The 2011 festival was held between 12 and 17 April and was jam packed with outstanding performances and memorable highlights. The festival captured the hearts and minds of the local community as well as continuing to attract visitors from outside the region. There were 12,249 tickets sold to ticketed events and 81% capacity audiences across all our venues. 1,500 students at schools across the region enjoyed the Schoolfest programme and over 3,500 people enjoyed the street performers touring round Wanaka on our free street theatre day.

There were two premieres of New Zealand Work – ‘Rita and Douglas’ with Michael Houstoun and Jennifer Ward-Lealand which went on to tour round the country. And ‘Riverside Drive’ – a new play by the late Graeme Tetley and directed by Sara Brodie producing a high energy show with an all local cast about teenage immorality in the 1950’s. This was the first of many shows to sell out.

With music theatre, dance and exhibitions as well as Aspiring Conversations it is a jam packed and roller coaster six days. Make sure you are there for 2013.

2011 Festival Performances