Ferry van Mansum, left, and Jifang Black from the New Zealand China Friendship Society are with China Week event manger Chris Butler outside the Trafalgar Centre, where the Rewi Alley and Art Exhibition will be held next week as part of China Week. Photo: Kate Russell.

Nelson goes Chinese for a week


Art exhibitions, business workshops, music, theatre and a free community day are all on the agenda as Nelson gets ready for an action-packed China Week.

After the success of the inaugural China Week in 2015, this year promises an even bigger timetable as Nelson celebrates its close links with its sister cities in China.

A range of public and private events are planned throughout next week and event manager Chris Butler is encouraging locals to get involved and “soak up some Chinese culture”.

Locals can have a go at Tai Chi, learn about doing business with China or attend a theatre and music night at the Theatre Royal which will feature two visiting Chinese primary schools.

The Trafalgar Centre will play host to the Rewi Alley and Art Exhibition, or you can learn a thing or two about Chinese history at the Nelson Public Library.

The week finishes with a community open day at NMIT next Saturday with a wide range of activities on offer including Chinese calligraphy, knot and lantern making, food and refreshments, music, art displays, table tennis and performances.

“It’s a great chance for us to celebrate our relationships with China, for us to connect with our local Chinese community, and also, for them to connect with us,” says Chris.

Mayor Rachel Reese says the week is all about celebrating Nelson’s close relationship, and recognising our historical links with China.

“I am particularly proud of our city’s long standing connections with China, through our Sister Cities, Huangshi and Yangjiang,” she says.

“Since signing our sister city agreement in 1995, there have been over 20 educational, medical, cultural, business, sporting, and municipal exchanges between our cities.”

Chinese Consulate General Wang Zhijian says that he is very supportive of China week and hopes everyone will “have a bite of China” and attend the events on offer.

China Week runs from November 6 – 11. For a full timetable of events, go to www.nelson.govt.nz/china-week