highly educational.


Ceol Aneas Irish Festival Showcase Concert 2018 (Sunday 3rd June 2018)

The concert is the highlight of the Ceol Aneas Irish Music Festival. Headlined by Bríd Harper and Dermot Byrne, direct from Donegal, Ireland, this is a rare chance to experience Irish traditional Music at its very best.

Bríd is hailed as one of the leading exponents of Irish traditional fiddle playing today. She is an enormously respected musician and has won numerous prestigious fiddle awards.

Dermot is revered for his virtuosity on the accordion. His seemingly effortless playing, combined with great subtlety, and a faultless ear, makes him one of the great accordion players of his generation.

Joining them onstage are, from Ireland, Maggie Carty known for her unique voice and banjo accompaniment and Máirtín Staunton on flute. Australians Beth McCracken, flute, Jody Moran, whistle, Rob Zielinski, fiddle and Kate Burke, an exquisite singer and a powerful and imaginative guitarist, complete the lineup.

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


Queen's Birthday Market (Sunday 3rd June 2018)

Hot on the heals of the Royal wedding we are celebrating Queen's Birthday weekend at Isel park. So bring the corgis, put on your best English accent and dust off your crown. Come and enjoy all that Isel Market has to offer this Queen's Birthday weekend with your family and friends. The Garden Window cafe will be serving up your favourite caffeine fix on the day. Something for everyone!


Rock the South (Friday 8th June 2018)

Rock the South returns to Nelson, with an all ages music gig featuring 9 of the regions hottest up and coming youth bands performing exclusively live on stage.

This years lineup includes:
Three's a Crowd (Nayland College), Blind Eye (Waimea College), Equinox (Nelson College for Girls), Ellie & Laura (Waimea College), Acoustic Knot (Waimea College), The Recliners (Nelson Boys College / Nayland College), Cosmos Vita (Nelson College for Girls), 1024 (Nelson Boys College), Shut Up Connor (Waimea College)

This event is strictly alcohol and other drug free, and suitable for 14-24 year olds. Security and Health and Safety Event Workers will be on hand to ensure a happy and healthy event for all.

Door sales ($10) may be available on the night, but with a lineup this epic, highly unlikely, so get in early to avoid the disappointment of missing out.


Saturday Stories (Saturday 9th June-Saturday 25th August 2018)

Winter is coming. Stay warm in the Library.

We are excited to add to our Story Time programme with a Saturday session. From June 9 we will have seven sessions each week during term time, across our branches. Visit our website for details of other Story Time and Small Time sessions.

Saturday Stories will be fun for the whole family. Pop down to the library, borrow some books, hear some stories and play with our board games and other toys.

Saturday Stories is on these dates: 9th June 2018 16th June 2018 23rd June 2018 30th June 2018 7th July 2018 14th July 2018 21st July 2018 28th July 2018 4th August 2018 11th August 2018 18th August 2018 25th August 2018

The Naked Truth (Wednesday 13th-Saturday 16th June 2018)

Tailor-made for women, The Naked Truth is the next unmissable Comedy Play from Dave Simpson, the writer of the hit comedy Girls Night Out. It is a brilliant funny play about sisterhood.

Five very different women sign up for Gabby’s pole dancing class (the latest get-fit craze) at the local village hall. None of them having any idea what lies ahead and each of them having their own reasons for taking up pole dancing whether it be to restore confidence in their body, get a guy, keep a guy, lose weight or embark upon a potential new career

As their stories unfold and unravel, they share laughter and tears. However, when one of the women receives some devastating news, the others soon pull together and decide to turn their new skill into a fund-raising event. For all its frothy frivolity, this all-female play genuinely has heart and soul. It’s a play for women, about women, that men must absolutely see. If they dare!

The Naked Truth is on these dates: 13th June 2018 14th June 2018 15th June 2018 16th June 2018

Erin Cole-Baker with Nathan Torvick (Friday 15th June 2018)

“I was moved to tears by Erin Cole-Baker’s songwriting and her live delivery, which seemed to come from a place of great honesty and beauty. There’s a deceptive simplicity to these tunes, an elusive quality to capture as a songwriter, but a quality that Erin possesses in spades and wields with grace and dexterity.” – Liz Stringer

Erin Cole-Baker was born in the USA and raised in rural Northland N.Z. Erin has been drawn to music for as long as she can remember, lured into the world of sound by warm tones, resonance of strings, harmonies and the call of the place that only music can take us.
Erin released Talon & Spur in 2009 and Big Sky in 2011. Now her latest album“Till the feeling’s right” just released. With a solid bunch of new songs and a newly acquired Fender Telecaster guitar, Cole-Baker recorded with a band of friends live to 2 inch tape. This process has inspired her most full and grounded body of work to date.

Early this year Erin was funded by Outward Sound New Zealand to attend the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City. Radio New Zealand has recently featured Erin live on air as a First Song.
Erin will be accompanied by her very talented brother, local musician Nathan Torvick


Art Exhibition (Saturday 16th-Sunday 17th June 2018)

Art Group Nelsons winter ART EXHIBITION at stoke hall. A great variety of art works from our wonderful members. Something for everyone. Come and vote for your favourite piece.

Art Exhibition is on these dates: 16th June 2018 17th June 2018