Nelson College gears up for arts festival


Nelson College is set to launch into a weekend of showcasing its finest music, visual arts, media studies and drama, as part of its 2015 arts festival.

This is the first major arts festival the college has held in 12 years, and was conceived because there was no joint drama production with Nelson College for Girls this year.

Headmaster Gary O’Shea says the cancellation of the yearly production gave them the “perfect opportunity” to showcase all of their arts.

“We planned it to coincide with our winter boarding weekend, where parents are here for a weekend of teacher interviews,” he says.

“It will be a real community event where Nelson College Old Boys have also been invited.”

Gary says that music and drama are prominent subjects at the college, with media studies becoming very popular over the last five years. Media students will have the opportunity to showcase their own documentaries, short films and narrative journalism.

Head of music Adrienne McDowell says there will be a wide variety of music on offer, from rock bands to the college’s award-winning jazz band. “We have such great enthusiastic boys, and they have all been practicing very hard,” she says. The festival kicks off on Thursday night in The Crush Hall, which will be converted into an art gallery, followed by a short film festival. Friday night will see a drama improv/theatre sports evening take over the main hall, and Saturday night will close the festival with a variety concert, featuring an extravaganza of music. The front of the school building will also have a slide show of images and artwork projected onto it throughout the festival.

Nelson College Arts Festival, 13 – 15 August. Tickets to the music, drama and media events are available now from the Nelson College finance office for $10. For further information, visit or contact Gina Fletcher at [email protected].