Festival of Colour 2017


The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour is an exciting biennial celebration of the arts. Six exciting days and nights of astounding performances and inspiring exhibitions set against the spectacular autumnal backdrop of the Southern Lakes.

The Festival is based in Wanaka but reaches out to the wider region – to Queenstown, Luggate, Hawea and Cromwell.

The next festival will take place 4 to 9 April 2017 and will feature top class theatre, music, dance and visual arts from local, national and international performers. The programme will be released on Thursday February 9th 2017 and priority ticket sales will start from 7pm on the 9th. Sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with festival news.

The 2015 festival was an amazing week of world class performances, standing ovations, sell out shows and truly magical moments. A huge thank you to everyone who came to shows, our performers, staff, volunteers and of course our sponsors, patrons and benefactors.

Click here to relive some of the great moments of the 2015 Festival.

And click here to find out more about Aspiring Conversations – our festival of ideas. The 2016 festival was a huge success – click here to revisit the programme. The next Aspiring Conversations takes place in April 2018. Sign up for our newsletter to be kept up to date with latest news.


Sing it to my Face workshops – we are looking for singers from 6 – 99 years of age, from all corners of the Upper Clutha. Both confident singers and first-timers welcome. Sing it to my face is an inter-generational confrontation on stage, laying bare how we really feel about each other in our modern world. Led by Jo Randerson (Barbarian Productions) and Julian Raphael (Community Music Junction) Sing it to my Face draws out the murmured sentiments that different age brackets hold towards each other but do not say out loud, weaving them into a dynamic choral performance.

This innovative music theatre project will be part of the 2017 Festival of Colour and features volunteer local singers – we need you! Click here for a look at how it worked in the Wairarapa.

Friday 11 November – schools workshops, please contact Laura Williamson for more information editor@laurawilliamson.co.nz

Saturday 12 November – adult workshop 10am to 12 noon at Mount Aspiring College performance room. All welcome. Please email lindsey@festivalofcolour.co.nz to register your interest.


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Photo credits: Simon Darby