Events in Nelson

Cawthron SciTec Expo (Tuesday 26th-Thursday 28th September 2017)

FREE PUBLIC DAY Tuesday 26th September 9am to 6pm Trafalgar Centre. Lots of parking at the Centre

This Expo is for students of our regions schools and colleges to showcase their skills in science, technology, art ( in science and technology); craftsmanship with wood, metal, and other materials.There are over 300 entries for you to ponder over!

There is approximately $3000 in prizes up for grabs.

There is a section specifically for posters to present aspects of theoretical and speculative science, such as cosmology, evolutionary biology, genetics etc.

At 4pm to 6pm there will be the inaugural Young Science Communicators session where students present a short talk on their entry. A guest scientist will also speak on a topic relevant to contemporary New Zealand.

Art in science and technology topics are especially welcome this year! We all love art, and scientists are no exception. There are over 40 entries in this section for you to view.

Cawthron SciTec Expo is on these dates: 26th September 2017 27th September 2017 28th September 2017
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Quiz evening (Wednesday 27th September 2017)

Celebrate 175 years of Nelson Public Libraries with a Quiz organised by the Nelson Institute and the Friends of the Nelson Library.

Enter for bragging rights and the glory! Spot prizes on the night.

Register teams of up to 5 people with Nelson Public Libraries.

How about going in costume? You have 175 years of fashion to choose from.

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Founded at Sea (Wednesday 27th September 2017)

Come and celebrate with us 175 years of library services in Nelson by hearing the fascinating story of how the Nelson Institute began with Nelson Provincial Museum's Jessie Bray Sharpin.

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Nelson Public Libraries 175 Years (Wednesday 27th September 2017)

On 27 September, Nelson Public Libraries, and our early partners, the Nelson Institute will celebrate 175 years of operation. No other library in the country can say they have served the community for a longer period of time. All are welcome to join us - we have events, and displays, throughout the day.

10am - Speech from Mayor Rachel Reese, historical vignettes from Nigel Costley and cutting the cake
12.15 - Paul Bond and instrumentalists
1pm - Nigel Costley and more historical vignettes
6pm - Founded at Sea – the fascinating story of how the Nelson Institute began - a talk by Jessie Bray Sharpin from Nelson Provincial Museum
7pm - Quiz evening - organised by the Friends of the Nelson Libraries and the Nelson Institute

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Nelson Institute Talk: Putting Religions in the Spotlight. (Sunday 1st October 2017)

Peter Donovan studied law, philosophy and theology in NZ, and has a Doctorate in the philosophy of religion from Oxford.
It is 140 years since the 1877 Education Act adopted the so-called “Nelson System” for religious instruction in NZ state primary schools. Incorporated with modifications in successive Education Acts, That model has for many reasons become unsuitable in today’s educational and social environment.

Peter Donovan's aim, in consultation with the Human Rights Commission and eventually,he hopes, with the approval of the Ministry of Education, is to facilitate an initiative in the Nelson area to develop and trial a new model. This model will be teacher-led and educationally-secular, and will allow schools to draw on resources from all world faiths, especially those represented in our local communities.

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The Little Mermaid Jr (Sunday 1st-Saturday 7th October 2017)

Disney’s musical tale of the Hans Christian Andersen classic comes to life on the stage. Nelson Youth Theatre Company invites you to journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr!

Nelson’s talented young performers will bring the tale of Disney’s animated film The Little Mermaid to life in a wonderful stage production the whole family will enjoy. In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice.

Adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production, Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr features the hit songs “Part of Your World,” “She’s in Love,” and the Oscar®-winning “Under the Sea.”

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr contains all of the ingredients of a classic Broadway musical – great songs, wonderful production numbers, our plucky heroine, wacky sidekick and of course, the evil villain! Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.

The Little Mermaid Jr is on these dates: 1st October 2017 2nd October 2017 3rd October 2017 4th October 2017 5th October 2017 6th October 2017 7th October 2017
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2017 New Zealand Artistic Gymnastics Championships (Wednesday 4th-Sunday 8th October 2017)

Nelson will play host to the NZ Artistic Gymnastics Championships, at the recently renovated Trafalgar Centre, from 4 - 8 October.

