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See Nelson in a new light this winter!

Mid July sees an explosion of creativity in Nelson as three major art-related events kick off simultaneously on the weekend of 11 – 13 July:  the Nelson Winter Music Festival, Art Expo Nelson and Light Nelson. With 17 days of concerts and live music, over 2000 artworks for sale at the Expo and Light Nelson’s dramatic light-based installations transforming the Queen’s Gardens after dark, there is plenty to entertain, stimulate and inspire.

Find out more about what’s on below.


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Light Nelson is set to brighten up the winter with an outdoor gallery of installations from over 30 artists, in the city’s historic Queens Gardens. Art, science and technology combine in innovative media including laser technology, digital imagery, performance, music and poetry.

Date: Fri 11 July – Sun 13 July 2014
Time: 5.30-9:30pm
Location: Queens Gardens and surrounds, Hardy and Bridge Streets
Entry: free.


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Art Expo Nelson is a three-day show promoting over 1000 artworks from more than 100 South Island artists. Browse unique and affordable art by talented painters, ceramists, sculptors, jewellers, photographers and more. With an onsite café to relax, chat, debate and deliberate over your surrounding art choices.

Fri 11 July - Sun 13 July 2014
Times: Fri 11 July, 10am – 5pm; Sat 12 July, 10am – 6pm; Sun 13 July, 10am – 4pm
Location; Saxton Stadium, 142 Saxton Road East, Stoke
Entry: Adults $5; Seniors & Students $4


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Nelson Winter Music festival opens 11 July 2014 featuring 19 performances with a mix that includes Chamber Music, Jazz, Circus theatre, NZ icons Dave Dobbyn and Don McGlashan.

Nelson by day, Music by night is this year’s theme, evocative of days visiting leafy wineries, browsing galleries and boutique shops, kayaking, or cycling then returning to the city at night for concerts in the Nelson’s heritage venues.

Date: Fri 11- Sun 27 July 2014
Time, Cost & Location: Varies - see programme for details