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.


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.


We hope you’ll join us for our ideas festival and some for Time for Thinking with ‘Aspiring Conversations’ which will take place 22 – 24 April 2016.The programme will be released on Thursday 18 February with priority ticket sales for patrons, benefactors and sponsors of Aspiring Conversations. Public ticket sales commence Friday 26 February via this website or the Lake Wanaka Centre box office.

And you can keep in touch with our plans and find out about other arts events taking place in the region via Facebook, Twitter or click here to subscribe to our e newsletter.

Photo credits: Simon Darby