2017 Nelson Arts Festival  |  Wed 11-Fri 27 October 


Welcome to the 2017 Nelson Arts Festival. We hope you enjoy the excellent line-up of shows that come to us from all over the world and in all shapes and forms. There are playful clowns from Switzerland in PSS PSS, the infamous Nelson story Maungatapu has its World Premiere, and Kate Sheppard is set to rock the Theatre Royal in the show that's taken the country by storm, That Bloody Woman. And that's just a tiny selection of this year's shows.

There's the ever-popular Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers programme which has 16 events featuring writers from all around the country in discussion about and reading from their writing, plus two Thinking Brunches, panel discussions sure to challenge.

Browse the website or pick up a copy of the brochure from the Nelson City Council, Nelson i-SITE or Nelson libraries. If you would like a copy of the brochure posted to you, email us your postal address and we'll send one to you. 

Nelson Masked Parade & Carnivale

Enrol for the Masked Parade

Date: Friday 27 October 
Theme: We are the World

masks on parade coverThe Masked Parade & Carnivale will wrap-up the 2017 Festival, and what a fabulous way to finish what's sure to be a wonderful 17 days of theatre, music, dance, comedy, cabaret, writer's talks and visual arts. 

This year's Parade theme is a reminder that we are all part of the same world, collectively, not separately. Peoples and places, cultures and creatures, local and global, who and what make up your world?

For mask-making ideas, download Masks on Parade, a free resource booklet compiled by the late great Kim Merry, the instigator of the Masked Parade. 

Email the coordinator of the Masked Parade & Carnivale - Michaela Blackman at nelsonmaskedparade@gmail.com - if you have any questions about this event.


Nelson Arts Festival team

Festival Office
+64 3 545 8734