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Events in Nelson

CANCELLED: CMNZ present CALEFAX (Saturday 6th June 2020)


In great demand internationally, world renowned Calefax Reed Quintet are one of the most dazzling wind ensembles performing at present. This close-knit ensemble of five reed players draws music from eight centuries of repertoire to create unique arrangements: from early music to classical and jazz to world premières, in the hands of Calefax it all sounds fresh and new.

Calefax Reed Quintet has enjoyed collaborations with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, trombonist Christian Lindberg, mezzo-soprano Cora Burggraaf, Jungle Boldie (formerly the Tony Overwater Trio) trumpet player Marco Blaauw, percussionist Arnold Marinissen, Zapp String Quartet, cellist Matthew Barley, clarinettist Kinan Azmeh, violinist Claude Chalhoub, jazz singers Denise Jannah and Astrid Seriese, and choreographer Sanne van der Put.

This concert offers works by Bach, Fauré and Schumann, but freshly imagined, as if they were indeed written for reed quintet.


CANCELLED ANZ Premiership Netball - Tactix vs Stars (Sunday 7th June 2020)

The Good Oil Tactix your local Mainalnd Team need your support as we take on the visitors from Auckland in this ANZ Premiership game.

Come along and enjoy the energy and excitement of live Netball in the heart of Nelson.

At 4.10pm the Mainalnd Team play the Northern Comets in the Beko Netball League. Tickets to The Good Oil Tactix match allow entry to this game also.

Doors Open at 3.10pm

See you there!


Matariki Glow Show (Wednesday 24th June 2020)

Come and celebrate MATARIKI with a giant scale puppet show of magical glow-in-the-dark characters from Māori myth and legend! This innovative, cutting edge concept features 40+ glow-in-the-dark puppets under UV lights in a black box theatre environment. 15,000+ children saw this extraordinary show in 2017/18. 25,000+ children saw it in 2019. It’s a must see for MATARIKI!

Now, The Glow Show Company is back on tour with an ALL NEW SHOW for 2020 and this time we go under the sea! Hiwa-i-te-rangi (the Matariki wishing star) helps a courageous Kina on her journey of discovery across the Pacific to Aotearoa. It’s a delightful story of our kai moana and the whakataukī “He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.”

The upbeat 45-minute show has the audience buzzing from the onset. Illuminating kids’ hearts and minds, they’ll be singing all the way home! Rich in Te Reo Māori, there’s an abundance of educational content to take back to the classroom. Stay for the Q&A session after the show – meet the cast!

Recommended for ages 2 – 10. Suitable for special needs children.
“If Matariki Glow Show is a small child’s first experience of theatre, then they will be very lucky.” - Theatreview


Nelson Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven (Saturday 27th June 2020)

The symphonic music of Beethoven 250 years after his birth alongside Elgar's celebrated Cello Concerto.
Soloist: Raeul Pierard

Egmont Overture - Beethoven
Cello Concerto - Elgar (soloist Raeul Pierard)
Symphony No. 1 - Beethoven.
Conductor: Nigel Weeks QSM


Gitano Swing as part of the Live Music Series at the Elma Turner Library (Sunday 28th June 2020)

Barrie McDonald ( accordion), is well - known for his performances in the Celtic music scene. Here he teams up with Paul Gilmour to play some Waltzes, Bossa and Swing tunes in a style influenced by legendary French and Italian musicians, who mixed gypsy with jazz standards of the 1930s, to create a style known as “Jazz Manouche” or simply Gypsy Jazz.