Nelson Tasman is surprisingly diverse and nowhere is that more evident than in the range of events our region hosts every year.

Check out some of the exciting events that are coming up below.

GB Live Poets presents a tribute to Gordon Challis

Golden Bay Live Poets honours Gordon Challis who passed away this year on March 3rd.

Sam Hunt acknowledges him as a major influence; Bill Manhire included his poem ‘Walking An Imaginary Dog’ in The Best of Best New Zealand Poems; and Robert Bly commends his Spanish translation work.

His poetry has been featured in the NZ Listener, Landfall, the Times Literary Supplement and the Manchester Guardian, among others, as well as being included in many anthologies.

Join us to launch Gordon's last Spanish translation collection of poetry.

Everyone is welcome to attend or participate in the Open Mic. Contact Rose at thewritingforest@gmail.com

Thanks to Creative Communities for their support.

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Golden Bay Live Poets

Golden Bay Live Poets presents live music and live poetry at the infamous Mussel Inn.

Everyone is welcome to attend or participate. Contact Rose at thewritingforest@gmail.com

Thanks to Creative Communities for their support.

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Takaka Library: Sneaky Art With Sarah Thomas

Make some sneaky art and share it around town!

In a Makerspace with a twist, design and make your very own hip sneaky art project, using paper, materials, string or balsa wood boats.

Tuck your creation somewhere around town or at home to put a smile on someone's face.

For children age 7-11 years. Bring a friend!

Cost: $3.00

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Richmond Library: Makedo Tower Building

Put your construction skills to the test! Use our Makedo equipment to build an awesome tower out of cardboard.

We'll be using cardboard, Makedo equipment and our imaginations to build towers.

Limited to 12 participants aged 8-12 years.

Free.

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Ghosts of Albion Square: Government, Gangsters and Gadgets

Discover secrets, uncover mysteries, share stories, and re-live dramas surrounding the people, buildings and sites associated with our central city heritage precinct, Albion Square.

You'll learn about about the fate of the grand Nelson Provincial Government Buildings, the fire engine house that was used as a morgue for the Maungatapu murder victims, the oldest pillar post box still in continuous use, the former Hardy Street Girls School, the survey chain test, the trout hatchery, and much more.

Collect a map from the gazebo in front of the courthouse in Bridge Street, then walk in your own time between the sites in Albion Square. You’ll hear Nelson Historical Society members sharing 10 minute stories about these fascinating relics from the past. (Stories repeated roughly every 15 minutes from 4.30pm).

Bring your children, and spark their interest in our history.

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Ghosts of Albion Square - Government, Gangsters & Gadgets

This event will celebrate the little-known, fascinating and diverse history of Nelson’s Albion Square precinct. Join the Nelson Historical Society and bring your family to discover the fascinating but little known history of Nelson's Albion Square.

Discover secrets, uncover mysteries, share stories, and re-live dramas surrounding the people, buildings and sites associated with our central city heritage precinct.

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LIVE POETS Open Mic with music from Michael Southern.

Open Mic poets and music - all welcome to perform or listen.

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Motueka Library: Autumn Poetry

Join us in celebrating Autumn poetry in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Share your own poem or a favourite poem containing an Autumnal theme.

Discover many poetry books, share your own poem or a favourite poem, or just listen and enjoy.

Light refreshments provided.

All welcome. Free.

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Takaka Library: Blast From the Past - 60 Years Married to a Gourmet Cook

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of our 'new library' in Takaka with tall tales and true by locals from varied occupations and lifestyles.

60 Years Married to a Gourmet Cook: recipes and reminiscences from Alan Swafford, a happy omnivore. Alan, a man of many parts, will entertain on wide and varied themes, from food to farm to family.

All welcome.

Koha.

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G+Force

One g is the acceleration due to gravity at the Earth's surface.

Free fall is any motion of a body where gravity is the only force acting upon it. Air Resistance is futile in this expedient dismantling of being superlative.

2017's Spirit of the Fringe gets weird at 195k/h

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My Dad's Deaths

Incredible international comedian and storyteller Jon Bennett (Pretending Things are a Cock, Fire in the Meth Lab) has done plenty for his parents to be proud of. A multi-award winning performer and a powerhouse of guts and gusto; Jon is a must-see performer of the real and the ridiculous. But his Dad doesn't get it.

“Full of heart and packed with laughter, this is how storytelling should be done.” – The Skinny (UK).
Bennett’s Dad always wanted his son to be an author… like Banjo Paterson.* My Dad's Deaths is the story of the strange relationship between a comedian and his extremely conservative father; an accident-prone man who has died… more than once.

“Armed only with self-deprecating wit and memories, Bennett reminds us that ordinary people lead extraordinary lives.” - The Sunday Mail (AUS).

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Having a Party With Gold Medal Famous

Gold Medal Famous is a three-piece electro-pop band recognised for their outspokenness and singular style. Chris Wilson founded GMF in 2008 and the band line up has stayed the same since 2010. The band’s songs don’t subscribe to the usual universal pop themes but tend to focus on daily life in New Zealand. Song topics include how to survive working in an office, frustration at the cost of flying to regional airports and how to buy a house in NZ.

GMF aims to catch the zeitgeist and present little portraits of ways of life that strike chords with their audience. The Spinoff wrote of GMF’s latest single: "When future-historians look back at life in New Zealand in the early part of this century, there’s one pop cultural artefact that, in three-and-a-half minutes summed up the aspirations of a changing nation: Gold Medal Famous’ masterpiece ‘We Bought A House’."

This year GMF is turning 10 years old and to celebrate the band is working on a show that combines their good-time music with stories of the band and their experiences recording 6 albums and playing shows across NZ, in Melbourne and in Tokyo. It will be an evening of music to enjoy and stories to make you laugh.

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Off Book

a. (theater) Performing without a script; from memory; by improvisation, extempore.

It’s opening night of a new play…
Take Nelson's premier improvised theatre ensemble; add one well know Nelsonian playwright and only six pages of their never seen before manuscript; present it to the actors for the first time, onstage, and see what happens when the pages run out!

The People's Republic of Improv have kindly offered their services to help the playwrights of Nelson complete that draft they've been working on! Easy. We’ll take that script places you never thought of. We’ll develop your characters in ways inconceivable by your great, creative minds!

The night will feature a carefully crafted, unfinished works by a professional Nelsonian playwright. Once the envelope is opened we'll all discover the characters within and read only the first six pages of dialogue. But once the pages run out, that's when the completely improvised, real 'play' and fun begins!

Off Book is an exploration that highlights invention and discovery; the fixed and the mutable, the safe and the risky! All live. All never seen before. All never to be seen again.

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Off Book

It’s opening night of a new play…
Take Nelson's premier improvised theatre ensemble; add one well know Nelsonian playwright and only six pages of their never seen before manuscript; present it to the actors for the first time, onstage, and see what happens when the pages run out! 
 
The night will feature a carefully crafted, unfinished works by a professional Nelsonian playwright. Once the envelope is opened we'll all discover the characters within and read only the first six pages of dialogue. But once the pages run out, that's when the completely improvised, real 'play' and fun begins! 
 
Off Book is an exploration that highlights invention and discovery; the fixed and the mutable, the safe and the risky! All live. All never seen before. All never to be seen again. 

The People’s Republic of Improv are Nelson’s own professional, masterful, improv ensemble. Your ensemble is Daniel Allan, Glenn Cousins, Laura Irish, Linda Calgaro, Nikkie Karki & Roger Sanders.

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Penny Ashton presents Oliver Copperbottom

Following on from her hugely successful Promise and Promiscuity tour with Arts On Tour in 2014, Penny Ashton swaps Jane Austen for Charles Dickens and brings orphaned hero Olive and a squalid gaggle of hilarious Victorians, to crusty life.

A rollicking romantic musical journey through fifteen gin-soaked characters told with song, dance and questionable personal hygiene. It’s Oliver! meets Blackadder with a saucy feminine twist.

Penny Ashton is NZ’s own global comedienne having performed over 600 solo shows all over the world. She has represented New Zealand in Theatresports and Performance Poetry and in 2017 performed 88 shows in 22 towns in 5 countries. She is a regular and original panellist on Radio NZ National’s ‘The Panel’, is a social commentator on Breakfast TV and Newstalk, and is a busy marriage celebrant and jazz hand enthusiast. This tour is Penny’s fourth for Arts on Tour over eight years and the biggest yet. She cannot wait to travel through beautiful Aotearoa in the Trusty Arts on Tour van.

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Sprinkle a Little Sunshine with Suzy Cato and Kath Bee

There’s no doubt that Suzy Cato is a national treasure. She is one of the most loved TV presenters and children’s entertainers in the history of NZ Television and adults still sing along when they hear her songs ‘See ya, see ya later’ or ‘It’s Our Time’.

A generation of Kiwi kids have grown up feeling that they had a friend in Suzy.

Kath Bee is well-loved children’s songwriter and entertainer who tours the length of New Zealand sharing her love of song writing and her catchy songs. Kiwi kids have grown up singing her songs ‘Individuality’, ‘Dad I Wanna be a Camel’ and more.

