Events in Nelson

Evolve Festival (Friday 24th-Sunday 26th January 2020)

A weekend of conscious celebration with workshops, market stalls, healers and live music to inspire educate and transform.
A family friendly, drug and alcohol free event, working towards zero waste- with camping available onsite- make a mini retreat of it!

Our workshops are designed to stimulate, challenge, engage and entertain. Our entertaining and experienced workshop presenters come from all over New Zealand and overseas.
This year the workshops will all be two hours long so that you can delve deeper into each session.

A range of health practitioners and market stalls will be at the festival to share with you products and services to support different aspects of your health and wellbeing, including bodywork, massage, energy healing, meditation, chanting, yoga, dance, essential oils, natural body products, Fair Trade and ethnic clothing etc.

It wouldn't be a festival without lots of song and dance! Evolve Festival features a range of high caliber live music acts, with live music from Wild Marmalade, Knights of The Dub Table, Matui Te Huki, Sika, Prosad and more!

Evolve Festival is on these dates: 24th January 2020 25th January 2020 26th January 2020
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Pipes in the Park 2020 (Sunday 26th January 2020)

Exciting News! The City of Nelson Highland Pipe Band brings you Pipes in the Park again for its fourth year. The Celtic music and dance extravaganza is being held at the Fairfield House Meadow again on Sunday January 26th 2020 at 5.30pm.
We have an exciting line up for performers this year including the full Pipe Band, as well as soloists, dancers and more.

There will be traditional Scottish food, including shortbread, and haggis!
Head over to our Facebook page for more updates and news on what else to expect! https://www.facebook.com/conhpb/

$10 entry, kids free. Pay as you enter.

This is a Cash Only event. Please bring a rug or low chair to sit on.

See you there in the Nelson sunshine! Please note, this is a later start time this year, to beat the heat!

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Moonsong (Monday 27th January 2020)

Moonsong is a one-day workshop in which to reclaim feminine wisdom and knowing, by deeply understanding and celebrating our cyclical nature as women.
Attune to your body, your womb, your menstrual experience, your rites of passage and the stories of those who've come before you.
This workshop will help you:
Explore the Wisdom of Nature’s cycles and your life seasons
Learn how the Lunar cycle and the Earth’s seasons influence you
Discover effective ways to live in alignment with these cycles, to bring greater ease, flow and meaning to your life
Learn the spiritual practice of menstruation and your whole menstrual cycle
Awaken to the transformative power of menopause and your rites of passage through life
Re-connect with your natural, wild feminine-self
Reclaim the power of the Women's Mysteries

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Super Rugby: Crusaders v Waratahs (Saturday 1st February 2020)

The Crusaders will play on Trafalgar Park Nelson for the first time since 2015, against the Waratahs in the first round of 2020 Super Rugby.

Bring your family and friends to watch the excitement of Crusaders Rugby - the horses, many of NZ's best players including local Tasman Mako players and the More FM Family Zone with face painting and Crusader flag giveaways.

Gates open at 5pm. Food and beverage sales available.

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Nelson Summer Shakespeare presents Romeo and Juliet (Sunday 2nd February 2020)

This professional production of the Bard's greatest love story, will tour outdoor venues in the Nelson Tasman region in January 2020. This special performance brings the tragic tale of the 'star-crossed lovers' into the comfort of Nelson's Theatre Royal.

Building upon the strengths of previous Summer Shakespeare seasons, highly experienced director Giles Burton has once again taken on this role, and has built a strong and professional ensemble.

What becomes of Romeo and Juliet? Will the long standing family feud between the Montagues and Capulets play out a disastrous end?

Don't miss out on the chance to see this classic love story, presented by eight of Nelson's best actors, retold in the beautiful setting of New Zealand's oldest wooden theatre.

Follow our tour on Facebook: Nelson Summer Shakespeare.

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International Kai Festival 2020 (Thursday 6th February 2020)

The eleventh annual International Kai Festival is on again this Waitangi Day, Thursday 6 February 2020, with Founders Heritage Park and Whakatu Marae working closely together to present a range of traditional and international foods to sample.

Whakatu Marae will also host a Powhiri, a traditional welcome for visitors to the Marae, at 11am. There will be a huge variety of international foods on offer made by families living in the Nelson community. Small portions of food are priced at $5.00 or $10.00 to encourage visitors to try a wide range of each.

Koha entry.

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Author Talk - TE REO MĀORI: THE BASICS EXPLAINED (Saturday 8th February 2020)

TE REO MĀORI: THE BASICS EXPLAINED

In a free library session, respected tutor and author David Kārena-Holmes will introduce the fundamentals of te reo Māori grammar and structure, as outlined in his new book, Te Reo Māori: The Basics Explained, published by Oratia Books.

