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Events in Nelson

Learn at the Library - Entertainment Apps (Thursday 9th April 2020)

Nelson Public Libraries hold a variety of free computer classes each school term, for beginners and more experienced users who may want to venture further into the digital world, extend their research skills or learn about the digital services the Library offers.

Netflix, Spotify and Lightbox will be explored

Classes must be booked by phoning 03 546 0414, emailing or visiting any of the Libraries.


CANCELLED Studebaker Car Nationals CANCELLED (Saturday 11th April 2020)

Studebaker Drivers club of New Zealand hosts a Nationals for Studebaker cars every two years with the next to be in Nelson. Open to any body owning a car or an interest in the car marque . A full weekend of events is planed with a concours/display driving skills competition, Banquet and dance, Sunday cruise and evening meal with prize giving. Many New Zealand, Australian and American guests have already registered and booked accommodation. Studebaker cars attending will range from the 20's through to the
60's. Dictators, Champions, Presidents, Speedsters, Larks, Cruisers, Transtars, Avantis will be some of the models on display. If you like cars of style this is your chance to be amongst the best.


POSTPONED: Th'Dudes (Sunday 12th April 2020)

The news comes just days ahead of the band receiving the Legacy Award and being inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

Th’ Dudes’ bass player Lez White who is based in Australia says it's always a treat to come back home to New Zealand.

“After each Dudes outing it's always felt like unfinished business, so I'm really looking forward to treading the boards and pouting into the spotlight one last time."

“I’m super excited to be playing the classic Dudes songs to our fans and introduce them to another generation of music lovers,” says drummer Bruce Hambling.

Fans who want to feel the ‘70s pub vibe can purchase a special ‘Bliss’ ticket to stand right up the front close to the band, while seated tickets are available for those who want to sit back and enjoy the show.


POSTPONED: NCMA's Celebration Series: NZTrio (Saturday 18th April 2020)


NCMA's Celebration Series is back for 2020.

Celebrating the joy of music with 3 special concerts in March, April and May. Audience members will be able to relax and enjoy performances featuring wonderful local, national and international musicians.

The second concert in the Series sees the well-known NZTrio take to the Nelson School of Music Auditorium Stage.


Beethoven Ghost
Turnage A Fast Stomp
Ballard (NZ) *new commission
Yun Piano Trio
Zemlinsky Piano Trio

Origins opens with Beethoven's mighty Ghost trio to celebrate his birth a quarter of a millennium ago. Then they celebrate the rebirth of NZTrio, introducing this new line-up with a tour through their cultural & musical backgrounds. Works by Mark Anthony Turnage (UK) and Isang Yun (Korea) envelop a brand new work by Sarah Ballard (NZ) deeply inspired by Indian culture and music. (How do these works represent NZTrio? Come along and find out!) To finish, the Trio's attention turns to the worrying global upsurges of separatism and hatred, so the last word comes from Austrian-American Alexander von Zemlinsky whose Jewish-Muslim upbringing inspires understanding and love.

Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours plus interval


POSTPONED: Houstoun - Fox in Concert (Sunday 19th April 2020)


A chance meeting in Christchurch in 2014 ultimately led to the unlikely, but superb, combination of two of New Zealand’s pre-eminent musicians - outstanding classical pianist, Michael Houstoun, and foremost jazz trombonist, big band leader, jazz educator, arranger and producer, Rodger Fox.

Fast forward to 2020, Michael and Rodger will bring their acclaimed concert series to NCMA in April.

Along with the Rodger Fox Big Band and special guest vocalist Erna Ferry, Michael and Rodger will delight the Nelson audience.

Their programme will include:
Two new arrangements from internationally acclaimed composer - arranger Bill Cunliffe
Piano and jazz big band material written by one of Michael Houstoun’s favourite artists the great Gino Vannelli. "Brother to Brother" and "Storm at Sunup".
Mountain Dance, written for piano and big band by Grammy award winning composer and arranger David Grusin

The Big Band will also present material from its forthcoming recording of New Zealand original compositions by composers Anita Schwabe (winner of the APRA 2018 Jazz composition of the year), Daniel Hayles, Lauren Ellis, Ben Hunt, Chris Selley, Bryn Van Vliet, Brian Smith and Rodger Fox.


POSTPONED: The Ten Tenors (Tuesday 21st April 2020)

From Perfect to All of Me, Never Enough to Make You Feel My Love, and that all-time favourite Unchained Melody. These songs (and many more) celebrate one of the greatest feelings in the world: the glory of love, which is all around us each and every day.

This year, The TEN Tenors are embracing love in all its forms with their tour LOVE IS IN THE AIR.

They will be singing some of the most popular feel-good love songs and wedding first dance songs of all time, covering many of your favourite romantic tunes, from pop songs with a twist to classic love songs, and even a few of the most famous and touching love arias in existence. For anyone with a soft spot for a tender tune, this is an experience not to be missed.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR is a concert guaranteed to fill you with passion and put a smile on your face.