Put them together and you have a dynamic duo sure to put a smile on your face and get you and the kids singing and dancing.

In their new song ‘Sprinkle a Little Sunshine’ Suzy and Kath invite kids to sprinkle a little sunshine on themselves and others, to help brighten up their day and spread happiness when they feel a little blue.

Suzy and Kath are really excited to be performing together, sharing new songs and old favourites in this fun, interactive concert.

https://suzy.co.nz/ | https://www.kathbee.nz/

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Open Day at SeniorNet Nelson

SeniorNet Nelson is where people over 50 learn about computers, smartphones, tablets etc.
Come and meet us and find out what fun you can have learning at your own pace from people your own age.
Beginners are especially welcome - we have all been there and understand. We have classes and Groups for people at all levels.
Bring a friend and come and talk to us - you will be so glad you did!
Have a look around our Learning Centre and have a nice (free) cup of tea with our friendly volunteers. Ask us anything.....
Open 10am to 3pm on Saturday 28th April at the SeniorNet Nelson Hall in Pioneer Park, 11 Hastings Street, Nelson. Almost opposite Spotlight.
Plenty of parking is available. FREE event.

Enquiries welcome: Answerphone (03) 548-9401

https://www.seniornetnelson.org.nz/

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Architects Tour of the Refurbished Buildings

A special event for Nelson Heritage Festival at the Nelson Centre for Music Arts.

A tour of the old and the new at NCMA, including the Nelson School of Music Auditorium. Be amongst the first to see our brand new facilities and listen to our project architect Irving Smith, who will discuss the design of the buildings and the challenges of marrying the old with the new. The tour promises to be a fascinating insight into the revitalisation of a very special Nelson landmark.

To book and buy tickets go to ncma.nz/events

$20 (+ booking fees) per person. The tour is not suitable for children under 5 years.

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An Evening with Lord Nelson - SOLD OUT

This event is now SOLD OUT.

To the Citizens of Nelson,
Having been outright killed by a French musket ball to the spine some 200 years ago, I have quietly, and with some embarrassment, observed many honours and public erections dedicated to my memory, including, in 1842 the naming of your fair and pretty town, Nelson, after me, Horatio Nelson.
On disembarking in your town recently, I was gob smacked- and not a little dismayed- to discover that very few of the fair citizens could identify me. I was at one point, on Halifax St, taken for Napoleon, which was most lamentable.

It dawned on me that one cannot possibly be expected to live in such a fair place without proper knowledge of its namesake. Taciturn and modest though I am, I will undertake it to conduct a public talk that will include biographical simulations, mummery, and shanties to warm the cockles, elucidate, and enlighten. I am a fascinating subject.

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Sir Cedric and Friends! The Beginning: The Beginners Guide

Have you ever wanted to try Stand-Up Comedy? Of course you have! Why wouldn't you?! Sir Cedric doesn't know if he ever wanted to be a Stand-Up Comic but it's happened. He's walked out of the wilderness and found himself up there in the bright lights of expectant failure.

What could possibly go wrong? Whatever could go wrong probably will, but it's ok because he's brought some friends along to help out...are they really his friends? Almost certainly not. Daphne The Enthusiast, Julie Christie, Dave The Racist and Not Funny Pete will help ease Sir Cedric's pained attempts on stage, or they'll just kick him in the face whilst he's down. M.C. Emcee holds it all together...or makes no effort to stop it all fall apart. Great.

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Dabda

Aaron Jelley invites you into the minds of five artists, each coping with their own grief... to varying success. Failed careers, failed relationships, failed dreams- everyday disappointments catapult these disparate characters into surreal inner worlds of Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and, with luck, Acceptance.

Enjoy the mess, and thank the stars it's not you.

After four years of improvisational training, Aaron Jelley has dived headfirst into the world of stand up comedy, quickly establishing a reputation as a dynamic, unpredictable performer and, for better or worse, a wholly original act in the blooming Christchurch comedy scene.

Winner, Best Newcomer- 2017 Christchurch Comedy Awards.

"One of the most exciting and original acts in Christchurch." - Grandpa Figs.

" [...] Christchurch resident [...] " - Stuff.co.nz.

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Livin' La Vida Joker

Terry Williams is a veteran internationally in-demand comedian and MC. He's not crude. He's no clown. Terry Williams is a clever humorist. Terry is equally at home performing in pubs ‘n’ clubs as he is at upmarket conferences and corporate events throughout Australasia.

Terry has performed solo shows in several NZ International Comedy Festivals, including ‘Devoted Father & Loving Husband Of 2’, ‘Killer Comedy', ‘The Grin Reaper’ and ‘The Hyper Super Mega Ultimate Show’. A regular fixture at conferences and corporate events around New Zealand, Australia and Asia-Pacific, blending inoffensive humour with some learning whilst laughing. Terry’s been performing stand-up since 2001 and has just returned from performing in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Singapore.

TV Credits: TV3’s ‘The Project’, FaceTV’s ‘The Cath Vincent Show’, TV3’s ‘Sunrise’, TV1’s ‘Good Morning’

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Friend Request

"The only way to have a friend is to be one." - Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Katherine Weaver, Laura Irish and Brendon Bennetts have connected in life from 3 different continents through the power of improv. Their fast and joyful bond is the inspiration for this show about "the family that we choose". From childhood friendships, new acquaintances, friendship in the digital world and friendships that turn into something more, enjoy their heartfelt and funny exploration of this significant force in our lives. Bring your bestie or come prepared to meet a new friend for life who might just be sitting in the chair next to you.

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Workshop: Noticing Things

Observation is one of the fundamental skills of every improvisor and actor: if we don’t notice what is happening around us, then we can’t respond to it. In this workshop Brendon will help you realise that inspiration is already all around you, you just have to notice it.

About Brendon:
Brendon Bennetts has been teaching and directing improv for the Christchurch Court Jesters since 2002. He hosts comedy quiz podcast The Nerd Degree, teaches high school English, and in his spare time writes plays. Brendon most recently performed in Nelson as part of the improvised dream show, The Dream Team.

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Human Mandala Yoga Workshop

This Human Mandala Workshop is a social activity where individuals will connect with each other physically and energetically. We will communicate and listen to one another. We will use our flexibility, strength and balance to support ourselves and each other. And Jo invites you to be open and playful too :)

"Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life."~ Pema Chodron

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Artists Market Riverside Cafe

Fun day for the whole family! Boutique selection of local artisans are coming together for this special event. Mothers day shopping at it's best. Entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Support local this Mothers Day by buying local and handmade right here in NZ.
Ana Aceves is also joining us this time with her beautiful range of nature inspired art prints, Studio Soph' will be selling the most fabulous painted ceramics and art prints, The fantastic Nina From the Kingdom of Klah will be joining us again with her fantastic range of tshirts ❤ This time she is also blessing our ears with whimsical tales from the Klah radio!
Tim and Jess of Mister Chai will be with us for this market

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'Printed!' Silk Screen Printing from Scratch

Build your own silk screen from scratch and learn how to use it. This is an amazing opportunity to learn a new skill or expand on what you already know.

The workshop will teach you how to construct your own screen, create paper cuts and execute prints on fabric. Walk home with your very own art work and silkscreen, ready for more projects in the future.

This workshop is limited to 8 participants so register ASAP!
Contact Tanja: abundantnz@yahoo.co.nz

For more info: https://www.riverside.org.nz/single-post/2018/03/22/Printed-Silk-Screen-Printing-from-Scratch

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Nelson Heritage Festival Poroporoaki

Come to the Marae to korero about your favourite Nelson Heritage Festivals events. This hui will serve as the Poroporoaki, the farewell ceremony at the conclusion of Nelson Heritage Festival.

No bookings needed. No charge/Koha

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The Nelson Jazz Quartet as part of the Live Music Series

The Nelson Jazz Quartet have enjoyed performing together for many years and are pleased to bring to you a selection of their favorite jazz standards ranging from beautiful ballads to uptempo swing tunes.
The group consists of ;
Simon Williams - Saxophone, Gabor Tolnay - keyboard, Chris Cowles - bass, Gabor Irmalos - drums

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Pat Goldsack's Swingers Club and Brothel

A one woman comedy performed by Shakespearean actress Katie Boyle, sets up an old lady in the least likely environment. Patricia Goldsack, known as Pat to her friends and lovers, has toured New Zealand for the last 4 decades with her Swingers club (with the downstairs brothel). Looking to make a dime in her old age, and lots of new and naked friends, she brings the locals in with her so they can really explore how close 2 degrees is and whether we can make that separation smaller.

With her however, she brings her sordid past and her blurry, glaucomic future. In moments of clarity, she gives the most profound sex and relationship advice, top tips for her top tips that she has had in her vast lifetime, as well as all the nitty-gritty stories that comes with her travels. But then the dementia slowly seeps through the cracks and we get to see moments of why she really is touring the country, why she needs to see your birth records and know your maiden names, and what (and who) she is really running away from.