Gymnastics NZ will work alongside Gymnastics Nelson and the wider Top of the South community to deliver the event, where more than 500 young athletes, officials and volunteers and 1,500 spectators are expected to descend on Nelson for the event.

“Gymnastics Nelson is delighted to be hosting the Artistic Gymnastics Championships. To be able to use the Trafalgar Centre for the first time in three years for our provincial championships, just three months prior to the NZ Championships, is wonderful for all gymnasts, coaches and officials.” - Clinton Bloomfield, Gymnastics Nelson Club President.

“The Trafalgar Centre has undergone significant renovations to make the venue more seismic safe as well as to attract a broader range of major events so, for us and for our vibrant city, it is fantastic news that we have secured the NZ Artistic Gymnastics Championships for 2017.” - Brent Maru, General Manager Facilities, Sport Tasman.

2017 New Zealand Artistic Gymnastics Championships is on these dates: 4th October 2017 5th October 2017 6th October 2017 7th October 2017 8th October 2017
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Food Truck Fridays (Friday 6th October 2017)

Food Truck Fridays at Founders Heritage Park are back, the first Friday of the month, starting 1 September. Bring your family and enjoy an evening of tasty food, great beer and good company. Live music and an awesome playground for the kids. Food will be available between 5-8pm.

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Crafters Destash Market (Saturday 7th October 2017)

Crafters Destash market top of the south

Come along and find items for your crafting supplies…
fabrics, ribbons, beads, scrapbooking papers, stamps, wool, quilting, knitting, ceramics, pottery, other crafting supplies at great bargains
or find items no longer for sale in the shops.
Location: Stoke Memorial Hall
Date: Saturday 7th October 9am-12noon
To book a stall Contact: Marloes Aynsley 0278224941 or papercraftswithmarloes@gmail.com

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Tasman Makos v Auckland (Sunday 8th October 2017)

The Tasman Makos play the Auckland Blues in the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup. Come out and support Our Team for what will be an exciting afternoon of Shark Attack rugby at Trafalgar Park. Arrive in time for the 2.35pm kick-off.

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1st Birthday Pop-up market (Sunday 8th October 2017)

Isel market is 1 year old!! Come and join us at Isel Park to help celebrate our first birthday. Plenty of fun for the whole family with all the usual fantastic food and craft stalls, live music, birthday cake and a giant game of pass the parcel all wrapped up in the beautiful Isel Park.

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Manitoba Hal & Paul Jonson (Wednesday 11th October 2017)

Manitoba Hal Brolund has forged an international reputation for engaging performance, storytelling and masterful ukulele playing. His strong foundation in American roots / blues music, confident expressive vocals, and distinctive original music have made him a solid draw at festivals & house concerts in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

He proves that the uke can be small but mighty as he pulls out powerful blues riffs and melodies adding background beats with looping technology showcasing the blues in all it's passion and groove.
Many wouldn’t associate the ukulele as a blues instrument, but Hal takes out all the hula, leaving only room for deep blues to prevail. Hal’s own blues tunes breathe with hints of cajun, rock, gospel, and folk. He is influenced by artists like Robert Johnson, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Colin Linden, and Big Dave Mclean.

Internationally recognized as a master of the ukulele, Hal’s instruments include a custom made double necked ukulele and a steel strung baritone slide ukulele that are both driven to the edge as he bangs, plucks and squeezes every ounce of emotion and groove from the four strings.

Paul Jonson of "Singnuke" will open for Manitoba Hal

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That Bloody Woman (Wednesday 11th-Thursday 12th October 2017)

Time to rock the vote!

Radical, riotous and bursting with wit, this bold musical experience about one of NZ’s greatest heroes is a red-hot hit that pulsates with passion.

Our favourite daughter, suffragist, activist and cyclist Kate Sheppard is transformed from the face on the $10 note into a feminist firebrand, raising hell in this punk rock opera.

"Bursting with wit, verve and righteously rocking tunes” (THE PRESS), 'That Bloody Woman' presents NZ's founding mother as you've never seen her before; loud, proud and in your face. Leading the charge to win women the vote, Kate takes on the patriarchy, public opinion and even Prime Minister Richard 'King Dick' Seddon.

