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Nelson Farmers Market

Every Wednesday Rain or Shine the Farmers Market comes to Morrison Square bringing you local fresh produce and products from all over the top of the south region. Come down have lunch and sample some incredible deals and taste sensations from the people that grew and made the products themselves!

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Nelson Farmers Market is on these dates:

  • 13th May 2015
  • 20th May 2015
  • 27th May 2015
  • 3rd June 2015
  • 10th June 2015
  • 17th June 2015
  • 24th June 2015
  • 1st July 2015
  • 8th July 2015
  • 15th July 2015
  • 22nd July 2015
  • 29th July 2015
  • 5th August 2015
  • 12th August 2015
  • 19th August 2015
  • 26th August 2015
  • 2nd September 2015
  • 9th September 2015
  • 16th September 2015
  • 23rd September 2015
  • 30th September 2015
  • 7th October 2015
  • 14th October 2015
  • 21st October 2015
  • 28th October 2015
  • 4th November 2015
  • 11th November 2015
  • 18th November 2015
  • 25th November 2015
  • 2nd December 2015
  • 9th December 2015
  • 16th December 2015
  • 23rd December 2015
  • 30th December 2015
  • 6th January 2016
  • 13th January 2016
  • 20th January 2016
  • 27th January 2016
  • 3rd February 2016
  • 10th February 2016
  • 17th February 2016
  • 24th February 2016
  • 2nd March 2016
  • 9th March 2016
  • 16th March 2016
  • 23rd March 2016
  • 30th March 2016
  • 6th April 2016
  • 13th April 2016
  • 20th April 2016
  • 27th April 2016
  • 4th May 2016
  • 11th May 2016
  • 18th May 2016
  • 25th May 2016
  • 1st June 2016
  • 8th June 2016
  • 15th June 2016
  • 22nd June 2016
  • 29th June 2016
  • 6th July 2016
  • 13th July 2016
  • 20th July 2016
  • 27th July 2016
  • 3rd August 2016
  • 10th August 2016
  • 17th August 2016
  • 24th August 2016
  • 31st August 2016
  • 7th September 2016
  • 14th September 2016
  • 21st September 2016
  • 28th September 2016
  • 5th October 2016
  • 12th October 2016
  • 19th October 2016
  • 26th October 2016
  • 2nd November 2016
  • 9th November 2016
  • 16th November 2016
  • 23rd November 2016
  • 30th November 2016
  • 7th December 2016
  • 14th December 2016
  • 21st December 2016
  • 28th December 2016
  • 4th January 2017
  • 11th January 2017
  • 18th January 2017
  • 25th January 2017
  • 1st February 2017
  • 8th February 2017
  • 15th February 2017
  • 22nd February 2017
  • 1st March 2017
  • 8th March 2017
  • 15th March 2017
  • 22nd March 2017
  • 29th March 2017
  • 5th April 2017
  • 12th April 2017
  • 19th April 2017
  • 26th April 2017
  • 3rd May 2017
  • 10th May 2017
  • 17th May 2017
  • 24th May 2017
  • 31st May 2017
  • 7th June 2017
  • 14th June 2017
  • 21st June 2017
  • 28th June 2017
  • 5th July 2017
  • 12th July 2017
  • 19th July 2017
  • 26th July 2017
  • 2nd August 2017
  • 9th August 2017
  • 16th August 2017
  • 23rd August 2017
  • 30th August 2017
  • 6th September 2017
  • 13th September 2017
  • 20th September 2017
  • 27th September 2017
  • 4th October 2017
  • 11th October 2017
  • 18th October 2017
  • 25th October 2017
  • 1st November 2017
  • 8th November 2017
  • 15th November 2017
  • 22nd November 2017
  • 29th November 2017
  • 6th December 2017
  • 13th December 2017
  • 20th December 2017
  • 27th December 2017
  • 3rd January 2018
  • 10th January 2018
  • 17th January 2018
  • 24th January 2018
  • 31st January 2018
  • 7th February 2018
  • 14th February 2018
  • 21st February 2018
  • 28th February 2018
  • 7th March 2018
  • 14th March 2018
  • 21st March 2018
  • 28th March 2018
  • 4th April 2018
  • 11th April 2018
  • 18th April 2018
  • 25th April 2018
Takaka Library: German Language Nest

If you’re wanting to keep German alive in your family, cosy up with your kids at Takaka Library’s new German Language Nest.

Sessions are facilitated by our German-speaking Children’s Librarian, Doris Symmons. The Nest aims to foster the spoken German language for children, by sharing stories, songs, rhymes, craft and everyday speech.

Meeting on the last Monday of every month (except during school holidays), sessions will alternate between the library and an outside venue elsewhere in the community.

Phone Doris, 03 525 0059 for more details on date and venue.

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Takaka Library: German Language Nest is on these dates:

  • 29th February 2016
  • 28th March 2016
  • 30th May 2016
  • 27th June 2016
  • 25th July 2016
  • 29th August 2016
  • 31st October 2016
  • 28th November 2016
Richmond Library: Job Finders Club

Are you between jobs? Would coaching, computer skills or interview tips help? Drop-in between 11am-12pm to find out how we might help you.

The first two - three of months of Job Finders Club, our drop-in sessions will focus on finding out what our job seekers need and how we can help.

We’ll use this information to develop an ongoing programme of training and support. Individual coaching and advice will also be available at the weekly sessions.

Come along to Richmond Library to find out how we can help you find the job you're looking for!

Free.

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Richmond Library: Job Finders Club is on these dates:

  • 13th April 2016
  • 20th April 2016
  • 27th April 2016
  • 4th May 2016
  • 11th May 2016
  • 18th May 2016
  • 25th May 2016
  • 1st June 2016
  • 8th June 2016
  • 15th June 2016
  • 22nd June 2016
  • 29th June 2016
  • 6th July 2016
  • 13th July 2016
  • 20th July 2016
  • 27th July 2016
  • 3rd August 2016
  • 10th August 2016
  • 17th August 2016
  • 24th August 2016
  • 31st August 2016
  • 7th September 2016
  • 14th September 2016
  • 21st September 2016
  • 28th September 2016
  • 5th October 2016
  • 12th October 2016
  • 19th October 2016
  • 26th October 2016
  • 2nd November 2016
  • 9th November 2016
  • 16th November 2016
  • 23rd November 2016
  • 30th November 2016
  • 7th December 2016
  • 14th December 2016
  • 21st December 2016
Comedy Grind Cabaret

Comedy Grind is back as Comedy Grind Cabaret!

Hosted by seasoned performers Mike O'Malley and Steve Wilson (both alumni of The Deep End improv group), Comedy Grind Cabaret is a showcase for live comedy and music performance in Nelson. Mike and Steve are joined by a group of regulars, performing stand-up, sketch and improv in a yurt, much as they do in Mongolia. Musicians are welcome to mix things up.

Every week there's something exciting and new, so come join us for a beer and some laughs. Audience participation is encouraged, but not mandatory.

One of the main goals of Comedy Grind Cabaret is to provide aspiring comedians and musicians with the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience. We strive to create a supportive environment for performers to hone their skills and not be afraid to fail. If you'd like to perform some material, tell a story or a joke or sing a song, just show up and let us know. That's less work for us!

And remember, if you don't like it, it was free so stop complaining!

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Comedy Grind Cabaret is on these dates:

  • 23rd June 2016
  • 7th July 2016
  • 14th July 2016
  • 21st July 2016
  • 4th August 2016
  • 11th August 2016
  • 18th August 2016
  • 1st September 2016
  • 8th September 2016
  • 15th September 2016
  • 22nd September 2016
  • 6th October 2016
  • 13th October 2016
  • 20th October 2016
Takaka Library: Basic Coding From Scratch

Try out your skill at computer coding with this one off taster course.

Amanda Clarke, computer programmer for over 15 years, is using Scratch to introduce children to basic coding. With Scratch you can programme your own interactive stories, games and animations.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively - essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.

Bring your own laptop. Spaces limited, booking essential. To book phone: 03 525 0059.

Cost: $10

Suitable for children age 9-12 years old.

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Takaka Library: Basic Coding From Scratch is on these dates:

  • 28th September 2016
  • 29th September 2016
Richmond Library: Dragon Workshop

Join experienced children's art tutor Aurelie Chambers and make your very own air clay fantasy dragon to take home with you.

For ages 8-14 years old.

There are limited places, so registration is essential. To register, phone: 03 543 8500 or ask at Richmond Library.

Materials supplied. Please wear old clothes. Minimum number of registrations required for the workshop to go ahead.

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Motueka Library: Reading to Jazz

Jazz is a dog that loves listening to books. Do you have a favourite picture book that you would like to read to her?

If your child lacks confidence with reading, Jazz provides a fun, non-threatening reading ear. Jazz is an unofficial reading dog who loves having children read to her.

