Festival kicks off 17-day-long programme
The 23rd edition of the Nelson Arts Festival is kicking off this week with more shows than the city can shake a stick at.
This year’s festival boats 120 events, spread over 17 days.
Community services committee chair Cr Gaile Noonan said she loved that there was an eclectic mix of local, national and international acts at the Nelson Arts Festival.
‘‘The Arts Festival is always a watershed for me.’’
Other highlights include Hudson & Hall Live!, in which the hilarity and chaos of New Zealand’s quirky TV chefs is recreated by actors Todd Emerson and Chris Parker.
The show will turn the Theatre Royal into a kitchen studio for a Hudson & Halls Christmas Special, complete with turkey stuffing and ice cream castles.
Nelson’s true tale of murder, Maungatapu, returns to the festival stage this year. The play was a Theatre in Development project last year and the tale of Nelson’s notorious gold rush murders will have its world premiere at this year’s festival.
For those who like books and critical thinking The Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers programme will feature writers from around the country, including Nicola Galloway, Catherine Chidgey and Colin Hogg.
Visual arts feature with a photographic exhibition in Bank Lane which celebrates the rich line up of musicians who play at the Nelson Market.
There is also the opportunity to watch artists work on large canvasses at Founders Heritage Park in ‘‘Art in the Park’’.
The festival winds up with the Masked Parade and Carnivale on Friday October 27.
For those who’s budgets do not stretch to ticketed-shows there is still plenty of chances to experience the culture on offer.
Founders is the festival’s headquarters and hosts a series of free gigs at the Granary - including everything from bluegrass, singalongs to disco.
Students get their chance to shine on Stage One at the 1903 Square at the Top of Trafalgar St. Shows are on from Tuesday October 24 to October 27 from 11am to 2pm and are free.
Hampden St School’s kapa haka group Te Kakano perform on Stage One as part of last year’s Nelson Arts Festival.