Events in Nelson

For the Love of Family (Tuesday 22nd August 2017)

Delve into the relationship between art and family history. Hear local crafter Pam Stade talk about her craft and its place in family traditions. Followed by Cindy Batt talking about how whakapapa is passed on through the many forms of Māori artistic expressions.

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Cinderella (Thursday 24th-Saturday 26th August 2017)

Nelson Academy of Dance proudly presents the fairy tale of love and magic Cinderella the Ballet. The ultimate rags to riches fairy tale is a delight for the whole family!

A dazzling night, featuring Prokofiev’s beautiful music, a glittering ball, something wonderful is sure to happen as Cinderella and her Prince Charming dance in this year’s full length classic ballet. The performance will present dance students as the featured performers in this authentic full length ballet.

Director Gillian Francis has consistently achieved a very high standard from her very creative and talented students (ranging from the ages of 3 to their mid-20s) over many years and this year’s Cinderella includes beautiful choreography, costuming, backdrops, lighting and sound. Enjoy winter in Nelson in grand style, making memories to cherish with the ones you love.

Cinderella is on these dates: 24th August 2017 25th August 2017 26th August 2017
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ECO Conference (Friday 25th-Monday 28th August 2017)

Every year ECO organize a national conference dealing with a current environmental topic. This year the theme is:

Environmental Responsibilities and Democracy for the Future: Limits, Pathways and Actions.

Protecting democracy and the environment are intimately linked. Both involve responsibilities to the future and to the present. What happens when the focus shifts from rights to responsibilities? Do we need a constitution for New Zealand and if we were to have one, what should it contain? How do we restore democracy to resource management decision making and respect the Treaty of Waitangi and the relationships involved at the same time instead of sacrificing one for the other?

What should we ask of ourselves and our politicians for today and for the future? Where do the political parties stand on climate change, biodiversity, and water quality?

Great speakers include Dame Anne Salmond, Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Paul Young are coming. The conference is fully catered (vege, vegan, gluten free food can be provided).

Registration and more information about the conference can be found on the website. The updated programme, more information will be online soon.

ECO Conference is on these dates: 25th August 2017 26th August 2017 27th August 2017 28th August 2017
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An Deise (Sunday 27th August 2017)

An Déise are three of Ireland’s top traditional musicians;
Paddy Tutty (fiddle, bodhran),
Derek Morrissey (button accordian)
Caoimhin O Fearghaíl,(guitar, vocals, flute, uilleann pipes). TG4 Ireland musician of the year in 2012

Best known for their work with Caladh Nua, the trio has performed at many of the world’s leading folk festivals including Tonder, Lorient, Mood Indigo (Mumbai) and the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

“The band’s combination packs a punch that shines in a live setting.” – The Irish Times”

An Déise are coming over from Ireland to perform at the Christchurch and Taranaki International Arts Festivals and have added a limited number of extra concerts. Fairfield is thrilled to be hosting this renowned Irish trio.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear some of the world’s best exponents of Irish music performed live.

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Memento (Tuesday 29th August-Saturday 16th September 2017)

Opening Preview, Monday 28 August, 5:30pm.
All Welcome.

After having lived and studied in both China and New Zealand, Jun Xie currently approaching a cultural fusion through contemporary jewellery making.

'Something stays still, but it breathes when we blink.
Has a stone ever changed on itself? Or, the changes are only seen by those who observes?
With rooted memories of concrete jungles in my hometown, every little piece of the natural world here comes into my mind like a collision. I attempt to dig out the active nature of lifeless materials, explore ignored perspectives on what are too common for us and remodel large landscapes in small- scale for my jewellery.
If they are hard to be tracked alive, however, they are easy to be told dead.'

Memento is on these dates: 29th August 2017 30th August 2017 31st August 2017 1st September 2017 2nd September 2017 4th September 2017 5th September 2017 6th September 2017 7th September 2017 8th September 2017 9th September 2017 11th September 2017 12th September 2017 13th September 2017 14th September 2017 15th September 2017 16th September 2017
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Entropy (Tuesday 29th August-Saturday 16th September 2017)

Opening Preview, Monday 28 August, 5:30pm.
All Welcome.