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Don't Push the Button

Two men have spent their whole life in a room doing the same thing. One light. One button. All of a sudden, messages start appearing. They begin questioning everything they know. Will their bonds break? Or will they stay true to each other? What's on the outside of the room? Is the unknown really worth sacrificing the safety of the mundane?

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Home Alone - Abridged

Elijah Scowcroft (ten years old) plays Kevin McCallister in this manic stage version of the classic 90's Christmas film, Home Alone. The rest of the cast of comedic improvisers will scramble for scripts and parts (only seeing them for the first time onstage) as Elijah guides them through this performance about a boy left "home alone" to protect his house from two incompetent burglars at Christmas.

Donation entry at the door.

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French Cooking Class

Welcome to the 2nd session of South France specialties. This time, we will cook the unavoidable "Fougasse", a bread dough poked through with olives, bacon, onions, olive oil and herbs, baked with cheese.

Everyone is welcome to this hands-on cooking workshop - but be quick. Limited Places!

For more info and registrations: https://www.riverside.org.nz/single-post/2018/04/05/French-Cooking-Workshop

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Workshop: Easy Dancehall for Adult Beginners

As an X-Generation individual, I’ve had a lifetime of listening to a wide range of music including Dance, Trance, Acid house, Hip-hop, Grunge, Dub, Punk & other club music. As I approach 50 years of age I still have the same enthusiasm to play and move to these beats. And I know I’m not alone in this.
Dancehall (also Reggaeton, Soca, Flamenco etc) has become the focus of my dance instruction in recent years, specialising in choreographies for adults who have little or no dance training or experience.

Dancehall is a genre of Jamaican popular music that is a fusion of Hip-hop & Jamaican Ska and Reggae that originated in the late 1970s.

Do you still enjoy the Hip-hop and dance music you grew up listening too in the 80s & 90s? Come and take part in a workshop where basic moves to great music are taught. In this workshop, you’ll learn a short, easy choreography that’s authentic to its Dancehall roots. The movements in class will be straightforward and accessible to all. Hilary has been teaching easy dance fitness to adults in the Tasman region for several years and is an NZ registered exercise professional (REPs) and a member of Dance Aotearoa (DANZ).

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Assignment Bonbon

A deliciously silly spy spoof! The cold war hangs over Europe like a bad smell. Jean, a talented and highly respected brassiere maker pays this little heed as she immerses herself in her work. That is, until a mysterious woman visits her apartment with a gift of bonbons. Following the innocent consumption of a box of chocolates, and bearing witness to a fatal shooting, Jean and her cat, Marmalade, must flee their apartment. With them, they carry secret information. The future of the world depends on them.

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Deep South Caesar

Deep South Caesar pokes some light fun at the stereotype of classical kiwi masculinity - and a little bit at 'toxic masculinity' in general. Settle in for a good old yarn, as our questionable hero Greg tells you some tall tales about how hard life is as your average kiwi bloke. After all, Greg’s put in the hard yakka, so why isn’t life working out exactly the way he wants it?

Over the course of fifty minutes, join Greg and his hired musician Isaac as they attempt to perform for you a tale of Oedipal proportions. Be enthralled by Greg's rise from humble deep south small town beginnings to becoming the Caesar of his own property empire. Be amazed as he woos the woman of his dreams and becomes a perfect paterfamilias in his prime. Be utterly un-astounded as Greg’s empire comes crumbling down. Don’t you hate dramatic irony and those horrible hamartias?

Deep South Caesar pulls inspiration from drag performance, classical theatre, and kiwi icons such as Fred Dagg and the Topp Twins to reimagine the face of the kiwi bloke for 2017. The performance incorporates questionable maskwork, toe-tapping stasimons and 1970s-era fake moustaches to culminate in the best-worst show you have yet to see.

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Pretending Things are a ....

Internationally award-winning storyteller, comedian and essentially full-time backpacker, Jon Bennett, is back in Nelson with his most popular show. Pretending Things are a .... is the product of Bennett’s three years of global wandering and combines an artistic, phallic-filled photographic display with hilarious and surprisingly heart-wrenching tales from Bennett’s life.

“Instantly likeable, Bennett is a deft storyteller with a frank, confessional style that blends pathos and humour to great effect. ★★★★½” – Uptown Magazine (CAN).

Jon was recently in Nelson as part of his Fire in the Meth Lab New Zealand tour, where audiences loved his fast-paced, compelling comedy and sensational storytelling skills. After travelling to almost 70 countries performing and pretending things are penises, Bennett doesn't love anywhere back quite as much as he does Aotearoa.

“At the end of this hilarious and thoughtful hour, no one seems to want to leave the room. ★★★★” – Edmonton Journal (CAN).

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Workshop: Monster of The Week

Do you love the Supernatural? If so, this is the workshop for you!

In this workshop, students will play with the supernatural and explore playing characters like vampires, demons, and fairies. Learning how to make these characters believable, and strive for authentic scenes instead of "gagging".

My teaching focuses on being present in the moment, using spontaneous play, and creating a genre piece without a director. We will examine the basic structure of a supernatural tv show, explore characters, and learn how to play support in the story. We will use different exercises to get the supernatural into player's blood, for example, Stage fighting, a corpse carousel, and zombies on speed!

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Workshop: Storytelling With Jon Bennett

Experience a short storytelling performance with a Q&A and special guests followed by a workshop by professional touring comedian and storyteller Jon Bennett (Fire in the Meth Lab, Pretending Things are a Cock, How I Learned to Hug, The Moth Mainstage).

The (loose) aim of the workshops is to leave attendees with an idea for a story or show of their own, the framework for that show along with knowledge of how to take your show on the road. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to create and tell a 5-minute story of their own. The workshop will be interactive and geared around the ideas and intentions of the attendees.

About Jon:
Jon Bennett is a world renowned comedic storyteller and 7 X Just for Laughs Award nominee.
Jon’s comedy career began in his homeland Australia, and after 14 years in the business, he is now known as one of the most prolific storyteller-comedians touring the world.

With a total of 8 one-hour-long individual comedy shows and appearing in over 65 festivals, Jon is constantly performing across the globe making people laugh through exceptional comedic storytelling.

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Expression- Youth Stories

Local youth will be given a brief to tell their stories, moments in their lives and/or visions of the future. They may use any medium they feel fits. Dance, Poetry, Photography, Film, Song, Circus, and theatre will fuse together to tell their stories.

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Rhian-vested

Wellington comedian Rhian Wood-Hill takes a lot of gambles. Embarking on a 500-mile walking tour across in the height of Australian summer, for example. But sometimes he knows what he’s doing: On stage and at the poker table Wood-Hill has charm, wit, and thorough analysis ensuring his success – although his career has not landed him at Nelson Fringe without some wacky risks.

Rhian-vested is Wood-Hill’s brand new hour comedy special about his time as a professional poker player. This very special New Zealand International Comedy Festival preview raises the personal stakes even higher than before. Wood-Hill’s debut solo show may have delved deep into family drama but Rhian-vested strips Rhian and his own decisions bare to show the highs and lows of living off casino cash on the Brisbane coast. Pop a few chips on the table; Rhian is all in and has some tall tales to tell… but he isn’t bluffing.

“Rhian's unpretentiously direct approach to relating his personal tale is immediately engaging” –Theatreview (How I Met My Father).

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The Chronicles of:

It's interactive, choice based adventure that is born from a love of Role Playing games, such as Dungeons and Dragons, Video Games, and Choose your own adventure books. You play the role of the Hero (or Antihero) in a magical world full of Dwarves, Goblins, Elves, Dragons, magic and intrigue. You’ll get a set of options at random points in the show, asking what you would do. This is your fantasy adventure, You can and will die multiple times - It's not easy! Choose your path, will you face the Dragon, or run?

The show is a solo performance, set within a linear narrative that branches out upon moments of decision. Upon branching out the chosen option will resolve, then the story will continue. The audience will be presented with up to 4 options from which they can choose. The story can’t continue without the audience making a choice. This show has conceptually evolved in every iteration from its first showing in 2013 to 2016– a total of 4 different shows.

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NZ Music Month - Taonga puoro Maori music celebration

This presentation will explore the traditional musical instruments of Māori and will feature Bob Bickerton, Holly Tikao-Weir and Solomon Rahui.

As well as hearing the sounds of the instruments, we will learn the stories about their background and significance in Te Ao Māori.

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Workshop: Circus S'cool: Learn Hula Hooping & Juggling!

Run away to the circus and come and learn how to juggle or hula hoop! With expert instructions from real life circus performers, you'll learn some awesome skills and have a lot of fun at the same time. Using tried and true teaching techniques that have seen literally thousands of people experience the joy and satisfaction of mastering these tricks, Paul & Deryn look forward to sharing their love of circus with you! R10+

About Deryn and Paul:
Deryn French has been a full time circus performer and instructor since 2010. Starting as a hula hoop, burlesque, acrobatic pole and acrobatic performer, she now specialises in her first love, hula hoops.
Paul is a multi award winning full time juggler and juggling instructor, who has been carving out a passionate career as a circus artist in New Zealand and overseas since 2002.

