Events in Nelson

We Three (Wednesday 23rd October 2019)

In a change to the Festival's printed programme, We Three are playing this free HotHouse Granary Gig..

Ease into your Wednesday evening with the amazing voice and keys of Trudi Wilson, the saxophone and swagger of Simon ‘Saxman’ Williams, and the ham-fisted skin-beating of Bruce McGregor – bringing you tunes from Aretha to Prince and back again.

A FREE HOTHOUSE GRANARY GIG

The Granary Festival Café at Founders Heritage Park is home to an exciting line-up of local musicians.

Enjoy a fine local beverage, delicious food and free entertainment courtesy of Nelson Arts Festival and HotHouse.

Stop by before heading to the Festival Mainstage for Couch Stories, or make a night of it in the Granary. Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs often fill up quickly!

Presented by Nelson Arts Festival
Proudly supported by HotHouse

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Mr Red Light (Wednesday 23rd October 2019)

Mr Red Light is a man who attracts bad luck. So naturally, when he tries to rob a bank he fails miserably – and ends up in a pie shop dealing with three very uncooperative hostages and the world’s worst police negotiator.

As time ticks by, Mr Red Light and his captives play a game of getting to know you. With nowhere to run and nothing to lose, they form an unlikely bond. And mysteriously, Mr Red Light seems to know more about his hostages’ lives than is possible.

From the award-winning team behind Te Pō, Spirit House and 360, Mr Red Light uses everything from pathos to slapstick to dig into the meaning of life. Suddenly the pie shop is a place where anything can happen.

“Full of ideas and never dull, complicated and never confusing, unafraid to mix stupid jokes with very sly subversion.” METRO

Presented by Nelson Arts Festival
Proudly supported by Tour-Makers and Creative New Zealand

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Learn at the Library (Thursday 24th October-Thursday 5th December 2019)

Nelson Public Libraries hold a variety of free computer classes each school term, for beginners and more experienced users who may want to venture further into the digital world, extend their research skills or learn about the digital services the Library offers.

Classes must be booked by phoning 03 546 0414, emailing library@ncc.govt.nz or visiting any of the Libraries. You can find moe information on our website - http://www.nelsonpubliclibraries.co.nz/library/computer-classes

Elma Turner Library classes 9:30-11:00am

Using new Library laptops Thursday, 24 October

Tablets – bring your own Thursday, 31 October

Ebooks/audiobooks Thursday, 7 November

Research tools Thursday, 14 November

Social Media Thursday, 21 November

Entertainment Apps Thursday, 28 November

Basic computer skills Q & A Thursday, 5 December

Stoke Library classes 8:15-9:15am

Using Library computers/Chromebooks Friday, 1 November

Basic Internet 1 Friday, 8 November

Basic Internet 2 Friday, 15 November

Tablets Friday, 29 November

IMPORTANT INFO
Booking is essential as class size is limited
Elma Turner Library classes are held in the Learning Centre

Learn at the Library is on these dates: 24th October 2019 25th October 2019 31st October 2019 1st November 2019 7th November 2019 8th November 2019 14th November 2019 15th November 2019 21st November 2019 22nd November 2019 28th November 2019 29th November 2019 5th December 2019
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Cover Me (Thursday 24th October 2019)

Cover Me returns 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.

A FREE HOTHOUSE GRANARY GIG

The Granary Festival Café at Founders Heritage Park is home to an exciting line-up of local musicians.

Enjoy a fine local beverage, delicious food and free entertainment courtesy of Nelson Arts Festival and HotHouse.

Stop by before heading to the Festival Mainstage for A Synthesized Universe, or make a night of it in the Granary. Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs often fill up quickly!

Presented by Nelson Arts Festival
Proudly supported by HotHouse

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LEGO Robotics (Thursday 24th October-Thursday 28th November 2019)

Our new programme gives children the chance to build LEGO robots and learn how to code them to walk, sing, dance and everything in between.

