|Discover Marlborough's Arts & Entertainment
Art and artists thrive in Marlborough's relaxed environment. Writers, visual artists, sculptors, potters, photographers, all flourish in the region's tranquil and creative
surroundings. Many are inspired by Marlborough's hills and valleys; others by the proximity to the sea.
Creative Communities represents the arts in the region. The Marlborough District Council and the Kaikoura District Council both help fund the organisations based in their
catchment. Creative Communities actively promotes the arts by providing contacts, advice or funding. The organisations also distribute grants to arts and cultural groups
on behalf of Creative New Zealand.
Opened in December 1999, the Millennium Art Gallery provides an accessible and informative forum for the arts, with a commitment to quality, diversity and the celebration
of culture in New Zealand.
The Marlborough Art Society was founded in 1962 to promote the study, practise and cultivation of the visual arts in Marlborough. The Society has a membership of over 300
and a purpose built gallery complex in Blenheim that caters for a wide range of exhibitions, featuring Marlborough artists, both professional and amateur.
Blenheim Amateur Operatic Society was formed in 1918 and has more than 250 members. The society stages a major production each year and has in the past staged Hello Dolly,
Les Miserables, Evita, Chess, Oliver and Fiddler on the Roof.
Marlborough Repertory Society has been in existence since 1948, when it opened with Noel Coward's play, Hay Fever. The Society took over the Boathouse on the banks of the
Opawa River and turned it into an intimate, 106 seat theatre.