Stage One

STAGE ONE provides exciting performance opportunities for your school in the Nelson Arts Festival in October 2016.

STAGE ONE consists of a high profile covered stage constructed on the 1903 site at the top of Trafalgar Street for the duration of the festival. School performances run between 11am and 2pm each weekday from Monday 17th to Friday 21st October 2016.

Not only is STAGE ONE a high profile performance opportunity for your school, the provision of professional stage management and sound systems by Bob Bickerton and Brendyn Montgomery will create a supportive environment where students can experience the excitement of public performance in a positive way.

There are no fees to participate in the STAGE ONE, but schools will need to make their own travel arrangements.


31st August – Applications Close
20th September – Performance Schedule Finalised
17th to 21st October – Stage One Performances

How To Get Involved

First up we’d like to know if your school is interested in participating in STAGE ONE, simply do this by filling out the form below.

The purpose of this form is to provide us with contact details so that we can work with you to explore performance options. We will contact you to talk options and negotiate a suitable time and date, as well as discuss any questions you may have about the festival, the stage or any other technical issues. Applications close on 31st August and we intend to finalize the programme by 20th September 2016.

Performance Type and Duration

A broad range of group performance genres can be accommodated including choirs, kapahaka, ukulele, bands, concert bands, orchestras and dance groups. Duration will be dependent on the group’s age and experience and will be negotiated. Generally each primary school is allocated 15 to 30 minutes, and secondary schools 60 to 90 minutes. Schools may showcase several groups during these times.


Stage One Booking Form

Please fill out your intentions with this form and we'll contact you by return.
  • Please give us an indication of the groups that may be performing from your school.


Please feel free to contact Bob Bickerton to discuss any questions you may have about STAGE ONE at [email protected]

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