Entropy:
1. A thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system's thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work, often interpreted as the degree of disorder or randomness in the system.
2. Lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder.

'The work is about the way we know and understand time, the past, history, the present and how it operates in our current socio-cultural situation. Entropy is constantly increasing. The universe is expanding, humans are moving things around and there are more possible states for systems to take on. The increase of entropy means the increase of disorder. I want this room to be a metaphor for time, what it does to us and how we exist within it, for society and for life. '

Entropy is on these dates: 29th August 2017 30th August 2017 31st August 2017 1st September 2017 2nd September 2017 4th September 2017 5th September 2017 6th September 2017 7th September 2017 8th September 2017 9th September 2017 11th September 2017 12th September 2017 13th September 2017 14th September 2017 15th September 2017 16th September 2017
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Field of Study (Tuesday 29th August-Saturday 16th September 2017)

Opening Preview, Monday 28 August, 5:30pm.
All Welcome.

What attracts a person to a given field of study? And what sustains their engagement? This group exhibition of varied works offers a small window into considering such questions.

What binds all these works together lies not in the works themselves, for in this exhibition you will see anything from graphite drawing to graphic design, strange hybrid sculptures and insect photography, intricate textile work, large, looming painting and screen printing overlays. Nor do the works follow any specific theme. In fact, it is the authors themselves, the makers of these works, which holds this group show together.

Field of Study is on these dates: 29th August 2017 30th August 2017 31st August 2017 1st September 2017 2nd September 2017 4th September 2017 5th September 2017 6th September 2017 7th September 2017 8th September 2017 9th September 2017 11th September 2017 12th September 2017 13th September 2017 14th September 2017 15th September 2017 16th September 2017
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The Hard-Core Troubadours (Saturday 2nd September 2017)

The Hard Core Troubadours play country/rock and folk with a healthy dose of blues thrown into the mix.
NZ legend Wayne Mason, Hobnail front man Rob Joass and Rob’s long time collaborator and partner in crime Hamish Graham will be playing songs old, new, borrowed and blue.
Wayne and Rob are prolific writers with a lifetime of material behind them, and they take turns swapping songs and stories from across their careers.
Wayne Mason, known and loved from his time with Rocking Horse, the Fourmyula, the Warratahs to name but a few. Honoured for having written the song of the millennium ‘Nature’, he is a prolific writer with 16 albums to his name. years. Wayne’s tunes embody the landscape of NZ and are rich with images from his life and journeys on road.
Rob Joass,well known to many NZ music fans for his work with Hobnail, The Shot Band, The Hard Core Troubadours and Too Many Chiefs. He writes compulsively, tours incessantly, teaches guitar, produces albums. Rob is a 3 time finalist at the NZ Music Awards.
Hamish Graham is multi-instrumentalist, with a BMus from Victoria University. Hamish's musical path flirts with a number of genres bringing an inimitable style to everything he does.

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The Hard Core Troubadours @ Fairfield House, Nelson (Saturday 2nd September 2017)

NZ legend Wayne Mason, Hobnail front man Rob Joass and Rob’s long time collaborator and partner in crime Hamish Graham will be playing songs old, new, borrowed and blue.

Wayne and Rob are prolific writers with a lifetime of material behind them.
Wayne Mason is a long time traveller in the NZ music scene, known and loved from his time with Rocking Horse, the Fourmyula, the Warratahs to name but a few. Honoured for having written the song of the millennium ‘Nature’, he is a prolific writer with 16 albums to his name.

Rob Joass is well known to many music fans throughout New Zealand through his work with Hobnail, The Shot Band, The Hard Core Troubadours and Too Many Chiefs. His songs have been covered by artists both in NZ and abroad, and he is a 3 time finalist at the NZ Music Awards.

Hamish Graham is multi-instrumentalist, with a BMus from Victoria University. Hamish's musical path has flirted with a number of genres. He can play anything and everything, and brings an inimitable style to everything he does.