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Workshop: Level Up

In this workshop, Improvisors will be challenged to let go of their own habits and leap into the unknown.

Sometimes it can be hard to see our own habits and we can feel like we are hitting a ceiling of our own improvisation skills. In this workshop, Katherine will look at your play and give you tailored feedback on how to expand and grow your improvisation. You will then have a chance to work this feedback in the room.

Perfect for improvisors who want to be challenged.

About Katherine:
Katherine is currently the co-artistic director of Impro Melbourne and has directed and played in a number of seasons in such shows as Theatresports™, Gorilla Theatre™, and Maestro™. She has trained with many improvisation and acting teachers over the years and believes you should never stop learning. Her love of performing is only matched by her love of teaching- of which she has been honoured to do on a weekly basis in Melbourne and at improvisation festivals in Wurzburg Germany, Wellington New Zealand, Canberra Australia, and Adelaide Australia. Katherine is also a troupe member of Soothplayers - Improvised Shakespeare.

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Motueka Library: Author Talk - Firooz Zadeh

Come to Motueka Library and listen to internationally acclaimed author Firooz Zadeh talk about Syria and the Worldwide Refugee Crises.

Firooz Zadeh has four award winning books and has been a lecturer on cruise ships for 12 years.

Firooz will talk about the great migration of refugees and their tragic journeys to find new homes.

Firooz Zadeh's books will also be available for purchase.

Koha appreciated.

All welcome.

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Strangers

"Strangers" is a unique, unscripted comedy-drama devised by veteran improviser Jonathan Briden. This show has been getting rave reviews in Christchurch and has recently toured to Dunedin Fringe Festival. The show is different every night with new characters and unscripted stories.

"Strangers" explores the moment when two strangers meet. It may be a fleeting moment of connection, the start of a whirlwind romance, or the beginning of a deadly rivalry.

Watch as our actors create beautiful moments of humour, heartbreak, and humanity in an unscripted exploration into the genesis of relationship.

Impulse Theatre perform twice monthly shows in Christchurch. The cast are experienced actors with years of theatre, improvisation, stand up comedy and screen acting experience.

"Strangers" is their new show - coming to Nelson for the first time.

Nelson Fringe cast includes Jonathan Briden, Joanna Prendergast, Debbie Klausen, Lucy Darlington, Mark Darbyshire and Aaron Jelley.

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Logan Kitney's What's My Definition?

Having performing for 7 and a half years as a comedian and magician Logan Kitney has had one hell of a rollercoaster from addiction, to time in hospital, to a crazy upbringing. This show tells the story through comedy and magic. The masterpiece on stage that you see before you is nothing like any show you have ever seen but it will change you!! It's funny, it's surprising, it's impacting, and it's real!! What more could you want?

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Double Georgie Pie: A Ballet

Pies are defined by their crusts. Ballets are choreographed and performed by trained ballet dancers. Source: Wikipedia

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NZ Music Month - Rural Mail

This cohesive quartet, whose enjoyment of New Zealand song and verse is always at the forefront of their performances, can make you laugh and weep, but above all, your entertainment is guaranteed.
Roger Lusby and Paul Bond with their wives Deirdre and Chris have created a music group dedicated to New Zealand ballads and folklore.

Paul Bond is a multi instrumentalist and first rate entertainer who has been writing and performing many songs about the Nelson area, performing in various groups. Paul is renowned for his wit and resonant tenor voice. Roger Lusby grew up in the rich gold country of Central Otago. He has written many songs about the people and places of Otago and has been performing NZ folk ballads for 40 years.Both Roger and Paul have recorded albums which will be available for sale.
Rural Mail guarantees a delivery of great New Zealand songs and poems.

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Workshop: the Art of The Emcee

Emceeing a show can be terrifying for many of people but it is one of the most valuable tools in a performers toolkit. This workshop will give you the confidence and skill set to start hosting a show wherever you are. You'll learn road tested audience warm-ups and games, and hopefully some insight into how to be the soul of a show.

Steve Wilbury has been Emceeing shows for 15 years, starting at the Vaudeville Cabaret Club in Edinburgh in 2002. Since then he's emceed rowdy cabarets, tiny village fetes, high calibre corporate gigs and everything in between.

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Workshop: The Business of Fringe: Artists' Forum

Veteran Fringe artists discuss and answer questions regarding their Fringe experiences across NZ and the world and offer up advice on how to survive and thrive in a Fringey world.

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Takaka Library: Joy Cowley - The Healing Power of Language

We are absolutely delighted to welcome celebrated New Zealand author Joy Cowley to be part of Takaka Library's 10th anniversary celebrations.

Joy Cowley is a widely published, award-winning writer of fiction for adults and children. Particularly well known for her picture books and readers or children, it is Joy's skill as a writer of everyday life and her ability to draw children in through her wonderful storytelling skills that have made her an important force in the creation of young readers in many countries.

Joy will be delivering an adult-focused talk on the healing power of language.

Join us for a drink and nibbles after Joy's talk.

All welcome.

Free.

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The Ultimate Nia Experience

Join visiting Nia faculty trainer and choreographer, Kelle Rae Oien and flow into this two hour journey
blending all things Nia in an inspired & elegant
movement playshop.
Covering- Classic Nia, 5 Stages of Self Healing,
Moving to Heal, 52 Moves & Movement Meditation. Move and condition your body, free your mind and ignite the spirit!

For more info on Nia see www.nianow.com
Weekly classes held in Nleosn at Studio Evolve and Old St Johns Hall/

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Richmond Library: Introduction to Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com has billions of records to help you trace your family tree. Learn what is available in Ancestry.com and how to search it effectively.

This course will look at search tips for using Ancestry.com, record collections for the United Kingdom and New Zealand and Public Member Trees.

For more information and to book your place contact Richmond Library, phone 03 543 8500.

All welcome. Free.

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Home Invasion

Taylor, an entitled youth breaks into ex SAS soldier Peter Methune's house, but happens to have picked on the wrong man. He is captured by Methune and tied to a chair, and in the morning he’s offered a choice: be dobbed in to the police or come and work for Methune renovating the house for a couple of weeks. Taylor takes the latter option and he and Methune begin working together doing up the house.

Despite some rocky moments and a clash of attitudes, an empathy begins to develop between the two as Taylor realises Methune is not abusive like his own father and genuinely does want to help him. Methune too realises Taylor didn't have all the opportunities he had in life and maybe some of his judgements might have been a little ill-informed.

Northpark Productions is now bringing another of Justin’s plays ‘Home Invasion’ to the stage, this time in collaboration with actors Nathan Green, Miranda Warner, Stuart Corkery and Lucy King.

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Nathan Hedley Is Suicide an Option

This show is based on Nathan Hedley’s attempts and thoughts of suicide as well as his depression. He will explore what he does to try and keep his thoughts off these things. With the help of props and videos, Nathan will share his deep and true stories.

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Penguins, Critters and Humanity

A showcase of 10-minute plays by Australian playwright's David Bulmer and Alex Broun, and Nelsonian Nikkie Karki. 'Doing it For the Penguins' (David Bulmer) is a political satire about a green MP biking it for World Environment Day. 'Living with the Enemy' (David Bulmer) is a comedy featuring a meticulous homemaker who grows ever more obsessed with a home invader. 'An Angel but in the Dark' (Alex Broun) is a drama based on a true story. A couple reflect on the cruel murder of their daughter by a troubled young man. 'Ivy' by local playwright Nikkie Karki, is a black comedy about an aging woman whose main companion is her pet fish.

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Toxic Mas

Toxic Mas is a one man show that talks about toxic masculinity, his father's death and the one moment that changed his life forever. Cameron McLeod has been performing stand-up all over the country since 2014. Now comes his brand new show covering what it means to be a man, our relationships with each other and why the idea that we are alive at all is amazing. Guaranteed to have plenty of laughs, this show also has multiple stories from his life - some serious, some funny, all thoughtful. Having performed at Fringe Festivals up and down the country, but with a focus on the last three Dunedin Fringe Festivals, Dunedin really feels like a second home. Cameron brings his brand new show full of hilarity, honesty and masculinity, whatever that means?

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Apocalyptic Us

Sunday Morning Gothic: two sensual goths, Audrey Porne & Reuben Todd. Apocalyptic Us: a show on death, sex and being beautiful. Sketch, stand-up and low drama. Apocalyptic and silly.

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Workshop: Creating Connection

This workshop will focus on the space between actors.

How can we create, manipulate and morph relationships on stage? How can we be completely comfortable and vulnerable with our scene partners?

Using trust exercises, physical theatre methods, script exercises and communicative techniques, workshop attendees will come away with a skill set aimed at utilising the magic between actors.

About Georgie:
Georgie Sivier is a graduate of the New Zealand College of Performing Arts and is now Artistic Director of The PlaySpace Theatre Company. A resident tutor for The Big Little Theatre Company, Georgie's students have recently been awarded the Trinity Guildhall World Exhibition award for the second year running. As a performer, Georgie recently was awarded the 'Outstanding Achievement' at the Christchurch Comedy Awards, 'Best Show' at the Go Media Comedy Carnival, 'Best out of Town Show' Nelson Fringe, but she doesn't like to brag about it.