Trio Jackson (Sunday 26th April 2020)

Trio Jackson
From Gypsy to Jazz to Bach and Shostakovich and anything in between,
this classically trained ensemble has branched out into an exotic array of
genres to create something uniquely their own.
Trio Jackson is a family group who have been playing together for over
twenty years. This has created a magical musical synthesis born of their
intuitive, creative and empathetic ensemble expression.
A recently commissioned two-movement work, Gypsy Song & Gypsy
Dance, by English Composer Vincent Lindsey-Clark, is a perfect vehicle
for the trios authentic feeling for Gypsy music. Their classical training
allows them to present with authority and style the works by Shostakovich
and Bach which have been faithfully arranged by Miles. Their flair for
improvisation allows them to play Jazz in an exciting and very original style.
Trio Jackson has evolved from Duo Jackson when Miles and Margarita’s daughter Fleur rejoined them after completing her Master's Degree in
Violin Performance at Victoria University under Helena Pohl. Duo Jackson are well known for their numerous recordings and performances
throughout Australasia and Europe. Trio Jackson gave a very successful tour of concerts in North Island this year and have been invited to play in Europe


NCMA Lunchtime Concerts - Term 2 (Thursday 30th April-Thursday 2nd July 2020)

NCMA's Term 2 concerts will thrill and delight. Take time out of your busy day to immerse yourself in beautiful live music.

30/04/20 Anna Maitland & Richard Mapp – French music by Poulenc, Fauré, Dutilleux, Enescu and Messiaen
07/05/20 Margarita Jackson & Richard Mapp – a programme dedicated to female composers
14/05/20 Lissa Cowie & Mark Secker perform Shostakovich Sonata in D minor
21/05/20 Juliet Ayre & Richard Mapp – music by Bach, Brahms & Bartok
28/05/20 Allison Cormack – German Art songs from the 19th century
04/06/20 Zeb Wulff – Liszt’s B minor Sonata
11/06/20 Voice & Celli – works by Villa-Lobos, Corelli, Purcell and Piazolla
18/06/20 Louis Lucas-Perry – solo piano music by Bach, Ravel, Liszt and Chopin
25/06/20 Trio Jackson – classical, jazz, gypsy and world music
02/07/20 Grampians Trio – Trio No. 1 in G minor “Elegiac” by Rachmaninov and “Dumky” by Dvořák

NCMA Lunchtime Concerts - Term 2 is on these dates: 30th April 2020 7th May 2020 14th May 2020 21st May 2020 28th May 2020 4th June 2020 11th June 2020 18th June 2020 25th June 2020 2nd July 2020

POSTPONED Nelson Fringe Festival (Friday 1st-Saturday 9th May 2020)

The Nelson Fringe Festival is the Top of the South’s quirkiest and only Fringe Festival!

The Festival runs annually in the first week of May. It is a nine day celebration of fringey theatre awesomeness - with workshops during the day and performances by night.

The Nelson Fringe has a life of its own, and is growing before our very eyes. In four years we have grown from 15 shows and 6 workshops in our first year in 2015 to 42 shows and 15 workshops in 2018. Because of this growth, we are considering a way to keep our Festival small and quirky and have no intention to get any bigger in 2020! Because of this, we most likely will be instituting a lottery system for shows from now on. Keep an eye out for more news about this!

Thank you so much to everyone who has taken part in the Nelson Fringe to date. We love our audience, performers, visual artists, volunteers, sponsors, audience, supporters, adopters and audience (did we mention our incredible audience?). Nelson you ROCK!

For more information about the festival and how to get involved, visit our wonderful website:

POSTPONED Nelson Fringe Festival is on these dates: 1st May 2020 2nd May 2020 3rd May 2020 4th May 2020 5th May 2020 6th May 2020 7th May 2020 8th May 2020 9th May 2020

Krishnan's Dairy (Saturday 2nd-Sunday 3rd May 2020)

Take a look behind the counter of the corner dairy and discover a love story as wondrous as the Taj Mahal.

Gobi and Zina Krishnan have come to New Zealand in search of a better life. They keep their dreams stacked on the shelf of their suburban dairy but now Zina wants to go back to India.

Jacob Rajan charms and thrills as he juggles multiple characters in a career defining performance that shows why he’s won multiple best actor awards.

Laughter, live music and exquisite masks make this a magical evening like no other. Winner of the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe First Award and two Production of the Year Awards in New Zealand, this iconic play is much loved by people of all ages.

“A piece of absolute enchantment” – The Scotsman

“Comic genius” – Melbourne Age

“A ground-breaking work: it changes the way you see the world.” – The Listener

Krishnan's Dairy is on these dates: 2nd May 2020 3rd May 2020