Jazz and her owner read at a local kindergarten and school.

Sessions will be limited to 10 minutes. Bookings essential.

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Motueka Library: Kate and Caboodle

Join guest author and reading gran Jerri Pirc for a delightful story and activity.

Jerri's book Kate and Caboodle is an illustrated book for children about Kate's family of birds and animals that has grown so big that they need to move house.

Jerri will be accompanied by her reading dog Jazz, and children are welcome to read to her after the session.

Free family fun for 3-7 year olds. Booking is essential as places are limited.

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Richmond Library: Science Stars - Rocket Powered #1

Discover the secret science of flight with teacher Amy Johnson as we explore the aerodynamics of rockets.

Enjoy weird and wonderful experiments that defy gravity to help our own mini rockets blast off.

This workshop is for children age 4-7 years old.

For more information visit www.sciencestars.co.

Numbers are limited to 15. Bookings are essential. Phone 03 543 8500 or visit Richmond Library to book your place. Payment is required at the time of booking.

Cost: $5.

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Richmond Library: Science Stars - Rocket Powered #2

Discover the secret science of flight with teacher Amy Johnson as we explore the aerodynamics of rockets.

Enjoy weird and wonderful experiments that defy gravity to help our own mini rockets blast off.

This workshop is for children age 8-10 years old.

For more information visit www.sciencestars.co.

Numbers are limited to 15. Bookings are essential. Phone 03 543 8500 or visit Richmond Library to book your place. Payment is required at the time of booking.

Cost: $5.

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Motueka Library: Construction Makerspace

Construct and create with Meccano and Connecta at Motueka Library.

Build a solar rechargeable space fleet, or some Meccano dinosaurs. Or how about using our Connecta straws to assemble three dimensional structures? You could also create your own spider with nuts and bolts, or build a Meccano racing car and motorcycle.

Be adventurous - let your building skills loose with these great construction sets.

For 9 years and older. Bookings essential as places are limited.

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International Day of Older Persons celebration

Seniors Week is on in Nelson between 26th September and 2nd October. Age Concern Nelson Tasman and Nelson City Council are delighted to be working in partnership to bring you events to celebrate positive and active ageing.
We're inviting anyone over 65 to join us in a celebratory afternoon. We're putting on a delicious afternoon tea, as well as fabulous entertainment from the Off Your Rockers choir, who are all over 65, but love to sing songs with a bit of oomph!
This is a free event but numbers are limited, so please register with us if you'd like to come along.

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Takaka Library: Book Launch - Gordon Challis

Join Golden Bay poet Gordon Challis for the launch of his new book Selected Poems.

Gordon Challis has been writing poetry for much of his life. Selected Poems is his fourth published collection after Building, Other Side of the Brain and Luck of the Bounce.

His poems have also been published in The Listener and Landfall.

Selected Poems will be available for purchase at the book launch.

You are invited to stay for a cup of tea and a chat at the end of the launch.

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Dawn Godwit Blessing

2016: Godwit (Kuaka) Blessing

Friends of Motueka Estuaries welcome the godwits (kuaka) to our shores on Friday 30th September.

We would like to formally invite the public to join us for a dawn blessing (Kaupapa). In attendance will be representatives from DOC, members of Te Ātiawa, Ngati Rarua (and associated groups) and Birding NZ members.

Note the change of date and time from earlier years. This is a dawn blessing.

Date: Friday 30th Sept.
Time: 6.30am -7.30am
Place: Motueka Old Wharf, Located on Motueka Quay

Stay for complimentary soup and buns (courtesy of DOC).

Photo © Rebecca Bowater FPSNZ AFIAP. Published with permission.

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Sir Geoffrey Palmer talk

Sir Geoffrey Palmer, ( in conjunction with Dr Andrew Butler, constitutional expert and Law Foundation Chair), has produced an unofficial model constitution for New Zealand. This talk aims to focus attention and stimulate debate on the current confusing status of New Zealand's 'constitution', and on a possible solution.
"I think you have to look at the basic institutions of government, define their powers and set them out. This could be easily covered in 40-pages," Palmer said. "It would have to be easy to understand. You don't want it written in legal gobbledegook. It has to be an instrument that ordinary people can get to grips with."
Along with the United Kingdom and Israel, New Zealand was alone in not having a written, codified constitution.

Palmer is a former Attorney-General, Minister of Justice, Leader of the House, and Prime Minster. He's been President of the Law Commission, a multi-jurisdictional law professor (holding four honorary doctorates), is a member of the NZLS Rule of Law Committee and was chair of a highly sensitive United Nations inquiry. Palmer's latest honorary title is Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple.

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The Nelson Youth Jazz Collective

The "Nelson Youth Jazz Collective" presents 2 sets of swinging jazz including such classics as "Summertime" "Bags Groove" " It Don't Mean a Thing" and "Green Onions". Come down and support these talented Guys and Gals. ( Warning : includes Vocal numbers).

Entry $5 on the door.

Evening cafe and bar available from 5pm. Grab a drink, order a meal and enjoy the show over dinner. See you there!

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Off the Cuff : Oh, the places ...

The OE is like a rite of passage for New Zealanders, whether it’s backpacking through Europe, trekking in Nepal, a spiritual excursion to India or the bright lights of America. But we also have the best little country in the world with the golden sands of Kaiteriteri, mountainbiking in Rotorua, skiing in Queenstown or camping on the West Coast.

So leave your passport at home and come on down to Off the Cuff: Oh, the places, Nelson’s improv troupe at the Playhouse Cafe on Friday 30 September and let’s see where we’ll go.

Oh, the places …

We might fight battles with dragons, fly a spaceship to Mars, win a gun battle in the Old Wild West or have a whirlwind romance with Ryan Gosling in Paris. Some of this might require a past life, time travel or amazing luck, but with a great imagination we can go all these places and more.

So join us as we go to the places you’ve only ever dreamed of for your adventure trip of a lifetime.

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Cruise Control Band at The Mapua Sprig and Fern

Be entertained and dance the night away to the beat and groove of Cruise Control, a 3-piece boogie and rock 'n roll band. Hear the songs of Van Morrison, James Taylor, Neil Young, Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, America, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Credence Clearwater Revival and many other great artists from recent times.

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The Suter Art Gallery Reopening Day

The Suter Art Gallery is excited to open their redeveloped Bridge St site. Enjoy a day of family fun, art, music and explore their new premise.

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Live Music series - Nelson Public Libary

Our first concert features the Uklectics, an all female band with a unique slant on covers and originals from folk to punk, country to rock. With a unique twist and four part harmony. They are about having fun and entertaining.

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Apple Grafting Day

The Nelson branch of the NZ Tree Crops Association invites you to an apple grafting day on Sunday October 2nd from 10 am to 3pm.
This will be an opportunity to come along and learn about grafting (and if you wish, take home your own grafted apple tree, for a small fee - grafted trees from $10). Helpful Treecroppers will be on hand to assist.

There will be apple rootstocks available to graft onto. Some small apple trees will also be available for topworking – allowing for multiple grafts on a single tree. Scionwood from a wide range including heritage apples will be available, such as Bramley, Blenheim Orange, Geheimrat Oldenburg, Gravenstein, Sturmer Pippin and Altlander Pfannkuchenapfel.
We have access to an ample covered area so will be able to go ahead rain or shine.

Further information at www.mapuacountrystore.co.nz and www.treecrops.org.nz

For any queries please contact Annie at treecropsnelson@gmail.com

The New Zealand Tree Crops Association is a voluntary organisation promoting interest in useful trees, such as those producing fruit, nuts, timber, fuel, wood, stock fodder, bee forage and other useful crops.

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Destination Wakefield!

Pigeon Valley Steam Museum will be all go with traction engine and jigger rides and an array of steam driven machinery. Museums and sheds will be open to wander through and muse over.
Wakefield Bike Hire could be the way to go to visit all Wakefield has on offer today!
Wakefield Bakery could be your next stop for a succulent morsel or two to stave off the hunger pangs and then it's just a wee way down the road to Willowbank miniature village where each historic building has its own unique collection from our past on display. A special feature is the living willow shade house.
Not far away Villa Grove Estate is a boutique olive oil venture where you can see for yourself how the finished product is grown and produced.
Carol's Emporium is chock full of secondhand goods and collectibles and Wakefield Bistro at the historic Wakefield Hotel is a family friendly place for a meal.
Burn off some energy at Armageddon Paintball and then recharge at Wakefield Bakery...

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Richmond Library: Book Launch - Kate and Caboodle

Hear local author Jerri Pirc read her debut book Kate and Caboodle, followed by a weird and wonderful craft session.

The craft session could get messy, so make sure you wear old clothes.

Suitable for children age 3-6 years old. Preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult.

