2017 Nelson Arts Festival  |  Wed 11-Fri 27 October 


What a Festival! We hope all have enjoyed the wonderful line-up of shows that have come to Nelson from all over the world and in all shapes and forms. From the delightful Swiss clowns in PSS PSS, to the infamous murderers in Maungatapu, to That Bloody Woman - AKA Kate Sheppard - it's been fabulous.

The ever-popular Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers programme featured writers from all around the country in discussion about and reading from their writing, plus two Thinking Brunches, panel discussions that definitely gave us something to think about. These sessions were recorded and will be released as podcasts in a few weeks. 

We'd love to hear what you thought of this year's Festival. Please take a few minutes to complete the SURVEY. As a thank you for doing so, you can go into the draw to win $300 worth of tickets to the 2018 Festival. 


Date: Friday 27 October, 5.30pm (Parade), 6.30-10pm (Carnivale)
Theme: We are the World

The Masked Parade & Carnivale wrapped-up the Festival in real style, with approximately 3500 people participating in the parade and many more watching and cheering them on. The 'We are the World' theme was wonderfully represented by all manner of creations. The party continued in the heart of Nelson with music and activities for all ages. 

Masked Parade Results
With many strong entries to choose from, the judges found it hard to make a decision. The winners in each category were:

School Category
1st - Upper Moutere School                                
2nd - Waimea and Nelson Intermediate combined
Group Category
1st - Sambassadors                                            
2nd - Taoist Tai Chi Society 

Individual Category
1st - Mike Ward                                         
2nd - Karl Wulff

The Kim Merry Supreme Award Trophy for the best of the winners went to:
Upper Moutere School

Congratulations to all the winners, and to everyone who took part. Everyone was fabulous!


Theme: Weird & Wonderful
Date: Friday 26 October 2018

The theme for next year’s Masked Parade – Weird & Wonderful – was selected from the many suggestions received for this year’s parade. We’re announcing the theme now so that everyone who wants to take part – schools especially – have plenty of time to plan ahead.

We hope this theme will offer many exciting possibilities for interpretation, exploring the many weirdly wonderful and wonderfully weird aspects of our world. Think about what can be seen through a microscope, what can be imagined of the future or discovered about the past.

All are invited to delve into the awesome, the marvellous, the extraordinary, the Weird and Wonderful.

Nelson Arts Festival team

Festival Office
+64 3 545 8734