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Workshop: Stand-up Comedy

This collaborative workshop will focus on creating and developing material, either from scratch or refining a piece of already established material and making it punchier.

Each person will get 'stage time' to present their ideas, so it would be ideal to come to the workshop with some preparation done, but if you want to come along and wing it, there will also be a short, sharp writing session where you can develop something to present.

All you need to bring is yourself, something to write on and something to write with, plus any snacks or drinks you think will help with the creative process.

About Ben:
Ben has been a comedian for ten years, mostly based in Wellington as part of the scene there. He has performed and produced shows at the NZ International Comedy Festival since 2011, as well as producing shows for Brendhan Lovegrove and Li'i Alaimoana.

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Takaka Library: Blast From the Past - Law in the Bay

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of our 'new library' in Takaka with tall tales and true by locals from varied occupations and lifestyles.

Tony and Gillian Cunningham will give their unique perspectives on policing in the Bay in the 1970s and 80s. Their stories, both funny and sad, will keep you entertained.

All welcome.

Koha.

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Motueka Library: Music - Motueka High School Students

Students from Motueka High School will be performing music at Motueka Library as part of our New Zealand Music Month celebrations.

May is new Zealand Music Month - a time to celebrate our music, our musicians, our heritage and our creative spirit.

Motueka Library is hosting several musical events featuring students from Motueka High School.

Come and listen to these young performers and enjoy our homegrown talent.

Make the most of this fantastic opportunity to be involved in this nationwide music promotion.

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Fire in the Meth Lab

Internationally renowned comedian and storyteller Jon Bennett (Pretending Things are a Cock, My Dad’s Deaths) is comedy on fire and storytelling on speed. He is bringing Fire in the Meth Lab back to Nelson for all those who missed out on the first sneaky drop - make sure to catch it this time round for an hour of comedy that is meaningful, bizarre, hilarious and true.

“This show will make you laugh, even after you’ve left the venue. ★★★★★” – Vue Weekly (CAN).

The show is a shocking and chaotic tale about Bennett’s brother, told with both charismatic hilarity and heart-warming, poignant reflection. It’s a story of drug dealers, bikers, high-speed car chases, fights, crime, prison, vomit, exploding houses, and even cancer.

“Bennett has an uncanny and unnerving ability to make you crease up with laughter before dropping a perfectly timed bombshell. ★★★★” - Time Out (UK).

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Hands

She was just a normal girl with normal hands, with one basic goal in life; to keep her African Violet plant alive. Part physical comedy, part low-fi music gig, ‘Hands’ uses simplistic theatricality, storytelling and a sock to bring to life the world of a girl, struck with the dilemma of seeping hands.
From the mind of Pip Smith, with the help of her friends.

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Drop the Mask

About the artistic direction…
I’ve always wanted to be the owner of place where people can feel safe to be themselves and can spend good times with friends. I thought about having a bar since I was twelve. Thanks to theatre, I can make things happen during one night, or more, like a dream. So I decided to create my own bar on stage, and bring it wherever I want in the world. In this show, I don’t come with a team. I create the cast on the spot because … this is the goal! Open a place for improvisers and actors where they can feel free to do what they want.

About masks…
Full mask reacts. That’s it. They don’t speak about anything else other than what is happening right now. They sit down on a chair, this is the story. They look at the bartender, this is the story. They try to get off the stage, this is the story. You can’t cheat with masks, you have to be there, present, connected with the reality to create the magic.

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Stepping Up

The show is based on Ben ‘Tito’ Caldwell’s journey into fatherhood and the unique circumstances that this happened in. When he met his wife, she was an adoptive solo mother of three children, all of who have special and behavioural needs (which continue to evolve and present new challenges for them both).

Almost overnight Ben went from being a single mid-twenties university slacker to a step father of these children. Complicating matters further, his wife and he have two children between them, bringing their total amount of children to five.
Ben hadn't thought too much about the impact that this would have on his life but in hindsight it has changed things dramatically, resulting in bouts of depression.
The aim of the show is to guide people through Ben’s journey to where he is today, both in terms of his circumstances and his mental well-being. At times the content will be brutal, as he views this show as a type of therapy, but it will also be warm. Ben hopes the audience will come away from it having had a great laugh but also knowing that despite his flaws, he’s a pretty good Dad to all his children.

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The War Prayer Concert

The War Prayer Concert combines the talents of poet Mark Raffills, late of Golden Bay and currently on grandparent duty north of Auckland, projectionist and musician Phill Simmonds from Raumati South, singer/songwriter Lisa Williams from Onekaka in Golden Bay, singer/songwriter Leigh Strange from Collingwood in Golden Bay and director Ronnie Short from Golden Bay. The concert programme looks like this:

a. Blowin' In The Wind - Mark, Phil, Leigh, Lisa.
b. Universal soldier - Lisa.
c. Military madness - Phil.
d. With God on our side – Leigh.
e. Gallipoli - Poem Mark.
f. All the young men - Poem Mark.
g. Angles mistaken - Leigh.
f. University of peacee - Lisa.
g. We can live in peace now - Phill.
h. Masters of War - as poem, Mark.
i. The War Prayer - Mark.
j. Imagine – Leigh.

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Bay City Shimmy

Think you know belly dance? Expect the unexpected with the performances on offer in this show.
Bay City Shimmy is a vibrant celebration of belly dance in New Zealand, pulling together multiple styles of belly dance into a show that will have you wanting to join the dancers in moving to the exotic beats.
This show has everything from dramatic sword dances to breathtaking veil work, oriental sparkle and tribal groove.

The funky fusion beats and breathtaking performances will have audiences at the edge of their seat (or dancing in the aisles). Featuring dance groups from Nelson, the West Coast and Tasman, this show features many of the styles and fusions that have evolved from this dance forms exciting and varied history. Bollywood Fusion, Oriental Fusion, American Tribal Style, dramatic skirt moves, Spanish Fusions and more appear in this whirlwind 55 minute show. The music selection represents the variety of styles with Bollywood beats through to the rhythms of the middle east, each song pulling the audience into the rich tapestry of movement and music that is belly dance.

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The Man Who Was Thursday

Based on GK Chesterton’s 1908 story The Man Who Was Thursday, A Nightmare. Updated to our time.

Gabriel Syme has been recruited into a secret police anti-anarchist unit. His mission, to infiltrate a secret Anarchist Council dedicated to overthrowing the state.

Syme manages to get himself invited to a meeting by a anarchist poet, Lucian Gregory. At the meeting Gregory tries to get himself elected to the seven member board, but Syme beats him to the post and takes his place under the pseudonym Thursday.

As the story continues Thursday gradually discovers that five of the remaining board members are also secret police infiltrating the group, leaving only the mysterious and terrifying Sunday as a real anarchist who has been bombing cities.

In the final moments Sunday is challenged and forced to reveal the true nature of his campaign of terror.

Pete Coates portrays about a dozen different characters from timid poets to grotesque tyrants out to destroy civilisation in a comedy that investigates our attitudes to the fear of anarchy.

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Things That Funny

"Putin is turning 8 and all his friends are invited to his birthday party. Yes, even you, you didn’t think he’d forget? There you will meet the rest of his family, including his absent-minded aspiring writer father and his irascible former ballet star grandmother. You will also find answers to all the important questions. Like, will Putin get a dog for his birthday? Will his father finish a novel he’s been trying to start for 5 years? Will his grandmother make her grand Broadway comeback despite her bad hip?"

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'Broken Lexicon' - Concert

Wellington based Indie-Acoustic duo Broken Lexicon will be touring the South Island this May, celebrating the recent release of their debut album Springboard, through one in a series of mini-tours around New Zealand. With seven dates booked throughout the South Island, and a couple on the Cook Strait, they will share not only the collection of twelve original tracks from their recent release, but alsoseveral pieces that are yet to be recorded. They produce a sound that is part Folk-Funk, part Gypsy-Jazz, part Indie-Pop and entirely enthralling. The Wellington based duo is made up of New Zealand Singer/Songwriter Brook Davies and Russian born guitar virtuoso Alexey Medvedev. Together they weave lyrics full of emotion, charm and wit, with a richly percussive, finger-picking guitar style that is unlike anything you will have heard before.

For more info: https://www.riverside.org.nz/single-post/2018/03/20/Broken-Lexicon---Concert

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Workshop: Oriental Fusion Belly Dance Drills and Combos

Belly Dancing is a beautiful and graceful art form that originated from the Middle East. Also known as Raks Sharqi, Egyptian Cabaret, and Oriental Dance, this dance captures your heart and soul with the hypnotic movements, the rhythms of the Middle East and the beautiful costuming.

Oriental Dance Fusion explores the basic vocabulary associated with Belly Dancing and then spices it up by combining it with other dance styles like Jazz and Bollywood. Come and Join Debbie for this 3-hour workshop.