Numbers are limited to 20. Phone 03 543 8500 or book at the library to secure your place.

Find out more about Jerri at www.jerrijpirc.com.

Cash sales only of Kate and Caboodle available at the event, $18.

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Kidpower Workshop - HOPE - 16-10

Building confidence and personal safety skills through hands-on practice with highly qualified instructors.

Using examples and activities we’ll practice skills to:

- Show awareness and confidence
- Move away from possible problems
- Use voice as a safety tool
- Deal with bullying
- Take the power out of mean words
- Get help from busy adults – and persist!

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Takaka Library: Carol Marshall - The Hungry Praying Mantis!

Come to the library to hear author Carol Marshall read her charming stories The Hungry Little Praying Mantis, and I am Loved.

In the first book, meet the hungry little praying mantis and find out what she eats all day! This entertaining book will delight young ones and introduce them to the fascinating world of insects.

Then, in the second book, a heart-warming story is told from a child's perspective of discovering the depth of a parent's love. "I am loved when I am happy, I am loved when I am sad, I am loved when I am good, I am loved when I am bad."

Singing likely with the readings of both books!

Suitable for children aged 3-6 years. Preschoolers welcome with an adult.

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Fullpower Victory - for Women and Teenage Girls

Practise setting clear and caring boundaries with your loved ones.

Gain effective skills and the confidence to take charge and get help when in trouble, threatened, harassed, bullied or assaulted.

Using examples relevant to adults of all ages, we’ll practice skills to:

- Set and protect personal boundaries

- Deal with sexual harassment / unwanted attention

- Project an attitude of awareness and confidence

- Use voice as a safety tool

- Take charge of emotional triggers

- Deal confidently and effectively with verbal aggression

- Stop aggressive confrontations before they start with a few simple habits

- Use powerful physical self-defense skills that need little strength and no ongoing practice. This workshop includes full force practice with a padded instructor.

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Kidpower Workshop - Part of VICTORY COMMUNITY holiday programme

Building confidence and personal safety skills through hands-on practice with highly qualified instructors.

Using examples and activities we’ll practice skills to:

- Show awareness and confidence
- Move away from possible problems
- Use voice as a safety tool
- Deal with bullying
- Take the power out of mean words
- Get help from busy adults – and persist!

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Motueka Library: Paper Flowers Workshop

Join us for a vibrant, fun and stimulating workshop making delightful paper flowers.

This workshop is for 13-16 year olds.

Places are limited so bookings are essential. Register and pay by Friday 30 September to secure your place.

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Richmond Library: Create Weird and Wonderful Deep Sea Creatures

Create weird and wonderful deep sea creatures at this fascinating workshop!

First, learn about the weird and wonderful deep sea creatures that inhabit our oceans, then by 'breaking' apart a multitude of electronic devices 'make' your own deep sea creature.

Hot glue guns and drills will be used in this fantastically weird workshop!

Suitable for children aged 8-10 years. The workshop is limited to 20 participants so register at the library to confirm your booking. Payment is required at the time of booking.

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Richmond Library: My Ultimate Balloon Twisting Experience

Flossie the Balloon Lady will guide you in learning the weird and wacky art of balloon twisting. Create your own weird and wonderful balloon hat to take home.

Suitable for 5-12 year olds.

Book at the library. Payment required at the time of booking. Numbers are limited to 25 participants.

Cost: $7.

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The Asteroid Impact Hazard

Dr. Duncan Steel, BSc (Hons), MSc, DIC, PhD, FRAS , physicist, space scientist, writer, and broadcaster will give a presentation to the astronomy section of the Nelson Science Society on "The Asteroid Impact Hazard".

Dr. Steel is author to five books and numerous publications including his book, "Rogue Asteroids and Doomsday Comets: Wiley, New York, 1995".

Dr. Steel is now based in Nelson and is actively working on several science projects including visiting appointments as a Professor of Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham, England; as an Astronomer at the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland; and as a Space Scientist at NASA-Ames Research Center in California. During May-June 2014 Dr. Steel spent a couple of months at the University of Western Ontario in Canada working on meteors with my good buddies there.

There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions and open audience discussion. Non-NSS members $2 donation entry please.

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Folk Night

A fun and friendly gathering of folk musicians. Join in or just listen.

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Takaka Library: Armchair Adventures - Canada to Mexico

In June 2016, Takaka's Brian Alder took on the Tour Divide Challenge with 160 other mountain bikers from around the world.

Travelling self-supported they raced 4418kms from Canada to Mexico, criss-crossing the continental divide on dirt roads and single track trails.

Brian's illustrated talk about his experience and the new cycling discipline of bikepacking will take you on a unique, and incredible, journey.

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Kidpower Workshop - MOTUEKA - 16-10

Building confidence and personal safety skills through hands-on practice with highly qualified instructors.

Using examples and activities we’ll practice skills to:

- Show awareness and confidence
- Move away from possible problems
- Use voice as a safety tool
- Deal with bullying
- Take the power out of mean words
- Get help from busy adults – and persist!

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Greg Copeland and Steve 'Guitar' Gilles New Zealand Tour

"When I sing I want you to feel my hurt, my pain, my happiness and my sadness. I want to ask for forgiveness if I did something wrong and forgive people if they have done me wrong. All these things I try to do with my music."
Greg Copeland

On his side is good friend Steve 'Guitar' Gilles, playing the acoustic guitar and resonator slide as well as blues harp.

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Sunrise Walk For Wellbeing

JOIN US AND HELP
DESTIGMATISE DEPRESSION
AND PROMOTE
MENTAL WELLBEING
with a 6km Nelson airport perimeter walk beginning in the dark and ending with the sunrise, followed by light refreshments, music by Bryce Wastney and a few words from a Nelsonian on his own journey through depression. There will be mental health help and advice available after the walk.

Wear something yellow

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Sunrise Walk For Wellbeing is on these dates:

  • 8th October 2016
  • 9th October 2016
Biker's Brunch

Turn up, talk riding & receive a free bacon butty and coffee. Be in with a chance of winning some free riding gear and a training course. Test out your riding skills on an obstacle course.
All riders on all types of bikes and of all ages are encouraged to turn up for this motorcycle morning.

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Hard-Hitting Roller Derby Action

The Sirens play against Hellmilton Roller Ghouls' travelling team, Raggedy Angst.
Come along for a night of fast hard-hitting roller derby action. Food available and an R18 bar.
Tickets at the door.

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SONGS OF THE BALKANS

Musica Balkanica was formed in Christchurch in 2004 by a group of enthusiasts to celebrate and share the rich musical heritage of the Balkan region of Eastern Europe.
The choir’s repertoire includes sacred songs from the Christian Orthodox liturgy, in Old Slavonic, Serbo-Croatian and Romanian, as well as folk songs in a variety of languages, including Bulgarian, Greek, Hungarian, Romanian, and the Slavonic languages of former Yugoslavia.
Tonight the choir is pleased to present a program celebrating folk music from the region.

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Karaoke Night

A fundraising Karaoke evening for the Upper Moutere and Mahana Schools.

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Antipodes

This leading NZ-OZ jazz band draws from modern New York jazz to Swedish indie pop & European free improvised music. Prepare to be taken in by introspective, timbral improvisations & then set to foot-tapping with danceable beats, songlike melodies & virtuosic soloing.

After the concert members of Antipodes will host late-night jazz jam session, so bring your axe for an opportunity to play with these incredible musicians!

Antipodes was formed in Berlin in 2013. The musical connection was immediately apparent & they began writing & performing original compositions together. This year's Freedman Jazz finalist, Sweeting from Sydney is a pianist known for his indelible work with a jazz-improv group the Grey Wing Trio. Saxophonist Baxendale, a key force behind the burgeoning Kiwi band The Jac, is one of the most energetic forces coming from the Wellington jazz scene.

Guitarist Callum Allardice is a performer & composer of note, having received the inaugural APRA Best Jazz Composition Award. Joining the band at the Fairfield House concert are two Auckland musicians; expat Sydney-based bassist & National Jazz Awards Finalist Tom Botting and one of Sydney's leading drummers, Tim Geldens.

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Abel Tasman Coastal Classic 2016

The Sea. The Sky. The Sand. The Run. New Zealand's premier trail run on The Abel Tasman Coast Track.

Come stride into paradise.

Entry is limited.

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Eye Fitness One Day Workshop

Learn to see clearly without prescription lenses or surgery.

Imagine reading the menu without having to search for your glasses. Or recognizing a friend in the distance with your own eyes. The Janet Goodrich Method offers you the ability to free yourself from prescription lenses with a whole person approach to eyesight that addresses the causes, not just the symptoms of visual blur.

In this enjoyable and relaxing workshop you will learn:
- How lifestyle and daily habits affect your visual system, and how to use your eyes without strain.
- Specific vision activities to relax and flex the muscles and lens of the eye.
- How emotional factors affect different vision types.
- How to set up your individual home program, and more.

