Nelson Arts Festival

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Nelson Arts Festival homepage web design
The Nelson Arts Festival is an annual festival of arts events. It brings the arts to our region and shares unmissable arts experiences to the people of Te Tauihu and beyond.
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The brief

Nelson Arts Festival needs a engaging and easy way to present the festival programme each year, archive the old events and manage all the volunteer and sponsor engagement. The Festival is held over 10 – 12 days in October and has many events over that time. Each year the branding is tweaked so as well as the functional requirements we need to be able to update the design easily to accomodation the theme of the current festival.

We have been involved with the festival since 2017. The branding is done by a local design agency, Downing Design and we manage the website side of things.

The main focus of the website is to:

  • Promote the events
  • Make it easy to find events and book them
  • Show events by category, by date and by genre with good search capabilities
  • Give the festival staff an easy to use interface for managing the events
  • Linking to their ticketing system (Patronbase)

Website care and hosting

A big part of the help we provide the festival is giving them a fast loading platform that copes well with traffic spikes at programme launch time and also during the festival.

We also provide facilities so that they can work on a copy of the festival site for the upcoming year without spilling the beans on the artist lineup before the programme is officially launched.

“We feel in the best of hands with Brendyn and the Avoca team – not only are they great supporters of the arts and understand what our mahi is all about, but they offer us a great mix of full back-end support and efficient systems while teaching us the tools to navigate, update and create ourselves as well.

We need a cleverly designed and beautiful website that can communicate a huge amount of content in a creative and accessible way – Avoca truly help us share our stories and arts experiences with our community.”

Annie Pokel
Head of Creative & Communications, Nelson Arts Festival

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