The class will begin with some of the basics of Belly dance, we will look at Oriental dance technique, posture, and clean isolations. We will drill the movements to music and practice some fun and funky combinations with fusion elements. The session will include a Yoga based cool down and deep stretch at the end of the workshop. Be prepared to have fun, wear comfortable clothing that is not too constricting and brings a bottle of water. Debbie will supply some hip belts you can wear at the workshop to get you into the Belly Dance Groove.

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Workshop: Create Your Own Code of Conduct

There are people who, upon hearing the phrase ‘Code of Conduct’, respond with panicked cries of ‘Censorship!’, ‘What about my creative freedom?’ and ‘PC gone Mad!’

But a Code of Conduct is simply a set of boundaries and guidelines that an organisation or community agree to in order to foster a safe and constructive working environment. And as creative leaders, it is our responsibility to nurture and protect the spaces we lead, encouraging them to be inclusive and respectful.

Knowing how to write your own can be intimidating, but if you have the right tools (including a willingness to challenge yourself and to listen to critical feedback) you can take the next steps to better serving your community. This workshop uses discussion, group work, and individual feedback to help you develop the first draft of your Code of Conduct, and prepares you to take it back to your community for discussion and implementation.

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Takaka Library: Magic Show With Ms Fizzberry

Celebrate Takaka Library's 10th birthday with Ms Fizzberry's marvellous Magic Show!

Come dressed as your favourite book character and parade through the Saturday market. The two best dressed costumes win a prize!

All welcome - young and old.

Free.

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Search Engine

Search Engine

Shimmering light and captivating movement fill the universe of Search Engine, an exciting new show touring New Zealand and coming to Nelson 5 May.
Within this luminous, metallic world, three choreographers explore and define their experiences of what it means to seek out and search within our technologically-driven society. This is a different kind of dance experience, and is perfect for families, with light displays and soundscapes accompanying the dancers.
Three short works are by Lauren Langlois, winner of the Green Room Award, Rose Philpott, recipient of the Eileen May Norris Dance Scholarship, and Tupua Tigafua, professional dancer and choreographer since 2010.
Bringing together Search Engine is lighting and AV designer Charley Draper, who is creating a striking and playful projected world that will absorb the audience and punctuate the physicality of the dancers. The audience will surround the stage and will easily experience the incredible energy of the Footnote dancer. Sound designs by Jesse Austin-Stewart, Harry Benson-Rae and Jimi Wilson will integrate the movement and light.

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Ceroc Tea Dance

Ceroc Nelson's tea dance party at St Joseph's Hall, Manuka St.

Ceroc modern jive is a funky partner dance danced to most types of music.

Ceroc incorporates elements of other dance styles including Salsa, Swing, Rock'n'Roll, Jazz/Funk and more. As a result, it can easily be danced to a very wide range of music. Go to almost any party and you can certainly dance Ceroc there.

Having a tea dance early in the evening warms you up on a winters night before heading out to other events.

Come have a cup of tea/coffee and BYO plate of goodness.

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The Bubble Show

Join The Highland Joker with his beautiful soap bubbles in all shapes and sizes! Enjoy bouncy bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, smoke bubbles, square bubbles, giant bubbles and even fire bubbles! The Bubble show is interactive and suitable for all ages. Children and adults all enjoy the magical bubbling. The show is a unique blend of Magic, storytelling and Bubble-Art! Join The Bubble Show as you journey together through the realms of Bubbland!

The Highland Joker is owned and managed by Eran ‘The Bubble Man’, who initially trained professionally as a teacher (B.Ed.) and later on as an actor (MA Merit, Guildford School of Acting). Eran has many years experience as a workshop facilitator and a performing artist and is a member of The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand International Magicians Society and of the international Magicians Society. Eran received the Best Family-Act award in 2016 by Face TV.

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Ballista

Ballista is a fast paced, exhilarating ride through the 20th century, narrated through the lives of 2 circus artistes, Pablo & Popsi. Pablo, the consummate showman, is the Expert Trickster, juggling, balancing and manipulating his way through the ages, and Popsi, circus stage sensation, is the Queen of The Hoops, delivering glamorous and polished performances, and leaving suitors swooning in her wake.

World class skills, slapstick and spoken comedy, clever audience interplay and just a few special effects, this show knocks the socks off any age on any stage! Circus has come a long way in the last 100 years. From the dusty floorboards of the vaudevillian theatres of old, to the technological wonders of the modern day, the circus has always inspired, excited and enthralled.

The combination of physical prowess, unrestrained imagination, and theatrical magic have always left audiences gasping for more. Ballista celebrates this legacy and journeys through time with one constant thread throughout, sensational circus spectacles! So roll up, roll up, the circus is coming to town!!!

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Inside

'Inside' is a series of three stories that are moments in time. They have no clear beginning or end, they are just a quick view into each character's world. Each vignette is about 10 minutes long.

1. A woman is battling depression and the physical representation of it is with her at all times.
2. A person is losing their memory to dementia, we see what the inside of their mind looks like. (May incorporate mixed media including video and music).
3. A person is coping with a profound loss. We hear the platitudes that often get offered up in those circumstances.
4. A woman is living with domestic violence. We experience the fear that she faces day in and day out.
5. A young couple fall for each other but we watch as it deteriorates into a story of sexual assault and predation.

We may end up cutting some of the stories out and developing fewer stories more fully, but at this stage, I am interested in workshopping these to their conclusions. Each story could eventually become its own play but I'm fascinated by utilising vignettes as a means to tell relevant stories that are stripped down to their most condensed and powerful versions. The original title was Vignettes.

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Last Couple Left on Earth

Last couple left on earth, is a long form improv comedy show. This means there will be no script and no preplanning, it will be totally made up!

With your initial suggestion of what has happened to leave these two characters completely alone in the world, Glenn cousins and Nikkie Karki will proceed to take you, and their characters on a journey to discover their relationship with each other and their predicament.

What happened to them? How are they related to each other and do they actually get on? There maybe laughter, or tears, we hope more laughter than tears, but we can’t promise you as Its totally made up on the spot! eek. So come along with your suggestions and we will do the rest!

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The Thinking Person's Idiot

Rusty debuted his smash-hit show "I Learnt Something Once" at the 2017 Dunedin Fringe Festival, going on to take it nationwide and over the Tasman to widespread critical acclaim and audience delight.

Once again Nelson Fringe gets the chance to see Justin 'Rusty' White with a brand new solo hour of hilarity "The Thinking Person's Idiot".

"Justin White is a hidden gem of a comic who deserves to be better known.

If you see his name on a poster somewhere do yourself a favour and buy a ticket." - Nzcomedyreviews Akl.

"His dry, deadpan delivery complements perfectly the outrageous content of his stories for a combination that will make you ache with laughter" - TheatreView Dndn.

"Can only be described as hilarious" - ArtMurmurs Wgtn.

"A fearless mix of form and content, constructed with intention and intelligence" -EchoesFromTheWings Nlsn.
"Funny, funny, funny, funny, funny" - TheatreView Dndn.

Winner Best Comedian 2016 Chch Comedy Awards.

Winner Best Male Comedian 2017 Go Media Comedy.

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Kauri Jack

Once, Kauri Jack travelled all over.

Surviving a near deadly accident in the kauri-bush, he dreams of folk he's met along the way. These characters come alive to sing & celebrate the lore of Aotearoa/New Zealand. But for Jack, it's a beautiful haunting ~ a quest for healing, sanctuary, home.

John Crick turns up like the Ancient Mariner, with amazing true tales of New Zealand. Characters come alive, claim the space, own their stories and songs. Some tough themes are touched on, like musket, and land wars. But always The Folk, under test, doing their best, men and women, heroes and journeys, Aotearoa.

The yarns are told like all's happening now, in lively song-poetry style, seeking the essence: the tension, endurance, or to bear witness that such things were. There's 23 yarns ~ in a wondrous strange celebration of life in our land.

John delivers his tales in a character-driven, sparse, song-poetry style, (as used in two earlier heritage shows at Nelson Fringe). Here, in Jack's haunting, real NZ folk will stand and deliver, celebrate our land in new-shaped story and song.

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2 Dope 2 Teen

2 Dope Teenz is a comedy duo that riff off 90’s nostalgia, millennial angst and Saturday morning cartoons. Aaron and Alayne are your new ruckus best friends, here to drop some knowledge and teach you about the hazards of life.

2 Dope Teenz began as Late Night Knife Fight champions at BATS Theatre last year. They've now performed around the Wellington comedy circuit at cool parties like The Menagerie, Dank Comedy Wellington and Blacklight Comedy Club. Aaron and Alayne are excited to be premiering their full length show at the Nelson Fringe Festival.

**THIS IS WHERE WE WOULD DROP SOME DOPE PULL QUOTES FROM REVIEWS BUT WE DON'T HAVE ANY REVEIWS YET SO HERE ARE SOME QUOTES FROM OUR PARENTS**

"Why do all your friends have those bisexual names?"- Aaron's Dad

"Alayne, you are 25"- Alayne's Mum whenever Alayne makes life decisions

We're here for one night only, so make sure you book @ https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/2-dope-teen/nelson so you can YOLO without FOMO 4eva

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Alexander Sparrow is ENIGMA

From the guy behind ‘DJ Trump,’ comes a one-man comedy, starring the world's greatest pick-up artist!

