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 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.


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Photo credits: Simon Darby