Presented by Carina Goodrich, author and natural vision instructor of more than 20 years experience.

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Weeders and Planters Workshop

Members of existing environmental groups, or anyone interested in joining a group or starting a new one can come along to a free workshop on controlling environmental weeds. The workshop will include an introduction to Nelson Nature and a talk on the impact of environmental weeds in Nelson.

Volunteer groups Project DeVine and the Tasman Environment Trust will talk about the lessons they have learned and there will be an overview from other local groups about what is happening and how to get involved.

Weed control specialists will give advice and there will be a practical demonstration of how to deal with some of the weeds that are threatening our local ecosystem.

Morning and afternoon tea will be provided; BYO lunch. Please RSVP to Susan susan.moore-lavo@ncc.govt.nz or on 545 8742 and tell us if you are currently active on any conservation projects in the region.

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Pet Service

Annual Pet Service at Nelson Cathedral

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Beatlemania on Tour

Showtime invites you "across the universe" on a "magical mystery tour" exploring the Beatles' "revolution" in popular music and culture. Employing authentic "Beatle" instruments, amplifiers and costumes, coupled with faithful renditions of your favourite Beatle classics "The Beatles Experience" recreates the spirit of the "Fab Four" in ways that have audiences raving about them "Eight days a week".

Musically, no detail is overlooked to re-create the true sound and excitement of The Beatles, with every song performed totally live and in its original key. Visually, the presentation is as close to the real thing as you can imagine...Close your eyes, could it really be them?

Quality stage outfits range from early Cavern days through to Beatle mania.

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Motueka Library: Garden Talk and Workshop

Discover which plants attract the birds, bees and other beneficial insects to your garden.

Learn how attracting birds, butterflies and bees to your garden adds ambience and helps our environment.

Make a bird feeder to help create a bird and butterfly friendly habitat.

Join us to participate in Motueka Library's Seed Swap. Exchange your dry saved seeds with one another.

Get information and advice from Darlene and Penny, two well-known gardeners from the Plant Barn.

Bookings required. Call 03 528 1047 to book your spot.

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ART & ALCHEMY - Debra Hardcastle & Friends

Free entertainment thanks to Pic's and Nelson Arts Festival. The Granary Festival Café is home to an exciting line-up of local and visiting musicians.

A return to the Granary Gigs for Nelson raised and seasoned performer, Deb Hardcastle. Stylish vocals and sensitive interpretations of material, eclectic as it is, featuring jazz, folk and blues. Deb will be joined by some fabulous musicians weaving their magic on guitar and keys.

Come early and enjoy a fine local beverage and a snack from Harry’s before heading to the Festival Mainstage. Or you’re welcome to come and enjoy some free entertainment courtesy of the Nelson Arts Festival and Pic’s.

Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs have been known to fill up quickly.

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Guy Masterson - SHYLOCK

Villain, victim or someone far more intriguing? Shylock explores the tragic, tempestuous, often unbelievable life of fiction’s most famous Jew.

Shylock has always divided opinion. There is no doubt he is hard done by in The Merchant of Venice, but does he bring it on himself? As one of only two Jewish men in the whole of Shakespeare, he has been portrayed in ways that reflected how Jews were popularly viewed – from comic villain
to a victim of racial discrimination.

This award-winning, poignant, powerful yet humorous performance brings us Shylock afresh in one of the most globally successful solo shows of the last decade.

“Innovative, delightful, exceptional!”
THE INDEPENDENT

“This is as good as theatre gets ... A privilege to watch.” LIVERPOOL POST

Written & directed by Gareth Armstrong
Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

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Pacific Pioneers to the Niu Wave

Free entertainment thanks to Pic's and Nelson Arts Festival. The Granary Festival Café is home to an exciting line-up of local and visiting musicians.

Ni Sa Bula Vinaka - Talofa - Malo e lelei - Kia orana - Fakalofa lahi atu

Pacific Pioneers to Niu Wave celebrates Pacific musical pioneers in the Nelson region who have contributed to the development of a local Pacific identify. They weave traditional songs with the influences of musical modernity, into a fun, moving and energetic evening.

Come early and enjoy a fine local beverage and a snack from Harry’s before heading to the Festival Mainstage. Or you’re welcome to come and enjoy some free entertainment courtesy of the Nelson Arts Festival and Pic’s.

Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs have been known to fill up quickly.

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Guy Masterson - Under Milk Wood - SOLD OUT

Celebrating a day in the life of Llareggub - a small seaside village somewhere in Wales - all 69 ebullient inhabitants in Dylan Thomas' timeless masterpiece are hilariously recreated in an amazing feat of memory and virtuosity.

Complemented by a stunning original soundscape, it's bawdy and beautiful, sad and sensual and, through the music of language, leaves indelible, unforgettable images of humanity.

Made famous by Richard Burton's legendary recording in 1954, Guy Masterson (Burton's nephew) brings the entire work to vivid life on stage.

"It's a feat of multiple characterisation, impeccable timing, vocal dexterity and precise physical control, performed with tremendous sensitivity and panache!" THE GUARDIAN

"Absolutely wonderful, intensely therapeutic, intensely uplifting! Guy Masterson is something exceptional!" BBC RADIO SCOTLAND

Written by Dylan Thomas
Directed by Tony Boncza
Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival

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Gown of the Year

Grab your garments out of your closet and put them on display. Gown of the year is an opportuinity to showcase in the following competiton categories, Ball Gowns, New Generation Wedding Dresses, Vintage Wedding Dresses, and Fashionable art.
Entry to compete is $5.00 per/item (items must be on a model)
Ticket enty for the night is $10.00 p/ticket (kids under 10 free)

Tickets available from the Motueka Recreation Centre - on sale now.

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Witi Ihimaera - Weaving a Story - SOLD OUT

Award-winning author and consummate storyteller Witi Ihimaera is one of our finest writers.

Described by Metro magazine as ‘part oracle, part memorialist’, his fiction draws on his life’s experience. His latest book, Maori Boy: A Memoir of Childhood, is an honest and stirring account of the family and community into which Ihimaera was born, of his early life in rural New Zealand, of family secrets, of facing anguish and challenges, and of laughter and love.

Maori Boy: A Memoir of Childhood – Winner of the Ockham New Zealand Book Award 2016 for General Non-Fiction.

Hear Witi Ihimaera in conversation with Nelson counsellor and avid reader Liz Price.

Part of the Nelson Arts Festival Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers events.

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The Hermsen Sisters Band

Free entertainment thanks to Pic's and Nelson Arts Festival. The Granary Festival Café is home to an exciting line-up of local and visiting musicians.

Brought up in a family surrounded by music, the Hermsen sisters have been inspired to play country tunes with reggae and Cajun influences, and along with their talented band, will perform a mix of popular and less well-known songs from their favourite artists.

Come early and enjoy a fine local beverage and a snack from Harry’s before heading to the Festival Mainstage. Or you’re welcome to come and enjoy some free entertainment courtesy of the Nelson Arts Festival and Pic’s.

Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs have been known to fill up quickly.

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DJ TrueGrit

Free entertainment thanks to Pic's and Nelson Arts Festival. The Granary Festival Café is home to an exciting line-up of local and visiting musicians.

DJ TrueGrit was a child during the golden (and orange and brown) era of the 60s and 70s and is looking forward to presenting her tribute to those far off days - a set of lounge classics. So chill out and cruise back to simpler times. There will be cheese, and plenty of it.

Come early and enjoy a fine local beverage and a snack from Harry’s before heading to the Festival Mainstage. Or you’re welcome to come and enjoy some free entertainment courtesy of the Nelson Arts Festival and Pic’s.

Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs have been known to fill up quickly.

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NCG Twilight in the Trees Gala

Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy our students showcasing music and entertainment, food and other stalls, silent auctions, raffles and chocolate wheel. All welcome!

• Cooking demonstrations by local chefs
• Music + entertainment
• Food stalls + refreshments
• Other stalls including pre-loved fashion
• Face painting /story telling
• Silent auctions
• Raffles
• Chocolate wheel
• Other activities

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Takaka Library: Armchair Adventures - Iran

Backpack with Rachele as she relives her two month trip from the Persian Gulf, through the desert and on to the mountains and the Black Sea, sharing insights and inspiration along the way.

This really is a trip off the beaten track!

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The Kugels

The Kugels will play traditional Klezmer music, the haunting folk music of Jewish people from Eastern and Central Europe.

Also included in the programme will be evocative original works by New Zealand composer and Arts Laureate, Ross Harris.

The members of the Kugels are Robin Perks (violin), Ross Harris (accordion), Deborah Rawson (clarinet and saxophone) and Jaqueline Nordon (double bass).

The Kugels are presented by Arts on Tour New Zealand in association with the Motueka Music Group.