Straight from the U. S of A, Enigma is here to make your life worth livin’. This PUA is here to help you become a master of seduction and a pick-up guru for the ages. Far from being a show just for the guys, he’s here to help FEG’s (Future Ex-Girlfriends) be the best they can be too. Enigma wants everyone to be a hero – especially you.

This show tears down the fourth wall like a Mack truck and puts you in the driver’s seat of your own life. Packed with anecdotes, demonstrations, jokes, and more than a little eye shadow, this is the beginning of the rest of your life: the part with all the sexy bits.

From one of New Zealand's best character comics, and World Top 10 Trump impersonator (Laugh Factory, Hollywood) Alexander Sparrow.

“fantastically entertaining”
Theatreview
"this show is a must see”
Art Murmurs
Winner: Outstanding Achievement
2017 Wellington Comedy Awards.

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NZ Music Month - Jacquie Walters

Jacquie has performed internationally and around New Zealand using original material plus traditional Scottish songs

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Smokefree Rockquest – Nelson Heats

Smokefree Rockquest is New Zealand’s only nationwide, live, original music, youth event. Founded in 1989 by music teachers Glenn Common and Pete Rainey, who now run Rockquest Promotions full-time out of Nelson, Smokefree Rockquest is a New Zealand institution.

Musical successes from Smokefree Rockquest include Kimbra, Broods, The Good Fun, Midnight Youth, Opshop, Annah Mac, Evermore, Ladyhawke, Minuit, Kids of 88, Die!Die!Die!, Pistol Youth, Bang!Bang!Eche!, Ivy Lies, Cairo Knife Fight, Cut Off Your Hands, Luke Thompson, The Datsuns, Brooke Fraser, Anika Moa, Anna Coddington, The Electric Confectionaires, Steriogram, Aaradhna, Spacifix, The Naked and Famous, Phoenix Foundation, The Feelers, The Black Seeds, Nesian Mystik, Bic Runga, The Checks, Julia Deans, Pine, King Kapisi, Kingston, The Naked and Famous, Autozamm and Elemeno P.

Smokefree Rockquest aims to motivate young musicians to prove their ability and realise the heights they can reach in their music careers, and to encourage their peers to support 100% original New Zealand music.

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Workshop: Soap Bubble Workshop

A 20 minute soap bubble workshop for children following the Bubble Show. The workshop will give children a hands-on experience. They’ll learn how to make bubble sculptures, practice some hand-bubbling technique, make a bubble tool which they then can take home and also stand inside a giant bubble! Bookings essential. R7+

About Eran:
Eran initially trained professionally as a teacher (B.Ed.) and later on as an actor (MA Merit) at the Guildford School of Acting and has many years experience as a workshop facilitator and a performing artist. He also trained in storytelling, creative writing, puppetry and clowning at Emerson College in England. He is a member of The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand and of the International Magicians Society and his acclaimed Bubble Show recently won the 'Best Family Act' award by Face TV.

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Workshop: Theater of Liberation

We will be using physical theatre and drama games to see power in society & co-creating possible solutions to these challenges. This play/workshop is based on the work of Augusto Boal and Giovanni Fusetti.

About Andy and Jen:
Andy's passion and skills have brought him from Japan to Europe, across the United States, and all over Aotearoa to study clowning, mask making, music, dance, and languages. He's currently teaching Performing Arts and Languages in Golden Bay, and Theater of Liberation in the community.

Jen has followed her love of movement and play through Central and South America, back and forth across the States, to Europe and New Zealand. Her focus is on aerial silks, clowning, acro yoga, herbalism, and dance. She builds big puppets, leads groups across massive mountain ranges, makes clothing, and is easily distracted by cute puppies. She is currently teaching aerial silks, clowning, and Theater of Liberation in Golden Bay.

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Destination Wakefield

1. Steam Museum, 222 Pigeon Valley Road, Wakefield is on steam (Allan 027 319 7427)
2. Willow Bank Heritage Village
79 Wakefield-Kohatu Highway, Wakefield
3. Villa Grove Estate (olive oils), 117 Wakefield-Kohatu Highway, Wakefield (03-541 8577)
4. Bush Walk Gallery, 15 Hunt Terrace, Wakefield (03-541 96 15)
5. Barbars (Collectibles Curios Crafts), 86 Higgins Road, Wakefield (03-541 87 92)
6. Carol's Emporium (antiques and collectables), 62 Whitby Road, Wakefield (03-541 9678 or 027 693 4412)
7. Thistle Studio (artist: Rose Shepard), 337 Higgins Road, Wakefield (027 406 4154)
8. Armageddon (paint ball), 334, Wai-iti Valley Road, Wakefield (03-541 8452)
9. Wakefield Bike Hire, 35, Edward Street, Wakefield (022 199 8321)
10. The Village Gallery (eclectic mix of jewellery + art), 30, Edward Street, Wakefield

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Datastical 1 Year Party at Trafalgar Park

The team behind Datastical would like to invite all the data & stats freaks to a "1 Year with Datastical" party at Trafalgar Park organised together with a local music band (unknown at the time of writing, will be updated soon!). The music will be suitable for everyone, so don't be afraid to come with your firends and family! More information will be available soon at our webiste, so - stay tuned!

DATASTICAL - be informed.

Notice: There is no entry fee for entering our event. You can bring your own food and drinks/soda if you wish.

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NZ Music Month - Hot Club Nelson

Known to many in the Nelson Jazz scene, Paul Gilmour & friends will entertain us with some swing blues.

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Motueka Library: Apples and Pears - Tastings and Recipe Swap

Do you like cooking with apples and pears? Join us for tastings and sharing tips on creating tasty recipes from fresh, delicious apples and pears.

Share your favourite sweet and savoury recipes using these lovely Autumn fruits.

Enjoy connecting with like-minded cooks and take recipes home.

While you're in the library, make sure to check out our wonderful range of books on cooking and preserving.

All welcome. Koha appreciated.

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Motueka Library: Music - Motueka High School Students

Students from Motueka High School will be performing music at Motueka Library as part of our New Zealand Music Month celebrations.

May is new Zealand Music Month - a time to celebrate our music, our musicians, our heritage and our creative spirit.

Motueka Library is hosting several musical events featuring students from Motueka High School.

Come and listen to these young performers and enjoy our homegrown talent.

Make the most of this fantastic opportunity to be involved in this nationwide music promotion.

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Dust Pilgrim

Dust Pilgrim is an intimate yet epic tale of a young woman’s fight for freedom in a world where dreams and premonitions are as real as the wind.Inspired by the limitless imaginings of magic realism and told in Red Leap’s trademark physical and visceral style.

Panuelo is trapped in a life built on dust and shifting sands, held tight in the fist of her tyrannical mother. On uncovering the restless bones of a secret long buried, Panuelo makes a daring bid for freedom and runs out into the vast desert, encountering a world of tricksters, prophets, boundaries and borders. But things are never as they seem. Panuelo must stop running and face up to her mother to truly set herself free.

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Port Nelson Mums Meet Mums

WHO: Mums who are pregnant or who have a child under 3 years old.

WHAT: An entirely social afternoon! We’re mixing it up speed dating style so you will have the chance to meet some new mums.

TREATS: Incredible plant medicine teas from Artemis paired with high tea delicacies plus a glass of bubbles on arrival!

FREEBIES: Take home goodie bags full of delicous treats, product samples and discounts plus spot prizes all thanks to our incredible sponsors!

EXPERIENCES: We've got pamper stations set up for the mums to enjoy complimentary makeovers, hair styling, manicures, massage and more!

BUBS: Ideally you'll have someone to look after your little one/s, at the same time, we have a mini crèche on-site you can book into where the little ones will be looked after.

COMMUNITY: $5 from every ticket is donated to Perinatal Support Nelson to help them continue their support of mums in the Nelson/Tasman community.

TICKETS: LIMITED NUMBERS! No door sales as this is a catered event.

A massive thanks to our sponsors Port Nelson and Treasures for helping to ensure this event is a success.

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Moscow Ballet La Classique presents The Nutcracker

Following 2017 sell-out performances of Swan Lake, Moscow Ballet la Classique returns to New Zealand to present the jewel of classical ballet, Tchaikovsky’s spectacular masterpiece The Nutcracker

La Classique was founded in 1990 by its current director Elik Melikov. La Classique with its artistic ballet mastery, lavish costumes and magnificent stage sets will take us on a journey back in time to the frost-covered, gas lit world of Clara, her beloved Nutcracker doll and the magician Drosselmeyer.

This romantic tale with its blend of magic and realism brings to life the popular Tchaikovsky score featuring the famous “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “The Waltz of the Flowers.”

The greatest success of Russian theatre is undoubtedly Classical ballet.

