The continuation of COVID-19 Alert Level 2 has led to some Nelson Arts Festival event cancellations, but there
will be some exciting Labour Weekend events if the COVID Alert Level allows.

The Festival team aren’t able to deliver ticketed events in the first three weeks of October, so these shows have now been cancelled. All tickets purchased for cancelled shows will be refunded, minus the booking fee.

However, the Festival’s special Ngā Toi Huatau community programme will still bring colour and vibrancy to public spaces in Nelson, Richmond and Motueka and all ticketed shows happening from Labour Weekend on, including the full Pukapuka Talks literary programme, will go ahead.

The 2020 Nelson Arts Festival Ngā Toi Huatau programme begins on Thursday 1 October with Night Vision, a one-night extravaganza that encourages art lovers and newbies to engage in arts and experience central Nelson with a different
lens. Inspired by the international phenomenon White Night (Nuit Blanc), this is a free and whānau-friendly event involving more than 15 galleries.

Pukapuka Talks opens on Friday 23 October with award-winning Kurdish-Iranian journalist and author Behrouz Boochani, alongside fellow Iranian refugee Golriz Ghahraman, in conversation with investigative journalist Anke Richter. Another six sessions, including internationally renowned Nelson-based authors, take place at the Suter on Saturday 24 October and Sunday 25 October.

Over at Pic's Peanut Butter World, superstar food writer Annabel Langbein, appears in conversation with Nelson food writer Nicola Galloway on Monday 26 October.

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