Festivals at NCMA

NCMA has a history of producing its own festivals - the first being in 1994 to celebrate our 100th birthday.


NCMA is proud to be able to host the Nelson Arts Festival and the Adam Chamber Music Festival once again.

Nelson Arts Festival

The Nelson Arts Festival is held annually in October, and includes music, theatre, dance, a readers & writers programme, visual arts and community events. Performers and artists come from Aotearoa New Zealand and all over the world.

The Festival is thrilled to be able to include NCMA again as one of its venues.

For more information about the Nelson Arts Festival please visit the official website.

Adam Chamber Music Festival

NCMA is the traditional home of the world renowned Adam Chamber Music Festival. The festival is held in Nelson every 2 years and brings some of the world's leading chamber musicians to Nelson over 10 days.

NCMA looks forward to welcoming the Adam Chamber Music Festival back to the Nelson School of Music Auditorium from Thursday 31st January - Saturday 9th February in 2019.

More information about the festival please visit the official website.

NCMA Guitar Festival - January 2019

NCMA is pleased to offer a week-long summer school for students of classical guitar, flamenco guitar, and flamenco dance. The festival will run from Sunday 13th - Saturday 19th January and will consist of ensemble playing, forums, workshops, and concerts.

Enrolments are open to students of all ages. An entrance level of around grade 3 is advisable.

To learn more and to enrol for this wonderful festival, visit our Guitar Festival pages.

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