With this delightful production of the much loved Nutcracker, la Classique captures the imagination, the passion, the humour and magic of the

“is the dream for real . . . or is it just a fairytale”

From the critics

As sweet as a nut, it doesn’t get much better than this – Jersey Evening Post

Gloriously traditional production that captures all of the fairytale enchantment and beauty one could wish for – Manawatu Standard

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Jennian Homes Mothers day Fun Run/Walk

The nationwide Jennian Homes Mother's day fun run/walk/stroll returns this year, offering women the chance to have fun, get active and support a worthy cause. There's a reason we run this event every year. Heart disease is the single biggest killer of women, claiming lives of over 3000 women each year. We have partnered up with the Heart Foundation to support it's 'Heart Foundation for women'campaign, which aims to help stop our women dying prematurely of heart disease. Join us for a 5km walk/run or stroll this Mothers Day. With 20 events nationwide, it'll be a great start to the day and you'll be doing your bit to help beat heart disease.

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Fergus Aitken: Masterclass in movement & mime: Nelson

A three-hour intensive movement and mime workshop for performing artists and people wishing to develop their physical skills and awareness.

Students are taken on a journey of play and exploration, developing spontaneity, freedom, playfulness and presence plus mime techniques, via games and improvisation.

- illusionary mime
- movement analysis
- slow motion
- states of tension
- isolations and robotics

The workshop costs $55 each.
Early Bird $40 (until Friday 27 April)
For ages 16 plus.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
Spaces are limited.

Interested participants please book via www.ghostlight.nz

There are two free places available. To apply for these scholarship places please submit a 1 page letter detailing why you feel you should be offered a free place. For more details on scholarship places, please contact info@fergusaitken.co,nz

Recent masterclasses have included Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Motueka, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.

Workshop leader Fergus Aitken has three decades experience of performing and teaching in over a dozen countries world-wide.

Fergus trained in mime, physical theatre, circus and clown, in the UK and in NZ.

www.fergusaitken.co.nz

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Lumina

Direct from Paris’ prestigious Théâtre National de Chaillot and Liverpool, following sold out seasons and standing ovations in New Zealand, the Holland Dance Festival and Germany, The New Zealand Dance Company proudly presents one of its most sought after and celebrated programmes – Lumina. Three incomparable pieces of contemporary dance explode off the stage in “ground-breaking” and “hypnotic” (NZ Herald) spectacles resulting in a “tour de force of dance, music and light.” (DANZ)

Artistic Director Shona McCullagh tasked the three dynamic creative teams with creating a world where light was the connective force of the programme. Featuring some of Holland and New Zealand’s finest choreographers, composers and designers, Lumina is a rich world “presenting a veritable explosion of fantastically illuminated spaces, images and superbly performed contemporary dance.” (NZ Herald)

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Richmond Library: Richmond Writing Group – David McManus

The Richmond Writing Group is for adults with an interest in writing – whether you’re just thinking about starting to write something, or you’re a published author, or somewhere in between.

The Richmond Writing Group meets on the third Tuesday of every month at Richmond Library. It’s a great opportunity to meet other people with a shared interest in writing, and to put pen to paper!

This month CopyPress Publishing owner David McManus will be sharing some great publishing know-how.

Bring writing materials.

Free. All welcome.

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Opera Unboxed

They say that Opera has the best tunes, but these days we so rarely hear them in the provinces.

There is clearly a hunger to hear these marvellous melodies sung by the “big voices”. Last year, Lloyd Webber to Puccini, featuring tenor James Rodgers and mezzo Rachelle Pike sold-out Blenheim’s ASB Theatre. So we are doing it again, this time in Blenheim and Nelson, with four NZ Opera colleagues presenting an evening of music from the worlds of Grand Opera and Musical Theatre – their favourites and yours.

Baritone Robert Tucker directs and performs Opera Unboxed, with New York based mezzo Rachelle Pike, our favourite Aucklander Helen Medlyn, and exciting young Wellington tenor Declan Cudd, accompanied by international pianist Catherine Norton.

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Takaka Library: Blast From the Past - The Golden Bay Alpine and Tramping Club

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of our 'new library' in Takaka with tall tales and true by locals from varied occupations and lifestyles.

Kevin Durkin and Paul Kilgour will be presenting a fascinating visual presentation on the history of the Golden Bay Alpine and Tramping Club.

Koha.

All welcome.

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Motueka Library: Music - Motueka High School Students

Students from Motueka High School will be performing music at Motueka Library as part of our New Zealand Music Month celebrations.

May is new Zealand Music Month - a time to celebrate our music, our musicians, our heritage and our creative spirit.

Motueka Library is hosting several musical events featuring students from Motueka High School.

Come and listen to these young performers and enjoy our homegrown talent.

Make the most of this fantastic opportunity to be involved in this nationwide music promotion.

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NZ Music Month -The Dukes of Weathershire

Garry and Alex play original folk rock tunes with a modern twist, bringing tales of love, life and the road. Both Nelson based with influences as varied as the Jack Kerouac beat generation through to Bob Dylan and the English folk music scene of Bert Jansch,Ralph McTell & Pentangle. Melodic tunes complemented by insightful lyrics...two guitars, two chaps with tales to tell...

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Smokefree Rockquest – Nelson Finals

Smokefree Rockquest is New Zealand’s only nationwide, live, original music, youth event. Founded in 1989 by music teachers Glenn Common and Pete Rainey, who now run Rockquest Promotions full-time out of Nelson, Smokefree Rockquest is a New Zealand institution.

Musical successes from Smokefree Rockquest include Kimbra, Broods, The Good Fun, Midnight Youth, Opshop, Annah Mac, Evermore, Ladyhawke, Minuit, Kids of 88, Die!Die!Die!, Pistol Youth, Bang!Bang!Eche!, Ivy Lies, Cairo Knife Fight, Cut Off Your Hands, Luke Thompson, The Datsuns, Brooke Fraser, Anika Moa, Anna Coddington, The Electric Confectionaires, Steriogram, Aaradhna, Spacifix, The Naked and Famous, Phoenix Foundation, The Feelers, The Black Seeds, Nesian Mystik, Bic Runga, The Checks, Julia Deans, Pine, King Kapisi, Kingston, The Naked and Famous, Autozamm and Elemeno P.

Smokefree Rockquest aims to motivate young musicians to prove their ability and realise the heights they can reach in their music careers, and to encourage their peers to support 100% original New Zealand music.

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NZ Music Month - Mosaic choir

Mosaic are known in the Nelson scene for their world music repertoire sung unaccompanied. Today we'll hear some NZ songs too.

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Zulu Love

Despite deep personal loss, ZULU LOVE have decided not to disappoint their New Zealand audiences and they will be returning to Nelson.

ZULU LOVE is a Johannesburg (South Africa) based band starring some of Soweto’s top musicians. Nelsonians will remember them as the incredible vocalists from last year’s sold-out performances of Stimela the Musical. “As soon as people saw them, they were bowled over by their incredible talent, infectious enthusiasm and pure joy” Nelson Mail

Their deep rich African harmonies blend traditional styles such as isicathamiya with upbeat African Soul.
Celebrate the return of the incredible music of South Africa with artists we can’t wait to see again! Don’t miss the soaring voices and Zulu Love!

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Jackie Bristrow & Mark Punch

Jackie Bristow is pleased to announce she is returning home to New Zealand in May with Australian musician and long-time collaborator, the talented Mark Punch.

"I love playing intimate listening rooms, house concerts and festivals. I am excited to return to New Zealand to play some of my favourite concert venues. It’s always a buzz to come home and connect with friends and family. It fill's my heart."

"Jackie Bristow captivates audiences, with her soulful voice, well crafted songs and natural live command. Jackie has star power. She exudes warmth and a commitment to her craft, which she has polished to gold in the many concert halls, festivals,and listening rooms she has played."

Jackie recently relocated to Nashville Tennessee. She writes, records and performs in Nashville when she’s home from the road.
Her 2016 album Shot Of Gold in USA and NZ garnered high praise. American magazine ‘Vents’ called it 'simply stunning.’ Graham Reid from NZ Herald gave it 4 stars.
Over the past year Bristow has had the honour of opening for many of her international heroes including Bonnie Raitt, Tommy Emmanuel, the Steve Miller Band, Foreigner.

Don't miss the opportunity to catch this beautiful Kiwi songbird at Fairfield,

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Wilson Dickson

America is like an enormous armed toddler at an all-you-can eat dessert buffet, simultaneously eating and throwing pudding around the room. Who’s going to tell him to stop? Where are his parents? A situation like this needs a calm, firm hand: someone with insight and experience, someone like Wilson Dixon.

“Deadpan delivery of some of the funniest songs you’ll ever hear” – Time Out, UK

“Simply sensational and utterly unmissable” – TVNZ

“At the absolute top of his game” – Sunday Star Times

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Book Night 2018

Join in from home, work, or the bus/train...wherever you are on the night! Grab a book or e-book, the whanau, your book club or your cat/dog & read for fun for 15+ minutes. Then go to www.bds.org.nz/booknight to place a star on the interactive NZ map & enter the prize draw.

Community events in some places.

Details at bds.org.nz/booknight

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