We will be running two sessions, each of which goes for three weeks, for children aged ten and over.
Group 1 starts October 24th
Group 2 starts November 10th

$5 for the three weeks.

Bookings are required by contacting library@ncc.govt.nz or phoning (03) 546 8100

LEGO Robotics is on these dates: 24th October 2019 31st October 2019 7th November 2019 14th November 2019 21st November 2019 28th November 2019
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Herelessness (Thursday 24th-Sunday 27th October 2019)

Herelessness is a mesmerising outdoor performance featuring bungee-assisted dance and landscape design.

Critically acclaimed choreographer Chloe Loftus and award-winning designer James Wheatley bring their rich international experiences together to explore the vitality, grounding and power harnessed through our connection with nature.

This compelling gravity-defying duet between dancer and water is not to be missed.

“Chloe Loftus had me absolutely spellbound … she was spectacular. Not the kind of thing you see everyday, that’s for sure.” NZ HERALD

Presented by Nelson Arts Festival

Herelessness is on these dates: 24th October 2019 25th October 2019 26th October 2019 27th October 2019
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Adult computer classes at Elma Turner Library (Thursday 24th October-Thursday 5th December 2019)

9.30am – 11.00am
Thursday 24 October Using new Library laptops
Thursday 31 October Tablets – bring your own
Thursday 7 November e-books/audiobooks
Thursday 14 November Research tools
Thursday 21 November Social Media
Thursday 28 November Entertainment Apps
Thursday 5 December Basic computer skills Q & A

Adult computer classes at Elma Turner Library is on these dates: 24th October 2019 31st October 2019 7th November 2019 14th November 2019 21st November 2019 28th November 2019 5th December 2019
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Pukapuka Talks: On The Edge (Friday 25th October 2019)

Chessie Henry and Miriam Lancewood reveal what drove them to write such intimate memoirs about their extraordinary lives.

Debut authors Chessie Henry (We Can Make A Life, winner of the E.H. McCormick Prize for General Non-Fiction at this year’s Ockham New Zealand Book Awards) and international media sensation Miriam Lancewood (Woman in the Wilderness) explore living on the edge of civilisation and natural disasters, and the link between lifestyle and wellbeing.

Chaired by Kerry Sunderland.

Presented by Nelson Arts Festival
Proudly supported by Page & Blackmore, Allen & Unwin and Victoria University Press

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Rabbit Hōle (Friday 25th October 2019)

Rabbit Hōle is the musical collaboration of multi-instrumentalist and singer Sahn Bishop, drummer Bruce McGregor and saxophonist/EWI artist Simon Williams.

If you like your musical goodness slightly dubby, with a funk-esque twist and buckets of soul, carefully drizzled over a bed of captivating melodies and filthy electronic dance beats, then come down for a dance adventure with us.

A FREE HOTHOUSE GRANARY GIG

The Granary Festival Café at Founders Heritage Park is home to an exciting line-up of local musicians.

Enjoy a fine local beverage, delicious food and free entertainment courtesy of Nelson Arts Festival and HotHouse.

Stop by after Greg Copeland on the Festival Mainstage, or make a night of it in the Granary. Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs often fill up quickly!

Presented by Nelson Arts Festival
Proudly supported by HotHouse

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Pukapuka Talks: The Friday Poem (Friday 25th October 2019)

Something exciting – fun, dazzling, often powerful – is going on in New Zealand poetry.

When Steve Braunias created The Friday Poem slot for The Spinoff in 2015, he provided a new platform for some of Aotearoa’s most exciting new voices, alongside some of our much-loved, established poets.

Join him and three of the poets – Tayi Tibble (Poūkahangatus – winner of the Jessie Mackay Prize for Poetry at this year’s Ockham New Zealand Book Awards), Emma Neale (To the Occupant) and Chris Tse (He’s so MASC) – who are all featured in the hard copy book, The Friday Poem: 100 New Zealand Poems.

Chaired by Cliff Fell.

