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.
An exciting new ensemble featuring some of New Zealand’s most versatile and well-known chamber musicians. Sit back and be taken on a magical journey through the classics and opera to folk music and more. These musicians can move you to … Continued
Bring the family to watch Linsey Pollak make and play wind instruments using some pretty unexpected materials. He makes bagpipes from kitchen rubber gloves, panpipes from irrigation pipe and a clarinet from a carrot! We even get to hear Mr … Continued
For most writers, recognition comes some distance down the track. Roger Hall chronicles his own experience and discusses how writing works.
Paul McLaney has been making an impact with his critically acclaimed solo debut Edin, which garnered him a nomination for Best Male Music Performer at the 2007 NZ Music Awards alongside Tim Finn and Greg Johnson. He followed that up … Continued
Puppets punch through their paper walls; drawings transform themselves before your eyes to take on lives of their own. An imaginary world manages to escape from the confines of its two-dimensional existence.
Blyde Lasses (Glad Girls) are a dynamic young female duo who showcase traditional Shetland songs and tunes on fiddle and concertina. Their performances are as rich in stories as they are in music. Frances Wilkins has a wealth of archive … Continued
Graeme Tetley and Sara Brodie Graeme wrote the script for Riverside Drive and Sara is directing its world premiere at the Festival of Colour. The play takes its starting point in New Zealand in the early fifties, a time when … Continued
Come and see this stunning and unique production! Riverside Drive opens up the New Zealand that we often boast about – a great little place to bring up children.
by Roger Hall Following a hugely successful national tour in the 1990s, Roger Hall’s Rugby World Cup comedy C’Mon Black! is back. This brand new production features the stellar talent of Gavin Rutherford (Le Sud, Robin Hood) as the rugby-mad … Continued
The idea of who or what God is has changed radically through the ages. Yet it enabled us humans to unify our understanding of the world we live in and to find meaning in life. But where is God now, … Continued
These are not your average love songs. Kurt Weill was one of the most accomplished theatre composers of the 20th century, best known for writing Mack the Knife. Musicians David Donaldson, Steve Roche, David Long, Chris O’Connor and Jeff Henderson … Continued
Once a millennium there comes a teacher who awakens us all to the power of the divine. But if you can’t wait that long, book an audience with the Guru of Chai! A spiritual leader who will sell you a … Continued
Listen to this wonderfully tropical sound from Pacific Underground.
Salsa and rumba to tango and lambada – a journey through Latin American dance Enjoy a fabulous journey through Central and South American dance. Experience the birth of the Argentinean tango, the evolution of the Cuban salsa and the vibrant … Continued
Michael Houstoun returns to Wanaka with a very different sort of programme. He will be playing music that carries a strong jazz influence.
Micheline Van Hautem has captivated audiences around the world with her smouldering versions of the songs of fellow countryman Jacques Brel. Layer by layer, this Belgian singer peels off Brel’s poetry and passion so as to inhabit the core of … Continued
Jill Trevelyan, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Dave Armstrong and Michael Houstoun These four speakers have collaborated on the world premiere of the play Rita and Douglas at the Festival of Colour. Jill Trevelyan wrote Rita Angus’ biography, writer Dave Armstrong trawled through Rita’s letters to … Continued
Anna Coddington is one of New Zealand’s foremost heroines of independent pop music, as is evident on her debut album The Lake. Her second album Cat and Bird is due out in time for the Festival and her songs sound … Continued
Flox, Michel Tuffery, Fleur Elise Noble, Lonnie Hutchinson and Simon Kaan Five artists will be painting large billboards along the Wanaka lake front. Hear the artists talk about their work fresh from the paint pots.
The letters of Rita Angus to Douglas ‘Gordon’ Lilburn, adapted for the stage by Dave Armstrong Featuring Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Michael Houstoun Directed by Conrad Newport Biographical and image adviser – Jill Trevelyan
Richard Nunns is one of New Zealand’s most remarkable musicians. From his early days playing avant-garde jazz, this red-haired Pakeha has become a living authority on Taonga Puoro – Maori traditional instruments.
What goes on behind the closed doors of room 301? Walk in and find out – this is as intimate as theatre gets. Like a proverbial fly on the wall, you are shown on to the set to witness the … Continued
The questions in the middle of the night Those questions that loom up in the darkness about the meaning of life. Are we all daylight atheists and secret believers by night? The title of this talk stems from Kate De … Continued
Named Best Group at the 2010 Vodafone NZ Music Awards, with four acclaimed albums and two movie soundtracks to their name, as well as recent rave reviews in Europe, The Phoenix Foundation are one of New Zealand’s most innovative and … Continued
Wooing audiences with their wry lyrical flavour since 2007, Betty Grey and Billy Earl are best known for their interlacing harmonies and penchant for single malt.
The Bellbirds are an all-new combination of top New Zealand musicians. Their live show has captured the hearts and imaginations of their audiences and they have been snapped up for music festivals like WOMAD.
Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir is NZ’s only nationally auditioned chamber choir. They have sung at concerts nationally and internationally to high critical acclaim and won gold and silver awards at the Tolosa International Choral Competition in Spain. In August … Continued