‘Hiraeth’ Luggate Hall Friday 25 September and Saturday 26 September.

Tickets on sale now online. All tickets $38.

Hiraeth (pronounced Here-ath) has no direct English translation. Hiraeth means longing or homesickness for a place you can never return to. It is a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness, or an earnest desire for the Wales of the past. Performed by Buddug James Jones and Max Macintosh, ‘Hiraeth’ is a show about Buddug’s life growing up on a farm, her decision to move to London, and the impact on herself and everyone around her. It is a comical heart-warming show.

“Funny and poignant, Hiraeth strikes a cord which will resonate beyond Wales with anyone who has felt the need to escape, or responsibility for those left behind.” Matt Ball – National Theatre Wales

‘A sweetly hilarious low-fi comedy’ Time Out
‘Hiraeth’ is touring nationally and comes to Luggate fresh from the Christchurch Arts Festival and then goes on to tour in Wellington, Wairarapa, Nelson, Tauranga and Auckland.


The 2015 festival is a wrap and we’re now reflecting on what 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 some ‘Aspiring Conversations‘ which will take place 22 – 24 April 2016. 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.

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