Presented by Nelson Arts Festival
Proudly supported by Page & Blackmore, Luncheon Sausage Books, Victoria University Press, Otago University Press and Auckland University Press

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Medicine Woman (Friday 25th October 2019)

New Zealand’s winner for the Woolworths’ Songwriters’ Festival 2018.

Medicine Woman serves up blues inspired toe-tapping, full vocal harmony, rock originals with lyrics that provoke, inspire, and reach into your soul. Three years in the making, they’ll be sharing the medicine that is their debut album – Head, Heart & Gut.

A FREE HOTHOUSE GRANARY GIG

The Granary Festival Café at Founders Heritage Park is home to an exciting line-up of local musicians.

Enjoy a fine local beverage, delicious food and free entertainment courtesy of Nelson Arts Festival and HotHouse.

Stop by before heading to the Festival Mainstage for Greg Copeland, or make a night of it in the Granary. Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs often fill up quickly!

Presented by Nelson Arts Festival
Proudly supported by HotHouse

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Pukapuka Talks: Native Son - SOLD OUT (Friday 25th October 2019)

Join national literary taonga Witi Ihimaera in conversation with Guyon Espiner, discussing the revealing encore to his memoir, Māori Boy.

The sequel to his first award-winning memoir, Native Son picks up where Māori Boy left off. Telling a previously untold story, this new book follows Witi through his triumphs and failures at school and university, searching for love and purpose, finding his voice and identity, becoming our first published Māori novelist – and putting a secret past to rest.

Presented by Nelson Arts Festival
Proudly supported by Page & Blackmore and Penguin Random House New Zealand

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The WonderWombs (Friday 25th-Saturday 26th October 2019)

From New Zealand’s leading circus company - The Dust Palace - comes a tenacious all-wombs troupe whose breath-taking performances are wrapped in an all-knowing nod and cheeky wink.

The WonderWombs is a chance to investigate and celebrate the physicality, mysteriousness and wonder of our bodies, and maybe even have a laugh at ourselves. This is physical circus at its best, with all the performers multi-skilled in theatre, acrobatics and comedy, presenting a night of risk, splendour, story and hilarity.

With its soundtrack of rap, poetry and buzzing beats, The WonderWombs promises a night of acrobatic athletes, whose risqué hustle explores and celebrates strength in its many forms.

“Dazzling talent with true, and utterly genuine meaning… The WonderWombs is a slippery and devilish performance.” THE CREATIVE ISSUE

“A sparkling, juicy, feminist manifesto that laughs and mocks and brawls and riots all the way to the finish line.” NOTHING EVER HAPPENS IN BRISBANE

Presented by Nelson Arts Festival
Proudly supported by Savage & Savage and Creative New Zealand

The WonderWombs is on these dates: 25th October 2019 26th October 2019
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Pukapuka Talks: Doctors Who Write (Saturday 26th October 2019)

Join three physicians – who are also poets, playwrights and prose writers – in conversation with medical student and writer Emma Espiner.

Glenn Colquhoun (Late Love: Sometimes Doctors Need Saving as Much as Their Patients) is a doctor, poet and children’s writer. Renee Liang is a paediatrician, playwright, poet, fiction writer and co-author of a new book about parenting (When We Remember to Breathe). Shaun Holt is a doctor, medical researcher and entrepreneur whose new book, Medical Cannabis, aims to give readers the information they need – by summarizing what the latest research shows about the use of cannabis as a medicine and its potential benefits and risks – to make their own informed decision before the referendum at the next general election. They are very different books, but all three writers are united by a common desire to use storytelling to demystify what they do.

Presented by Nelson Arts Festival
Proudly supported by Page & Blackmore, Bridget Williams Books and Potton & Burton

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Diwali Nelson 2019 (Saturday 26th October 2019)

The Nelson Diwali Festival promises to be a must evening of entertainment and food for the entire family.

The evening includes Indian and Nepali dance performances, traditional music performances, fusion mantra music and a sumptuous dinner for all.

Kids 12 and under attend and eat for free!