WHERE: Activities Room, Nelson Public Library, 27 Halifax Street, Nelson
WHEN: Saturday 8 February from 2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Suitable for learners and speakers of te reo at any level. Books will be available for purchase thanks to VOLUME: The Space for Books.

No bookings required. Contact library@ncc.govt.nz or phone 03 546 8100 for more information.

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Blind Boy Paxton (Monday 10th February 2020)

American blues extraordinaire Blind Boy Paxton has announced his much-anticipated return to our shores for his biggest headline tour of New Zealand to date, playing eight shows across the country this February. With new songs to road test, a myriad of instruments in tow, and stories to tell, these are must see shows this summer!

Blind Boy Paxton is known by many as the ‘living embodiment of the blues in the 21st century’ and makes his triumphant return to NZ after a string of sold out shows 2 years ago.

Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton’s live shows showcase his unparalleled skill across the banjo, fiddle, piano, harmonica, guitar, and the Cajun accordion, effortlessly transporting audiences to a time long ago. Interspersed with heartwarming narratives and humorous anecdotes, Blind Boy Paxton’s signature ragtime and country blues draws deep inspiration from his southern roots, and seamlessly brings old time tradition into the modern day.

This world class act is one not to be missed.

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Small Time at the Library (Monday 10th February-Wednesday 8th April 2020)

Small Time sessions are designed for under 2 year olds and combines songs, rhymes and stories into a free, fun 20 minute programme. This is a great opportunity for toddlers to develop pre-literacy skills and for parents to meet with other parents. See you there!

Story Time and Small Time sessions:

Small Time: for 0 – 2 year olds
-Elma Turner Library: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10.30am
-Stoke Library: Tuesdays, 10.30am

Story Time: for 2 – 4 year olds
-Elma Turner Library: Tuesdays, 10.30am
-Stoke Library: Wednesdays, 10.30am
-Nightingale Library: Thursdays, 10.30am & Sundays until April, 11am.

Small Time at the Library is on these dates: 10th February 2020 12th February 2020 17th February 2020 19th February 2020 24th February 2020 26th February 2020 2nd March 2020 4th March 2020 9th March 2020 11th March 2020 16th March 2020 18th March 2020 23rd March 2020 25th March 2020 30th March 2020 1st April 2020 6th April 2020 8th April 2020
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Small Time at the Library (Tuesday 11th February-Tuesday 7th April 2020)

Small Time sessions are designed for under 2 year olds and combines songs, rhymes and stories into a free, fun 20 minute programme. This is a great opportunity for toddlers to develop pre-literacy skills and for parents to meet with other parents. See you there!

Story Time and Small Time sessions:

Small Time: for 0 – 2 year olds
-Elma Turner Library: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10.30am
-Stoke Library: Tuesdays, 10.30am

Story Time: for 2 – 4 year olds
-Elma Turner Library: Tuesdays, 10.30am
-Stoke Library: Wednesdays, 10.30am
-Nightingale Library: Thursdays, 10.30am & Sundays until April, 11am.

Small Time at the Library is on these dates: 11th February 2020 18th February 2020 25th February 2020 3rd March 2020 10th March 2020 17th March 2020 24th March 2020 31st March 2020 7th April 2020
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Story Time at the Library (Tuesday 11th February-Tuesday 7th April 2020)

Story Time sessions are designed for 3 and 4 year olds and combines songs, rhymes, stories and a craft session into a free, fun 30 minute programme. This is a great opportunity for preschoolers to develop pre-literacy skills and socialising skills and for parents to meet with other parents. See you there!

Story Time and Small Time sessions:

Small Time: for 0 – 2 year olds
-Elma Turner Library: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10.30am
-Stoke Library: Tuesdays, 10.30am

Story Time: for 2 – 4 year olds
-Elma Turner Library: Tuesdays, 10.30am
-Stoke Library: Wednesdays, 10.30am
-Nightingale Library: Thursdays, 10.30am & Sundays until April, 11am.

Story Time at the Library is on these dates: 11th February 2020 18th February 2020 25th February 2020 3rd March 2020 10th March 2020 17th March 2020 24th March 2020 31st March 2020 7th April 2020
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Story Time at the Library (Wednesday 12th February-Wednesday 8th April 2020)

Story Time sessions are designed for 3 and 4 year olds and combines songs, rhymes, stories and a craft session into a free, fun 30 minute programme. This is a great opportunity for preschoolers to develop pre-literacy skills and socialising skills and for parents to meet with other parents. See you there!

Story Time and Small Time sessions:

Small Time: for 0 – 2 year olds
-Elma Turner Library: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10.30am
-Stoke Library: Tuesdays, 10.30am

Story Time: for 2 – 4 year olds
-Elma Turner Library: Tuesdays, 10.30am
-Stoke Library: Wednesdays, 10.30am
-Nightingale Library: Thursdays, 10.30am & Sundays until April, 11am.