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An evening with Don McGlashan & Shayne Carter

Two of New Zealand’s most lauded songwriters – Don McGlashan (Blam Blam Blam, The Front Lawn, Muttonbirds) and Shayne Carter (Bored Games, Straitjacket Fits, Doublehappys, Dimmer, The Adults) – team up for a very special evening of music.

“We’re going to play a bunch of tunes we curated ourselves. We went through each other’s back catalogues. Shayne searched mine for the dark stuff and I searched his for the sweet and soothing songs.” Don McGlashan

Whether exploring dark gems or bringing new rough-hewn diamonds into the light for the first time, these two fine musicians put four hands to many instruments to bring you music that is meant to be experienced up close.

“If you ever wanted a demonstration of the idea that true mastery comes with long practice, this concert was it.” DAVID LARSEN, METRO

“A perfect example of what real songs sound like.” WHAT’S ON, NZ

Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

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Triumphs and Other Alternatives

Triumphs and Other Alternatives collides sculpture with gutsy performance to create a stunning new form of dance theatre.

The show explores the obsession and delusional joys that exist at the heart of the creative process, told through an expressive and poetic performance language. The central character is performed by Ross McCormack, a New Zealand dancer acclaimed internationally. McCormack plays a creator, confounded and enraptured by the works of art he makes.

Triumphs and Other Alternatives has delighted and deeply touched audiences in New Zealand and Australia, with one reviewer noting “I gave it a standing ovation, and continue to applaud it today”.

“A low rumble in the background builds to the musical score. McCormack emerges as the ‘Maker’ character – a sculptor, a mad scientist, a perfectionist who manipulates his ‘Creations’... this really is a perfect example of dance theatre ... It is a work of art”. THEATREVIEW

Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

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Stacy Gregg - A SPARKLING DIAMOND

As a young girl Stacy Gregg wanted to be two things when she grew up – a horse rider and a writer. She has achieved both!

Her brand-new novel, her 21st book, The Diamond Horse, is an epic Russian adventure complete with secrets, a sparkling diamond necklace, a frozen palace, friendship, survival and horses.

Come along to hear her in conversation with Nelson Intermediate school student, fan and horse-lover Harriet Allen.

Part of the Nelson Arts Festival, Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers events.

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Alice Galletly - CRAFTING BEER

Time to sit back, have a Founders Showhopper and find out How to Have a Beer.

Alice Galletly – dedicated beer-drinker, instigator of the blog Beer for a Year: 365 beers in 365 days, avid fan and advocate of New Zealand’s brewing industry,
and former deputy editor of Dish magazine – will chat with journalist Naomi Arnold about her new book How to Have a Beer.

Prepare to be entertained and informed, and learn how to drink your beer like a pro.

Part of the Nelson Arts Festival, Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers events.

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Home Brew Competition

At 11.30. Talk by an International Judge. What to look for when brewing at home. Helpful information on what judges look for in competitions.
Entries to arrive by 10.30, tasting and judging commences at 12.30.Lots of prizes for the best in each class.
Register your entry by 13th October by email.
Brewers will be notified if their beer could have a chance at the National competitions (soba.org.nz) in early November.
A chance to meet other brewers especially if you are new to the hobby.

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Cover Me

Free entertainment thanks to Pic's and Nelson Arts Festival. The Granary Festival Café is home to an exciting line-up of local and visiting musicians.

Like Halley's Comet, some things only come round when the Universe is ready.

Meet Cover Me, a collaboration of some of NZ's finest musicians who have found themselves living in our town. Mixing funk, soul, jazz, dance, RnB and rock influences with a fantastically high performance energy, you'll certainly know when you've seen a Cover Me show.

Come early and enjoy a fine local beverage and a snack from Harry’s before heading to the Festival Mainstage. Or you’re welcome to come and enjoy some free entertainment courtesy of the Nelson Arts Festival and Pic’s.

Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs have been known to fill up quickly.

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Dr Huup DJ

Free entertainment thanks to Pic's and Nelson Arts Festival. The Granary Festival Café is home to an exciting line-up of local and visiting musicians.

Dr Huup, physician of phyne tunes!

With aroma jockey Politica – they take you on a flight of fancy to be head over heels….

Come early and enjoy a fine local beverage and a snack from Harry’s before heading to the Festival Mainstage. Or you’re welcome to come and enjoy some free entertainment courtesy of the Nelson Arts Festival and Pic’s.

Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs have been known to fill up quickly.

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Hot Latin Salsa Dance Party

DJ Uli back in town from Colombia with best Latin & Salsa dance music
@ Nelson's Boathouse Saturday 15th October from 8pm & surprise shows
@ just $8 door charge.

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Mighty Duke & The Lords

With their crisp linen suits, sharp-witted lyrics and ridiculously infectious music, Mighty Duke & The Lords are sure to provide the Neudorf crowd with a rollicking good afternoon of music, merriment and dancing.

Comprising members of Melbourne Ska Orchestra, The Lucksmiths, Suitcase Royale and NO ZU; Mighty Duke & The Lords’ live performances deliver infectious rhythms combined with the sort of raw energy that coats the stage in sweat and coconut water.

Whether on land or at sea, Mighty Duke & The Lords keep the party shaking until the fish have gone to sleep!

“Mighty Duke & The Lords give you a reason to party!” FORTEMAG

“Mighty Duke & The Lords are unquestionably one of Australia’s coolest calypso bands.” TONEDEAF

Glen Walton, Vocals & Guitar
Wally Maloney, Vocals & Trombone
Mark Monnone, Double Bass
Cam Hassard, Saxophone
Steve Sajkowsky, Drums

Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

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Peter Simpson - BLOOMSBURY SOUTH

Art historian Peter Simpson will give an illustrated lecture on the remarkable rise and fall of The Group.

Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch, 1933–1953, explores a time in which painters lived with writers, writers promoted musicians, in which the different forms of art were deeply intertwined.

Find out about the aesthetic clashes of The Group; Colin McCahon’s and James K. Baxter’s friendship; Denis Glover’s and Leo Bensemann’s work at the Caxton Press; and Ngaio Marsh’s productions at the Little Theatre.

Part of the Nelson Arts Festival, Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers events.

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Tami Neilson

With a soulful voice straight from the golden age of country and rockabilly music, Tami Neilson has been described as "A red-hot honky-tonker, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with perhaps just a little bit of Peggy Lee sophistication.” NICK BOLLINGER, RNZ NATIONAL

From her days in Canada touring with the Neilson Family band, opening for the likes of Johnny Cash, to singing her heart out along endless roads and stages, Tami has blossomed as a formidable talent in her own right, winning the Tui Award for each of her past four albums. Along with her full band, Tami joins us for an unforgettable night of music.

"Tami Neilson is one of the most exciting artists in country music today. She’s bringing to country music what acts like Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings have brought to R&B." JONATHAN KEEFE, COUNTRY UNIVERSE, USA

Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

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Thinking Brunch 1 - WHERE DO WE COME FROM? MIGRATION AND BELONGING

Migration is a hot topic.

With record numbers of people on the move, whether planned or as political or economic refugees, this is an issue that affects us all. Many of us are migrants or descendants of migrants, all looking for a better life.

Join us for a stimulating discussion as we look at where we come from, what culture means, and how we can belong together.

Chaired by Stella Chrysostomou, with Anders Falstie-Jensen, Dr. Kay Sneddon, Helene Wong and Philip Woollaston.

Part of the Nelson Arts Festival Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers events.

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Helene Wong - BEING CHINESE [SOLD OUT]

Listen to eloquent writer, reviewer, actor and director Helene Wong talk about her recent memoir Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story.

Preferring invisibility, Wong grew up resisting her Chinese identity, but in 1980 she travelled to her father’s home village in southern China and came face-to-face with her ancestral past.

Her lecture at the Auckland Writers Festival received a standing ovation. This memoir is a story for us all.

Part of the Nelson Arts Festival Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers events.

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Joan Druett - BULLY HAYES OF THE PACIFIC

The fascinating true story of William ‘Bully’ Hayes, the so-called 19th century ‘Pirate of the Pacific’.

Discover the myth – an inspiration for fictional characters and films – and the man: less noble but no less intriguing – a genuine rogue and adventurer. Sort the fact from the fiction with maritime historian Joan Druett, in conversation with Jessie Bray Sharpin from the Nelson Provincial Museum.

The Notorious Captain Hayes – a swash-buckling affair not to be missed!

Part of the Nelson Arts Festival Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers events.

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Lucia Pepperoni Investigates ‘The World of Opera’

Free entertainment thanks to Pic's and Nelson Arts Festival. The Granary Festival Café is home to an exciting line-up of local and visiting musicians.

One of the most celebrated art forms on the globe? Or is it just a bunch of people wearing breast plates, horned helmets, brandishing spears, singing in a foreign language, love triangles, plotting revenge whilst fighting to the death and singing a top C?