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Pukapuka Talks: The Absolute Book (Saturday 26th October 2019)

Elizabeth Knox’s new novel, The Absolute Book, is being heralded as a triumph of fantasy, grounded in the reality and challenges of the times in which we live.

Elizabeth Knox, ONZM, is the author of 13 novels, three novellas and a collection of essays. The Vintner’s Luck won the Deutz Medal for Fiction in the 1999 Montana New Zealand Book Awards, and the Tasmanian Pacific Region Prize, and has been published in ten languages.

Last year’s NZ Book Award fiction winner Pip Adam describes reading Knox’s long-awaited new novel as an opportunity “to be immersed in her worlds, wrapped in her intelligence and craft so completely” and “an experience not be missed.”

Find out more when Elizabeth Knox joins Jacquetta Bell in conversation about this epic new fantasy.

Presented by Nelson Arts Festival
Proudly supported by Page & Blackmore and Victoria University Press

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Pukapuka Talks: Thinking Brunch 1 - 'Living' Longer - SOLD OUT (Saturday 26th October 2019)

Meet four extraordinary people who are redefining what ‘ageing’ and ‘eldership’ mean, and learn some of their insights into having a long and fruitful life.

Renée Hollis travelled the length and breadth of New Zealand to interview 120 centenarians and shares 38 of their stories in Keepers of History. Poet, playwright, author and nonagenarian Renée (The Wild Card, These Two Hands: A Memoir) is still playing with words. Former MP and academic Phillida Bunkle, who returned to flatting with friends in her 70s, loves a good policy debate. They all have a great deal to share about what it means to be an active and productive senior, while Dr Shaun Holt (Medical Cannabis, Natural Remedies that Really Work) explains why we’re living longer and how we can be healthy.

Chaired by Emma Espiner.

Presented by Nelson Arts Festival
Proudly supported by Page & Blackmore, Exisle Publishing, The Cuba Press and Potton & Burton

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PREMIERSHIP FINAL - Tasman v Wellington (Saturday 26th October 2019)

The Tasman Mako will host the Wellington Lions in the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership Final on Trafalgar Park.

WEAR RED & BE LOUD

Come along and support your Mighty Mako. They have had an impressive season to go undefeated after 11 matches. The Final will require us all to Get There and Make Some Noise to create a Home Ground Advantage.

#FinzUp #Ours #makocity #TASvWEL

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Sun City Soul (Saturday 26th October 2019)

Sun City Soul is a six-piece soul band, complete with a funked-up horn section and fine home-grown and international musicians.

Tapping into Motown, Stax and Atlantic Soul, Sun City Soul will deliver a high energy show that is guaranteed to get you moving and singing along.

A FREE HOTHOUSE GRANARY GIG

The Granary Festival Café at Founders Heritage Park is home to an exciting line-up of local musicians.

Enjoy a fine local beverage, delicious food and free entertainment courtesy of Nelson Arts Festival and HotHouse.

Stop by before heading to the Festival Mainstage for Skyscraper Stan, or make a night of it in the Granary. Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs often fill up quickly!

Presented by Nelson Arts Festival
Proudly supported by HotHouse

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Pukapuka Talks: Caging Skies (Sunday 27th October 2019)

Meet Nelson-based novelist Christine Leunens, whose novel Caging Skies is the inspiration for a major new Hollywood film.

This gripping novel, translated into 17 languages and just republished in a new edition, is about a boy who embraces the Nazi dream and becomes a member of the Hitler Youth, but soon discovers his parents are hiding a young Jewish woman in their home.

A New Zealand-Belgian novelist, Leunens is also the author of two other novels, Primordial Soup and A Can of Sunshine, and an upcoming Franco-NZ historical novel, South of Memory, set at the time of the Rainbow Warrior bombing.

She talks with Kerry Sunderland about Caging Skies’ fascinating journey from page to screen.

Presented by Nelson Arts Festival
Proudly supported by Page & Blackmore and Penguin Random House New Zealand

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