With 200 artists in 50 events across 11 days, Nelson Arts Festival is jam-packed with unmissable arts experiences.

The incredible 2021 programme features award-winning Red Leap Theatre’s Owls Do Cry, physical theatre and circus performer Thom Monckton, Pasifika voices in Fua Creative’s Matala, our popular literary programme Pukapuka Talks and the theatrical event of the year, The Haka Party Incident. 

Music is in the air, including country with Tami Neilson, pop with The Beths, Taite Music Prize winner Reb Fountain, rap and dancehall with Rubi Du & PollyHill, synth-pop with KITA and the cool jazz of Lucien Johnson Quartet.

If cabaret is your thing, don’t miss star Rutene Spooner’s Thoroughly Modern Māui. Fancy some flamenco? Try Paul Bosauder. Meanwhile, over at The Boathouse, comedians James Roque and Pax Assadi will be cutting up a storm of laughs.

A festival highlight will surely be the daily art installation performances by the renowned dance/visual artist Charles Koroneho. All this and more, capped off with the world-famous Mask Carnivale - the best street party ever!

The Nelson Arts Festival takes place from 21-31 October 2021. The full programme is available on the Nelson Arts Festival website

Earlybird discount tickets are available until 31 August. This event is subject to COVID-19 Alert Levels.