Come early and enjoy a fine local beverage and a snack from Harry’s before heading to the Festival Mainstage. Or you’re welcome to come and enjoy some free entertainment courtesy of the Nelson Arts Festival and Pic’s.

Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs have been known to fill up quickly.

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Motueka Celebrates Volunteers

The celebration is hosted by Vision Motueka and sponsored this year through Tasman Community Grants. Invitations are sent to all of our volunteers from a wide range of services provided to our diverse population of residents. These dedicated volunteers receive appreciation for all of their work that supports the wellbeing of our local people through our afternoon celebration.
An afternoon tea provided by Crafty Tarts this year, and entertainment form a part of the event, with special awards going to 10 individuals who have been nominated by their group for their special contribution to our community.
The celebration is held at the Memorial Hall in Motueka from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday 16th October.

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Blas Rivera Performs Jazz Sax and Piano

Argentinean, Blas Rivera, renowned Jazz Sax and Piano Musician is visiting NZ for the first time to perform and teach music and musicality workshops for dancers.

Blas is performing to the public for one night only in Nelson. Come and join us for a wonderfully paced evening of music and finally dance as Blas wows us with his beautiful music and then DJAM takes the helm playing beautiful Tangos, Valses and Milongas.

Have a glass of wine and a platter and relax the early evening away in style.

Here's what influential jazz musos have said about him.

"“…the jazz that Rivera plays is a new perspective that tributes the Brazilian traditions by adding many innovating phrasing that places him in his own category” Richard Dunscombe, USA

“His music reflects the nostalgic romanticism of his countryside, impregnated by the vigour of modern times, by the exciting pulse that bolts in the soul of the Argentine people, always snatched by the emotion and the and the proud (sic) of their tradition” Domingos Raffelli, Brazil

“A structure as clear as crystal” Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany

“ …. jazz and erudition into the aged brave tango following the syntaxes inaugurated by Astor Piazzolla” Tarik de Souza, Brazil

We look forward to welcoming him and see you there!

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Luca Ciarla

Italian violin wizard Luca Ciarla owns the stage with his fiddle and a few toy instruments!

Luca Ciarla has performed in over 50 countries around in the world, in some of the most prestigious festivals and venues.

With a loop pedal, he performs all the parts live, playing the violin like a guitar, a cello and percussion parts. In this imaginative landscape Luca sings, whistles and plays while the music evolves into a dazzling solo string band sound.

The programme includes unusual arrangements of Italian folk tunes, music from the Mediterranean and original compositions.

“… a magical acoustic seduction where everybody can find familiar influences…from genuine folk to sophisticated jazz.” VERA LISI, IL FATTO QUOTIDIANO (ITALY)

Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

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PechaKucha - SOLD OUT

PechaKucha returns for its ninth year at the Festival, showcasing a diverse range of presentations from interesting and creative people.

The fixed format (which takes its name from the Japanese term for chit-chat) limits each presenter to a slideshow of 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds, keeping it concise and fast-paced.

The PechaKucha concept was devised in Tokyo, Japan and is now held in more than 800 cities worldwide.

For more information go to pechakucha.org or if you’d like to present, please email Andy on info@andyclover.com.

Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

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Contempo

Free entertainment thanks to Pic's and Nelson Arts Festival. The Granary Festival Café is home to an exciting line-up of local and visiting musicians.

Nelson's newest choir, featuring a 20-strong group of singers.

Contempo enjoys performing high impact rock numbers including Eye of the Tiger and We Will Rock You, along with more contemporary pieces such as Fireflies and Skyfall. Come along to hear them sing a full set of fantastic music, supported by some top Nelson musicians.

Come early and enjoy a fine local beverage and a snack from Harry’s before heading to the Festival Mainstage. Or you’re welcome to come and enjoy some free entertainment courtesy of the Nelson Arts Festival and Pic’s.

Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs have been known to fill up quickly.

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Free Family Open Day

Free Playcentre Open Day –
Term 4 Celebration of Spring

Join us as we celebrate spring and make the most of our nature play and explore the wonders of our environment over a shared Morning Tea.

Experience first hand with your children what free play is all about and discover what Kiwi families have been embracing across the country for generations.

Sessions run Monday and Friday from 9.30am – 12noon during school term. Visitors always Welcome.

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Luca Ciarla Workshop

Luca Ciarla is an Italian violin wizard!

He received his degree in violin performance in 1993, then his Master’s while studying jazz with David Baker. He completed a doctorate in musical arts at the University of Arizona.

In his shows, using a loop pedal, Luca Ciarla performs all the parts live, playing the violin like a guitar, a cello and percussion parts. He sings, whistles and plays while the music evolves into a dazzling solo string band sound.

In addition to performing on Sunday evening, Luca Ciarla is leading a workshop on string improvisation while he is in Nelson.

Grab the chance to learn from Dr Ciarla while he’s here!

Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

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Couch Stories - SOLD OUT

Couch Stories are true stories, told the old-fashioned way, without notes or pictures.

Ten men and woman share stories that lie somewhere between drama and documentary, improvisational theatre and stand-up comedy. Couch Stories are always engaging, and often humorous, touching or inspirational.

The theme of the night is Crossroads. What happens at the fork in the road? Why do we choose one direction and not another? Where does it take us? How was the journey?

Come early and share a few stories of your own over coffee or a wine in the Granary Festival Café.

More information at www.couchstories.co.nz
Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

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Richmond Library: Documentary Screening – Our Waters in Common

Join us for a free special screening of the widely acclaimed documentary Our Waters in Common, which takes a close look at the health of Tasman’s rivers, and the people caring for them.

Trevor James, Resource Scientist at Tasman District Council, will be at the screening to introduce the documentary and facilitate discussion afterwards.

Make the most of the opportunity to see this incredible film about one of our most important resources.

Bookings essential. Phone 03 542 8500 to book your spot, or enquire at Richmond Library.

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Readers and Writers - continue the conversation

Are you going to any of the Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers sessions at this year’s festival? If so why don’t you pop along to the Elma Turner Library at 10.30am on the Tuesdays following the sessions and continue the discussion?
On 18 October join us, and Readers & Writers convenor Stella Chrysostomou, to discuss the weekend programme of Witi Ihimaera, Stacy Gregg, Alice Galletly, Peter Simpson, Helene Wong and Joan Druett.
Come and tell us what you thought about these great sessions, and if you didn’t make it to any of them, come anyway. It will be a good opportunity to hear about them, and talk about the writers’ work.
All welcome

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Hinepau

Hinepau is different from other members of the hapū. She looks different, weaves back to front and inside out, and just doesn’t seem to fit in. Hinepau’s attempts to hide her uniqueness fail and, through fear and prejudice, she is cast out.

As time moves on, the influence of the tētē ara - upcoming chief - grows, along with his arrogance. His actions lead to a violent volcanic eruption, destroying the village. With their land desolate, there is little chance of survival.

Hinepau respects the mauri - life force. The power of her respect offers the opportunity to save the village, but only through an ultimate gift of aroha can she save the very people who rejected her.

Recommended for children aged 7-13 and adults.

Capital E National Theatre for Children
Based on the book of the same name by Gavin Bishop
Directed by Jamie McCaskill
Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

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Poetry Slam

Nelson Regional Slam Finals
Featuring Carrie Rudzinski & Ken Arkind

Slam – the spoken word artist, dusting down the shelf of poetic academia and channelling the heart through talking blues and rap from the neighbourhood. The competitive edge of performance poetry!

Slam poetry has become a world-wide phenomenon and a major player in festivals the world over. It engages the audience in the revelry of language and puts them firmly in the judge’s seat.

The evening will be emceed by US Slam champions Carrie Rudzinski and Ken Arkind, providing a backdrop for local finalists competing to represent Nelson at the NZ Poetry Slam finals in November.

Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

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Coyote Blues Band

Free entertainment thanks to Pic's and Nelson Arts Festival. The Granary Festival Café is home to an exciting line-up of local and visiting musicians.

Coyote Blues Band’s mission is to search for the blues and grow with the blues, making every show something unique and inspiring.

Coyote Blues Band have been playing traditional and modern blues music since 2008, honouring the great bluesmen including Robert Johnson, Cream, Keb’ Mo’, Buddy Guy, Howling Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, and dozens of others.

Come early and enjoy a fine local beverage and a snack from Harry’s before heading to the Festival Mainstage. Or you’re welcome to come and enjoy some free entertainment courtesy of the Nelson Arts Festival and Pic’s.

Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs have been known to fill up quickly.

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SolOTHELLO

A dynamic interpretation of one of history’s great tragedies. Shakespeare’s Othello, a story of racism, love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and repentance, remains relevant to contemporary audiences and has been performed regularly around the world since it was first staged in 1604. It has also been the basis for numerous operatic, film and literary adaptations.