Story Time at the Library is on these dates: 12th February 2020 19th February 2020 26th February 2020 4th March 2020 11th March 2020 18th March 2020 25th March 2020 1st April 2020 8th April 2020
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Nelson Steiner Playgroup (Thursday 13th February-Thursday 9th April 2020)

Our gentle and friendly playgroup meets weekly on Thursdays in a lovely Nelson setting. Our children and families enjoy playing with nature-inspired, handcrafted toys, sharing bread making (and eating!) and singing songs. Parents have time to connect and chat, and be involved as much as they are able. Our time together is led by Steiner rhythms and the needs of our children on the day.

All welcome. Suggested Koha $2 (per child) plus some fruit to share. See you there!

Nelson Steiner Playgroup is on these dates: 13th February 2020 20th February 2020 27th February 2020 5th March 2020 12th March 2020 19th March 2020 26th March 2020 2nd April 2020 9th April 2020
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Author talk - Sue Copsey and Catherine Robertson (Thursday 13th February 2020)

Join us on 13 and 14 February to celebrate Library Lovers’ Day and the end of the Nelson Summer Reading Challenge.

On Thursday 13 we have popular New Zealand authors Sue Copsey and Catherine Robertson joining us for a special evening event, from 6pm. Come along and hear these writers, in conversation with Liz Price, as they discuss their latest books and writing life. All welcome.

Sue Copsey is an award winning author who will be talking about her latest book Wife After Wife' – a modern re-telling of the story of King Henry VIII.
Catherine Robertson has written a number of books included the popular 'Gabriel's Bay' and 'What You Wish For.'

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Adam Summer School quartets (Thursday 13th February 2020)

The annual Adam Summer School is presented by the New Zealand String Quartet and held in Nelson each February. It is generously sponsored by the Adam Foundation, and provides the opportunity for up to 30 talented young string players and pianists to commit themselves to eight days of intense chamber music-making under the guidance of the New Zealand String Quartet and guest pianist-in-residence, Diedre Irons.
At our Elma Turner Library performance, we’ll delight your ears with a teaser of string music that you can look forward to hearing in full at our Finale Concerts on Sunday 16 February. These inspiring ensembles comprise students between the ages of 16—25 and many Adam Summer School students later go on to forge successful careers as professional musicians in New Zealand and internationally.

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Guy Williams (Friday 14th February 2020)

Billy T Award-Winning Comedian Guy Williams is Back! Some of you might not have even noticed that he was gone, or even realised that he was here in the first place, that doesn’t matter… he’s back!

The star of the critically acclaimed “New Zealand Today” TV show (and only on-screen member of the show) is taking a short break from his busy schedule of arguing with people on the internet to make his self described “triumphant” return to touring. Striking while the iron is hot and most of his major competitors are taking a break from stand-up in the wake of sexual assault allegations.

“This year I want to do a political show (here’s the catch) that doesn’t suck. I know that sounds impossible, and I can’t promise that I will achieve this amazing goal, but I’ll give it a good shake because we’ve all got to do something to fill in the time before we die.” – Guy

“A great hour of comedy” – TheSpinoff.co.nz

“Bloody funny” – Radio New Zealand

“Almost as bad as Reece Darbie and Flight of the Concords (sic).” – Kiwilad, Stuff.co.nz comments section.

You don’t have to print your tickets just show them on your phone.

R15 – Mature themes and a lot of bad language

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Library Lovers Day (Friday 14th February 2020)

Join us to celebrate Library Lovers’ Day and the end of the Nelson Summer Reading Challenge.

Gitano Swing will kick things off at 12pm with French love songs. This is followed by romance authors
Catherine Robertson and Sue Copsey will return to Elma Turner Library on Friday 14 February to announce the winners of Biblio Bingo Bonanza. Stick around after the prize giving for cake and coffee.


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Gitano Swing as part of Library Lover's Day (Friday 14th February 2020)

Barrie McDonald ( accordion), is well - known for his performances in the Celtic music scene. Here he teams up with Paul Gilmour to play some Waltzes, Bossa and Swing tunes in a style influenced by legendary French and Italian musicians, who mixed gypsy with jazz standards of the 1930s, to create a style known as “Jazz Manouche” or simply Gypsy Jazz.

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La Vie en Rose (Friday 14th February 2020)

La Vie en Rose at Broadgreen house is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine's day with your loved ones.

An evening of desserts, coffee, flowers, craft market, twilight tours through Broadgreen house, floral art displays and live music.

Bring your sweetheart to La Vie en Rose for some romance in the rose gardens.

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