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Nelson Arts Festival

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13 OCTOBER 2008 - The Nelson Arts Festival begins on Thursday (Oct 16), immersing Nelson in a feast of arts packed into the twelve days until Labour Weekend Monday. Nelson City Council Festival Director Annabel Norman says ticket sales are excellent, with some sell out shows, but plenty of choice left for impulse and last minute buyers. The Port Nelson Masked Parade kicks the festival off on Friday October 17, with over 4000 expected to take part and all the usual attractions in the city centre, including food stalls, ferris wheel, a French flavoured Pacifica dub band Mamaku Project and an opportunity for home talent to shine in Everyman Lip Synch. Ms Norman said the programme line up includes international treats such as Tierra Flamenca and the Spanish silent comedy Tricicle, top New Zealand shows including circus theatre The Butler and the new Auckland Theatre Company work Ship Songs plus a big focus on free community events like the the Fulton Hogan Family Finale - with the amazing Pet Art Wear (PAW) where dogs in drag take to the cat walk. We have a crew of over 20 in the final stages of creating venues at Founders Park where we are based this year, she said. People are going to be wowed by the transformation, which starts right from the moment you enter the Windmill and become part of the dramatic video and sound installation Beacon. The Manifest Sculpture Exhibition features installations from invited artists with interactive and site specific works that will be dotted around the streets and exhibits of Founders Heritage Park. Woollaston Readers and Writers has an extensive programme of talks, mainly in the Festival Caf that will run at the Granary, with highlights including historian Dame Anne Salmond and a late night session with poet Sam Hunt. Programmes are in council offices, visitor centres, retails outlets and cafes throughout the region and tickets are on sale at Everyman Records in Hardy Street in Nelson and on the festival website The Nelson Arts Festival runs from October 16-27 2008. It is presented by the Nelson City Council as an added attraction for visitors and a celebration for locals.

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