"Kate’s back: a kickass role model for equality and people power. May her message continue to roll out across the country." METRO MAGAZINE

“…a fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled, honest, sassy and poignant celebration of a world first.” THEATRESCENES

Warning: contains loud music, coarse language and feminist women riding bicycles!

By Luke Di Somma & Gregory Cooper
Directed by Kip Chapman

A Christchurch Arts Festival Commission.
Proudly presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

That Bloody Woman is on these dates: 11th October 2017 12th October 2017
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Maggy Johnston - You do the Maths (Thursday 12th-Sunday 22nd October 2017)

NELSON ARTS FESTIVAL - VISUAL ARTS

Maggy Johnston transforms pre-used artefacts, which would normally end up in landfill sites or polluting our environment, into alluring art works using skills such as knitting, crocheting and weaving.

During the Festival she will be on site, knitting teddy bears out of used plastic shopping bags.

If you would like to be involved, cutting ‘yarn’, knitting, sewing or just chatting and watching, come on down.

Maggy Johnston - You do the Maths is on these dates: 12th October 2017 13th October 2017 14th October 2017 15th October 2017 16th October 2017 17th October 2017 18th October 2017 19th October 2017 20th October 2017 21st October 2017 22nd October 2017
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Art in the Park (Thursday 12th-Sunday 22nd October 2017)

NELSON ARTS FESTIVAL - VISUAL ARTS

This project brings five Nelson artists together to create works in their chosen fields.

This year’s theme - We are the World - is shared with the Masked Parade, promoting and celebrating our diverse and multicultural community. You are invited to come and meet the artists and watch the creative process in action.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Ann Braunsteiner
Klaasz Breukel
Geoff Noble
Kitiish Penketh
Lee Woodman

If you are interested in buying any of the works, they will be available to purchase via a silent auction that will run during the Festival.

Art in the Park is on these dates: 12th October 2017 13th October 2017 14th October 2017 15th October 2017 16th October 2017 17th October 2017 18th October 2017 19th October 2017 20th October 2017 21st October 2017 22nd October 2017
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Humankindness (Thursday 12th October 2017)

Pic's Granary Gigs: Home to an exciting line-up of local and visiting musicians playing FREE, courtesy of the Nelson Arts Festival and Pic’s Peanut Butter.

Humankindness call their music ‘Original Rock & Soul’.

Their powerful, unique mix of rock, funk, pop, blues and singer-writer styles is hard to define but easy to enjoy. Armed with recently released mini-album Live At DeVille, and a set full of new songs, their Granary show is a rare hometown appearance.

Enjoy a fine local beverage and a delicious snack before heading to the Festival Mainstage. Or just come along and enjoy some free entertainment.

Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs often fill up quickly

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Deadman's Disco (Friday 13th October 2017)

Pic's Granary Gigs: Home to an exciting line-up of local and visiting musicians playing FREE, courtesy of the Nelson Arts Festival and Pic’s Peanut Butter.

Back from the Dead with Big Tobacco.

Indulge your superstitious side with a DJ seance bringing your favourite deceased musicians back from the dead. We celebrate the many musical loved ones lost in the celebrity carnage that was 2016, and beyond. Dress up as a dead celeb and dance to the greatest hits from the other side. You'll summon their spirits and raise yours!

Enjoy a fine local beverage and a delicious snack before heading to the Festival Mainstage. Or just come along and enjoy some free entertainment.

Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs often fill up quickly

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Cover Me (Friday 13th October 2017)

Pic's Granary Gigs: Home to an exciting line-up of local and visiting musicians playing FREE, courtesy of the Nelson Arts Festival and Pic’s Peanut Butter.

Cover Me return with their mix of funk, soul, jazz, dance, RnB and rock influences.

They’re a collaboration of some of NZ's finest musicians who have found themselves living in Nelson. Delivering a fantastically high energy performance, you'll certainly know when you've seen a Cover Me show.

Enjoy a fine local beverage and a delicious snack before heading to the Festival Mainstage. Or just come along and enjoy some free entertainment.

Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs often fill up quickly

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