We're now in planning mode for the 2019 Nelson Arts Festival

Celebrating 25 years!

Key Dates:

  • 18-28 October - Nelson Arts Festival 2019
  • Wednesday 7 August Launch of the Festival Programme
  • Friday 18 October – Mask Parade & Carnivale
  • Friday 25-Monday 28 October – Readers & Writers

This year, the Mask Parade & Carnivale returns to the cherished position as the opening event for the Festival. The Parade theme is Discovery!

Enrol in the Mask Parade and Carnivale!

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Nelson Arts Festival team

Charlie Unwin
Festival Director

Amanda Raine
General Manager

Sarah Wilson

Kerry Sunderland
Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers Programme Coordinator

Michaela Blackman
Mask Parade & Carnivale Coordinator

Wendy Clease
Technical Director

Contact Us


Phone: +64 (0)27 807 0594

Postal address:
PO Box 597
Nelson 7040

Office address:
C/- Founders Heritage Park
87 Atawhai Drive
Nelson 7010

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