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Nelson Arts Festival - Masked Parade

Nelson Arts Festival - Masked Parade

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  • Fri 19 Oct ’12, 5:00pm – 10:00pm


City Centre, Trafalgar Street, Nelson / Tasman


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Part of Nelson Arts Festival 12 - 28 October 2012.

In Nelson we welcome the spring with an explosion of creativity. For 17 years the Nelson Arts Festival has offered Nelsonians and visitors a fortnight of top national and international theatre, dance, cabaret, music and talks. This year’s festival opens on 12 October and leads up to the Nelson Masked Parade on Friday 19 October.

The theme this year is Myths and Legends: From Zeus and Aphrodite to Rangi and Papa - explore the ancient world or take a Pacific voyage, delve into legends with King Arthur or with Maui, bring fairytales to life, visit other cultures and their tales of tales of dragons, gods and spirits. All brought to life in music, movement, mask and costume.

The parade has developed into a dynamic event that spans many art forms - music, dance, performance, mask-making, costume and whole schools in choreographed performance pieces. It captures the spirit of participation and creativity that the Nelson Arts Festival is all about. The music starts, the crowds pour into town and the shouts of children in their costumes and masks create the magic that is the festival. The Masked Parade is a major highlight that’s unique to Nelson with over 4000 participants in mask and costume and thousands more watching the action and joining in for the More FM Carnivale – a great start to Labour Weekend in Nelson.

The festival programme is packed with music, dance and theatre including the return of Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen in a deliciously macabre Kabaret Noir of darkly humorous, highly emotive songs at our own Mainstage venue at Founders Heritage Park.

A highlight at the historic Theatre Royal will be acclaimed actor Michael Hurst in Frequently Asked Questions - some serious (but hilarious) late-night soul-searching in a solo show where he captures all four of Shakespeare’s great tragic heroes.

The line-up for Page and Blackmore Readers and Writers includes Poetry in the Vineyard with Fiona Farrell at Woollaston Estates, and an environmental theme for this year’s Thinking Brunch at the Granary Festival Café.

Great entertainment over Labour Weekend in heritage venues.

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