AGM and accolades

Wow, what a weekend and well done to the All Blacks for their victory in the World Cup. It’s November already and we’re just not sure where the time goes.
We held our AGM on 20th October and copies of the 2015 annual report have been mailed out to all sponsors, patrons and benefactors. A copy is available to download from our website at http://www.festivalofcolour.co.nz/information/about/. If you would like a hard copy mailing to you then please let us know.
At the AGM we were pleased to announce that in the last financial year we made a modest profit of $34,834 over two year period of 2014/2015 which included the inaugural Aspiring Conversations. Chair, Hetty Van Hale thanked all of our sponsors, funders and supporters for their continued support.  “The breadth of programming, our experienced team and our beautiful setting ensure we continue to be regarded as one of the best festivals in the country. Overall we are on sound financial ground as we enter the planning stages for the next two festivals,” she said.
She also thanked our board of trustees, all of whom give of their time voluntarily, and we bid farewell to Miranda Spary, Suzanne Ellison and Lucy Lucas and welcomed Tania Brett and Jo McGregor to the trust board.

Festival Director, Philip Tremewan referred to the 2015 audience survey that revealed this year’s seven-day celebration of art, music, theatre and conversation was judged the best ever. 51% of survey respondents rated their overall satisfaction a maximum ten-out-of-ten with a further 43% giving a rating of 8 or 9 – higher figures than ever before.

So we go forward into planning for 2016 Aspiring Conversations and 2017 Festival of Colour with good heart, but we do always need additional funding and support so if you would like further information on how to help as a Patron, Benefactor or Sponsor then please do email Lindsey today.
And this month we would like to acknowledge Murray and Co as our sponsor of our Patrons and Benefactors for both the Festival of Colour and Aspiring Conversation, and also Placemakers Wanaka and Turnkey Homes as local business sponsors.

Laureate Award

We are so delighted that Sara Brodie has been recognised by the Arts Foundation as the recipient of a Laureates Award. Sara has a long track record with the Festival having directed ‘Riverside Drive’ in 2011, ‘Tracing Hamlet’ in 2013 and mentoring the director of ‘Like There’s No Tomorrow’ this year. Sara has had an illustrious career as a director of theatre, opera and a choreographer and we are extremely fortunate to have worked with her.
The Laureate Awards are an annual award to five arts practitioners, and each recipient receives $50,000 in recognition of their achievement and as a challenge for them to continue working at high levels. They are one of New Zealand’s largest cash awards, and the only private award covering all art forms. The donation can be used by the artist in any way they choose, and the impact on artists has been life-changing.
Well done, and very well deserved Sara.

What’s On

The Wanaka Concert Society are supporting the Royal Overseas League in their hosting of the Egmont Ensemble Concert to be held in the Lake Wanaka Centre on Thursday the 5th of November at 7.30pm.
This Trio consisting of Benjamin Baker – Violin (pictured), Jonathan Bloxham – Cello and Sam Armstrong – Piano will be Playing a program of works by Beethoven, Gareth Farr, Shubert and Richard Strauss.
These talented players are all based in the UK and come with a long list of Musical accomplishments and accolades. Profits for this concert are in support of the Upper Clutha Hospice Trust.
Tickets  $35 from Gifted on Helwick St

The Catalyst Trust are hosting two talks in Queenstown. Is Wi-Fi Technology Safe? Research and Risk Minimisation Strategies.  Tues November 3rd at 7.30pm at Queenstown Memorial Centre Environmental lawyer Sue Grey will speak on the possible health effects of the widespread use of radio technology, including wifi.
And on 19th November at 5.30pm at the Crown Plaza ‘Home ownership. Is it a good investment decision?’  Queenstown Young Professionals offer a different take on the housing front. For more information on these talks and the Catalyst Trust visit http://www.catalystnz.org