Watch Māori performance mask (Te Mata Kokako o Rēhia) come to life as Regan Taylor unfolds his abridged version of Othello as a solo performance. Set in Te Ao Māori, SolOTHELLO weaves together Shakespeare’s original text, modern English and Te ReoMāori to deliver a dynamic and cheeky version of one of the great tragic plays.

Te Rēhia Theatre Company
Performed by Regan Taylor
Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

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Slam Poets Carrie Rudzinski and Ken Arkind

The Live Poets evening kicks off with local musicians and an open mic session follows. Our guest poets, Slam award winners Carrie Rudzinski and Ken Arkind, take the stage around 8 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend or participate. Contact Rose at thewritingforest@gmail.com

Thanks to Creative Communities for their support.

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Liam Gerner

Free entertainment thanks to Pic's and Nelson Arts Festival. The Granary Festival Café is home to an exciting line-up of local and visiting musicians.

“Liam is an extraordinary musician. Both as a songwriter and performer Liam is a force to be reckoned with.” Ryan Bingham

Steeped in blues and country music, at age 30 Liam left Australia, experienced music at its most corporate level in London and toured with Ryan Bingham through the US. He returned to Australia in 2013, slinging his guitar and a lifetime of experience.

Come early and enjoy a fine local beverage and a snack from Harry’s before heading to the Festival Mainstage. Or you’re welcome to come and enjoy some free entertainment courtesy of the Nelson Arts Festival and Pic’s.

Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs have been known to fill up quickly.

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Cheap Fakes

The dapper-dressed six-piece Cheap Fakes is a much loved live band for good reason. With suave moves and catchy tunes, their brass-fuelled funk and soulful ska have been moving festival crowds for nearly seven years.

They have a serious festival resume including Woodford Folk Festival, Surfers Paradise Festival, Golden Days Festival, Big Pineapple Festival, Mitchell Creek Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival, Caloundra Music Festival, Valley Fiesta and Island Vibe, and soon the Nelson Arts Festival will be added to that list!

2015 saw the band release their third album Modern Vintage, recorded with Grammy nominated John Merchant who has worked with the likes of Michael Jackson, Lenny Kravitz and Barbra Streisand.

Hayden Andrews, Vocals & Guitar
Joshua Appleby, Saxophone
Scott Bignell, Trumpet & Keys
Scott French, Guitar & Vocals
Ben Hack, Bass
Sam Mitchell, Drums

Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

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Ken Nicol

Former member of legendary Steeleye Span, Ken Nicol brings his exceptional musicianship to Nelson.

As a guitarist, Ken is one of the most skilled and exciting players anywhere today; as a singer he is capable of evoking a wide range of emotions in his audience; and as a songwriter he demonstrates these abilities in his clever and well-crafted material.

His music covers the spectrum from blues to rock, effortlessly taking in folk,jazz, ragtime, ballads and more along the way.

“A guitarist of broad scope, a sensitive singer and an intelligent writer of songs with stirring melodies. A musical paragon.” MADDY PRIOR

"He has such a great way of delivering a story and gently laying down the punch line. Humour, great guitar skill and the right drop of humility, and a passion for right, proper, good music.” RALPH MCTELL

Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

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Nelson Arts Festival Masked Parade & More FM Carnivale

The Nelson Arts Festival presents the iconic Masked Parade!

The theme this year is FLIGHTS OF FANCY!

From dreams and dragons, birds and planes, from Jean Batten to Salvador Dali, let your imagination soar!

Enrolments open via: www.nelsonartsfestival.co.nz

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Miles Calder & The Rumours - SOLD OUT

Miles Calder is a story-telling folk singer-songwriter from Wellington with an expressive voice and raw confessional songs.

Drawing inspiration from Neil Young, Justin Townes Earle, Bright Eyes and Bob Dylan, Miles Calder has developed a skillful and distinctive Americana songwriting style with narrative lyrics. The band’s earthy tones and floating harmonies compliment Calder's heartfelt songs, to produce an atmospheric and timeless sound.

In 2013 Miles Calder & The Rumours released The Crossing Over EP, a record exhibiting raw honesty and eloquent storytelling with seven succinct country and folk originals.

“Miles Calder and his band are shaping up to be one of New Zealand’s finest.” PIERS FULLER, WAIRARAPA TIMES

“All you locals longing for the next Ryan Adams tour should be following Miles Calder & The Rumours.” CAPITAL TIMES

Miles Calder, Vocals & Guitar
Nick George, Drums & Percussion
Steve Moodie, Double Bass
Kirsten Moodie, Vocals
Andrew Moore, Guitar & Vocals

Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

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Laurence Fearnley - QUIETLY SPECTACULAR

Subverting the notions of man vs. wild, Laurence Fearnley’s latest novel The Quiet Spectacular explores women’s strength and purpose, and the power of friendship and laughter.

Fearnley’s perceptive writing about the choices people make, and the impact of these, laid across our familiar landscapes, gives us a window into the human psyche.

Critically acclaimed author of Edwin & Matilda, The Hut Builder and Reach, Laurence Fearnley will be in conversation with book lover and communications consultant Jacquetta Bell.

Part of the Nelson Arts Festival Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers events.

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David Coventry - WRITING INTO FATIGUE

The Invisible Mile is a gritty, awe-inspiring novel about the 1928 Australasian Ravat-Wonder team, the first English speaking team to compete in the Tour de France.

Coventry explores the fatigue of racing, the psychological pressures on the team, and the scars of WWI. Winner of The Hubert Church Award for Fiction (Best First Book) in the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

“A tour de force, written with poetic beauty. The Invisible Mile is an important and impressive début.” Steve Walker, Sunday Star Times.

Part of the Nelson Arts Festival Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers events.

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The Amazing Vandini Brothers

Free entertainment thanks to Pic's and Nelson Arts Festival. The Granary Festival Café is home to an exciting line-up of local and visiting musicians.

Classic rock and blues from the last 50 years.

The Amazing Vandini Brothers are four guys with a pedigree longer than a champion dachshund. Add in an old-school Hammond organ, a bunch of vintage guitars and a grunty backline and you have an instant formula for success with an all-ages appeal.

Come early and enjoy a fine local beverage and a snack from Harry’s before heading to the Festival Mainstage. Or you’re welcome to come and enjoy some free entertainment courtesy of the Nelson Arts Festival and Pic’s.

Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs have been known to fill up quickly.

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Big Tobacco

Free entertainment thanks to Pic's and Nelson Arts Festival. The Granary Festival Café is home to an exciting line-up of local and visiting musicians.

Old School, New School, All Schools. Music that doesn't suck!

Big Tobacco deploy DJs to make the loveliest selections of some of the most outstanding pre-recorded music ever made. Unhindered by genres or pretence, they carefully blend musical ingredients to fulfil your need for skankin' good times.

Come early and enjoy a fine local beverage and a snack from Harry’s before heading to the Festival Mainstage. Or you’re welcome to come and enjoy some free entertainment courtesy of the Nelson Arts Festival and Pic’s.

Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs have been known to fill up quickly.

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Roger Shepherd - A FLYING NUN EXPERIENCE

From a spare room in Christchurch to the living rooms of the world, indie record label Flying Nun was the innovator of an era.

Flying Nun founder Roger Shepherd and music aficionado Grant Smithies share the stage to talk about the label that brought us The Chills, The Clean, Chris Knox, Tall Dwarfs, The Verlaines, Sneaky Feelings, The Bats, Straitjacket Fits and many more.

A perfect Saturday afternoon of riffing, wild anecdotes and the reasons why we are still In Love With These Times.

Part of the Nelson Arts Festival Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers events.

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The Chills

Nearly 35 years after the 1982 record that helped launch Flying Nun Records and take the ‘Dunedin Sound’ around the world, The Chills play Nelson Arts Festival!

The Chills formed in Dunedin in 1980 and are fronted by the rare talent of Martin Phillipps. His knack for writing fantastic pop songs has given them chart hits in New Zealand and a cult following around the world. These include Pink Frost, I Love My Leather Jacket and Heavenly Pop Hit, to name just a few.

In 2015, they released their first full-length album in nearly two decades, Silver Bullets.

Opening act: NOMAD
Aasha Mallard, Will McGillivray and Cullen Kiesanowski formed NOMAD at school in Christchurch and their differing musical tastes collide to shape their alt-pop/folk sound. They have been winning over unsuspecting audiences, show by show. They’ve opened for Fly My Pretties, played Homegrown, Lazy Sundays, Music in Parks, Queenstown Winterfestival, supported Salmonella Dub, Marlon Williams, Jackie Thomas, Benny Tipene, and now The Chills.

Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

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Moutere Artisans Open Day

In one of New Zealand's prettiest villages you will find The Moutere Artisans. Each producing a special products based on the land. Six leading wineries, the Moutere Inn is the oldest pub in New Zealand and renowned for serving craft beers, Peckhams is a traditional cider maker. Visit Katie Gold and Owen Bartlett's ceramic studio, Michael MacMillan's sculpture gallery with homeware crafted from French oak. Neudorf Olives are close to Neudorf Mushroom and both produce gourmet produce in demand through New Zealand. Woods and Co is an exquisite gallery in a shared space with screen printers Skunk and Robot and Moutere Gold. Each artisan welcomes you into their cellar doors and galleries. Food is available. Collect your map from
Kahurangi Estates at the entrance to the village or from the Moutere Inn.

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Complete History of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Abridged

A fast paced naval romp through the decades from the theatrical and comedic talents of Mark Hadlow and Gregory Cooper.

From the arrival of Captain Cook in 1769 through to protecting trade routes against piracy around the Horn of Africa in 2015, The Complete History of the Royal New Zealand Navy navigates its way around the world’s oceans through song, satire and silliness.

Don’t expect a history lesson but don’t be surprised if you learn something.

On a national tour, the show is part of
Operation Neptune, 75th Anniversary of the RNZN.

Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

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Thinking Brunch 2 - WHERE ARE WE GOING? OUR NEAR FUTURE

How will the world look in 2040?

That’s the not-so-distant future. Join our panellists as we contemplate what the future holds for you, your children and grandchildren. In a period where workplaces, political and economic systems, and the natural environment will undergo unprecedented change, what kinds of opportunities and challenges does this present?

Chaired by Stella Chrysostomou, with panellists from across the age demographic: Kindra Douglas, Hera Lindsay Bird, Charles Anderson and Indigo Levett.

Part of the Nelson Arts Festival Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers events.

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Bridget Williams - THE PUBLISHING CLIMATE

Bridget Williams Books is an outstanding publisher of New Zealand non-fiction.

In 2016 Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History won the Illustrated Non-Fiction Award at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. BWB’s numerous award-winning books focus on New Zealand history, Māori history, women’s issues and contemporary topics.

Hear publisher Bridget Williams in conversation with Robbie Burton, publisher and co-owner of Potton & Burton.

Part of the Nelson Arts Festival Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers events.

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Jillian Sullivan - ADVENTURES IN BUILDING AND LIFE

Jillian Sullivan moved to the Ida Valley in Otago to build a straw-bale house and begin a new life.

A writer who had been settled in Nelson for many years, Jillian packed her bags and looked forward. A Way Home is one woman’s inspiring story of overcoming practical and philosophical difficulties, told in her own memorable style, with humour, insight and grit. Jillian will talk with Nelson counsellor and avid reader Liz Price.

Part of the Nelson Arts Festival Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers events.

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MudWood

Free entertainment thanks to Pic's and Nelson Arts Festival. The Granary Festival Café is home to an exciting line-up of local and visiting musicians.

MudWood is an amazing duo of diversity, creating world sounds, original songs, and creative music. A wonder-filled creative team that share in the joys of co-creation with collaborative projects.

Come early and enjoy a fine local beverage and a snack from Harry’s before heading to the Festival Mainstage. Or you’re welcome to come and enjoy some free entertainment courtesy of the Nelson Arts Festival and Pic’s.

Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs have been known to fill up quickly.

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Gene Kennedy-AKA Kennedy/Gene K

Free entertainment thanks to Pic's and Nelson Arts Festival. The Granary Festival Café is home to an exciting line-up of local and visiting musicians.

A guaranteed booty swing with a professional dance floor creator. Come shake it!

Gene has been DJ’ing nationally for 20 years, plus producing house music for dance floors world-wide for 15 years. He’s recently been signed by one of Europe’s leading labels and has been remixing for well-respected leaders in the industry.

Come early and enjoy a fine local beverage and a snack from Harry’s before heading to the Festival Mainstage. Or you’re welcome to come and enjoy some free entertainment courtesy of the Nelson Arts Festival and Pic’s.

Make sure you arrive in good time as these gigs have been known to fill up quickly.

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Ngatimoti Festival

The Ngatimoti Festival celebrates it's 15th year with family fun, craft stalls, live music, great food and entertainment in the Motueka Valley.

Our annual festival raises funds for our school and with entry just a $2 donation per person we have a guaranteed fun day out for all the family from 10am - 4pm on the Sunday of Labour Weekend.

We have an amazing array of activities for the kids, live local music all day, a superb silent auction aswell as typical country fair style attractions such as sheep shearing, wood chopping, rural fire service demonstrations, pony rides, animal tent and cow pat bingo, craft stalls and all the food choices you could ever wish for. Eftpos available on site. No dogs allowed.

This year we have a colouring competition - the winner will receive a family pass to the movies with State Cinema. Bring your entry to the office before 12 noon on Festival day.

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Theatre In Development - Maungatapu

A unique recipe to get local artists and audiences working together.

Take an original Nelson production in development, give it workshop and rehearsal space to enable the practitioners to experiment and develop the play, then show the results to a live audience, followed by a Q&A session.

Maungatapu by Justin Eade covers the murders by the notorious Burgess gang, which caused a sensation back in 1866 when five men went missing on the Maungatapu track between Nelson and Wairau.

The Q&A session is your chance to give feedback and be part of the development process.

Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

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Delaney Davidson & Nicole Izobel Garcia

Spanish sagas of love and betrayal, Swiss parables of adoration and revenge, southern gothic blues and 40’s Mexican bolero cabaret trash from the non-stop whirlwind that is Delaney Davidson.

Delaney Davidson. Blues western punk noir. One-man looping extravaganza. Part man, part wheel, and New Zealand’s own rambling troubadour.

Using his unmistakable dark take on guitar driven blues, country and rockabilly, Davidson is joined by Mexican songbird Nicole Izobel Garcia with her timeless voice, dusty keyboard and classic drum machine.

Together they present their project, Manos del Chango!!

“A voice that somehow welds growling necromancy with a heartbreaking croon.” KRISS KNIGHTS, NZHERALD.CO.NZ

“One of our country’s best and hardest to define songwriters.” RICARDO KERR, GROOVEGUIDE

Presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.

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Hera Lindsay Bird - AS HERSELF

“I think there’s a pretty strong case which suggests Hera Lindsay Bird is like the most exciting newish poet in NZ.” Steve Braunias

Hera Lindsay Bird has an MA in poetry from Victoria University of Wellington, where she won the 2011 Adam Prize. Her work has been published by Sport, Hue & Cry, The Spinoff, The New Zealand Listener and Best New Zealand Poems. Hera will read from her new collection and talk about her writing with Thomas Pors Koed.

Part of the Nelson Arts Festival Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers events.

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Sarah Laing - FINDING MANSFIELD

Katherine Mansfield wrote, ‘Oh to be a writer, a real writer.’ Sarah Laing wanted to be a real writer, too – a writer as famous as Katherine Mansfield, but not as tortured.

Mansfield and Me, part memoir, part biography, part fantasy, charts Laing’s journey towards publication and parenthood against Mansfield’s own dramatic story.

Sarah Laing, writer and graphic artist, will be in conversation with Readers & Writers co-ordinator Stella Chrysostomou.

Part of the Nelson Arts Festival Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers events.

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Dia de los Muertos

Wrapping up the Nelson Arts Festival with the 5th anniversary of the Day of the Dead Nelson, a festive family day with Mexican food and culture.

The Day of the Dead originated as an indigenous Mexican celebration of life and departed loved ones. Traditionally people dress up in flamboyant 19th century costumes wearing face paint resembling colourful decorated skeletons, with flowers and love hearts.

Offerings are made on an 'altar', decorated with candles, marigolds, fruits, sweet bread, sugar skulls and photographs of loved ones that have passed, with their favourite drink, food and mementoes.

On the 5th anniversary of the Nelson Day of the Dead there will be performances, food stalls serving traditional Mexican food, ingredients, chills, local Day of the Dead Arts and Crafts, face painters, pinatas, and competitions for best Mexican Day of the Dead outfit.

There will also be a chili sauce competition, in which cooks can enter their spicy sauce.

Visitors are invited to bring photographs or mementoes of their loved ones to add to the Altar, and do not forget to pick them up when you leave.

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Readers and Writers - continue the conversation

Are you going to any of the Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers sessions at this year’s festival? If so why don’t you pop along to the Elma Turner Library at 10.30am on the Tuesdays following the sessions and continue the discussion?
On 25 October join us for our second session, discussing Laurence Fearnley, David Coventry, Roger Shepherd, Bridget Williams, Jillian Sullivan, Sarah Laing and Hera Lindsay Bird!

Come and tell us what you thought about these great sessions, and if you didn’t make it to any of them, come anyway. It will be a good opportunity to hear about them, and talk about the writers’ work.
All welcome

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