Here’s Rob and Hamish with their band Hobnail playing one of Rob’s new songs, Every Single Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XAdoV-xJ2Y

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Mosaic World Choir as part of the Live Music series - Nelson Library (Sunday 3rd September 2017)

Mosaic World Music Choir is Nelson’s oldest world music choir. Mosaic has been bringing a cappella pleasure to audiences for 20 years with their high energy and vibrancy. This 50-strong choir is directed by Shannel Courtney and has been described as one of Nelson hidden treasures. Their repertoire covers most the continents of the world, including songs from the Pacific, with a special focus on African music with its uplifting harmonies and rhythms. The inspiration that drives Mosaic is the sense of community that singing fosters and the privilege of experiencing the diversity of musical cultures through song.

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Nelson Institute Talk: Speaker Andy Frost on Karearea: a 'cool' spearhead species for NZ Conservation (Sunday 3rd September 2017)

Andy Frost, chair of Marlborough Falcon Conservation Trust on rehabilitation and breeding of NZ falcon, karearea, and their advocacy place in conservation.
Having a karearea present when delivering a conservation message adds significant impact to the message. Karearea are regarded as 'cool'!
Members of the Trust visit schools and other organisations and promote the need to protect NZ's native falcons, a message that also applies to the wider conservation sphere.

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Mamma Mia! (Sunday 3rd-Saturday 23rd September 2017)

Get ready! The Biggest Musical Party of 2017 is coming to Nelson!

Nelson Musical Theatre proudly presents Mamma Mia! – the Global Smash Hit Musical based on the Songs of ABBA.

A mother. A daughter. Three possible Dads!
And a trip down the aisle you will never forget.
Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show and in September 2017 it will be performed at the Theatre Royal for a strictly limited season!

Featuring all the hits of ABBA including Honey Honey, Money, Money Money, Thank You For The Music, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Voulez-Vous and many, many more! Get your party shoes on and get ready for a musical extravaganza like never before!

With a stellar cast, live band, amazing custom-made touring set and costumes, everyone will be “having the time of their lives” night after night!

Music written by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and some songs with Stig Anderson. Based on the book by Catherine Johnson. By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd Exclusive agent for Music Theatre International (NY).

Mamma Mia! is on these dates: 3rd September 2017 5th September 2017 6th September 2017 7th September 2017 8th September 2017 9th September 2017 10th September 2017 12th September 2017 13th September 2017 14th September 2017 15th September 2017 16th September 2017 17th September 2017 19th September 2017 20th September 2017 21st September 2017 22nd September 2017 23rd September 2017
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Mamma Mia! Nelson (Sunday 3rd-Sunday 10th September 2017)

Nelson Musical Theatre proudly presents Mamma Mia! – the Global Smash Hit Musical based on the Songs of ABBA.

A mother. A daughter. Three possible Dads!
And a trip down the aisle you will never forget.
Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show and in September 2017 it will be performed at the Theatre Royal for a strictly limited season!

Featuring all the hits of ABBA including Honey Honey, Money, Money Money, Thank You For The Music, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Voulez-Vous and many, many more! Get your party shoes on and get ready for a musical extravaganza like never before!

With a stellar cast, live band, amazing custom-made touring set and costumes, everyone will be “having the time of their lives” night after night!

Music written by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and some songs with Stig Anderson. Based on the book by Catherine Johnson. By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd Exclusive agent for Music Theatre International (NY).

Mamma Mia! Nelson is on these dates: 3rd September 2017 5th September 2017 6th September 2017 7th September 2017 8th September 2017 9th September 2017 10th September 2017
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Book Binding with Rosie-Anne Pinney (Thursday 7th September 2017)

Learn the basics of book mending and binding, and bring along a special book that might need a little care, and learn what can be done for it.

Bookings Essential.
To register, please phone 03 5460414, email library@ncc.govt.nz, or come and visit any of our branches.

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Slow Yoga with Vikki Wilkinson (Thursday 7th September 2017)

Experience the combination of ancient yogic knowledge and modern neuroscience, creating a unique practice for your whole being.

Bookings Essential.
To register, please phone 03 5460414, email library@ncc.govt.nz, or come and visit any of our branches.

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