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. Be in there! The fifth Festival of Colour came to a close on April 21st 2013 after a week of sell-out performances, standing ovations bringing some of New Zealand’s leading musicians, actors and artists to the Southern Lakes region. We look forward to seeing you in 2015!
A collection by Christchurch photographer Doc Ross, featuring portraits of artists, writers and other members of the local arts community who, like all residents of the city, were profoundly affected by the events of 22nd February 2011. Called simply ’37’ … Continued
This is a first for the Festival of Colour – readings of two works in progress. A unique chance to get an insight into new works at an early stage in their development. A group of local actors, directed by … Continued
Listen to the audio from the 2013 festival Seymour Hersh is one of the world’s most celebrated investigative journalists. He first gained worldwide recognition in 1969 when he broke the story of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam in which … Continued
A gifted and hilarious multi-instrumentalist and looping artist. His primary instrument is the saxophone but his show includes a variety of instruments including the ukulele, keyboard and flute as well as beat boxing and Tuvan throat singing. He has even … Continued
And for our very youngest audiences Amiria Grennell will visit the local pre-schools to sing and tell stories for the under 5’s. Thursday 18th and Friday 19th April: Morning and afternoon sessions Cost – $100 per school Please contact … Continued
Ivy is a cleaner in a museum, whom we meet in her basement hideaway where she has gathered a vast collection of treasures over the years. Not least of which is her time travelling cleaner’s cart! A madcap adventure ensues … Continued
A high energy drumming group made up of New Zealand’s most outstanding percussionists, specialising in movement-based, choreographed percussion. Pacific, classical and contemporary musical influences, combined with a movement and theatre-based presentation, make STRIKE unique in the world of percussion music. … Continued
From her hideaway in a museum basement comes Ivy, a cleaning lady with a difference. Her humble set of wheels may look like a cleaning cart, but just wait and see where – and when! – that time-travelling trolley is … Continued
Schoolfest has an exciting programme for primary, intermediate and secondary school students. Ivy – See page. Strike Percussion – New Zealand’s leading percussion group will run performances and workshops in schools, leading up to their large-scale festival shows (see page … Continued
ART at HOME The ART at HOME trail is an opportunity for art lovers to view an exciting variety of homes and art collections throughout the Wanaka area. Artists and collectors from six destinations have generously opened their homes to … Continued
Listen to the audio from the 2013 festival Three smart young politicians who are all destined for Cabinet positions: Nikki Kaye (National), Jacinda Ardern (Labour) and Holly Walker (Greens). This cross-party grouping represents the best of the new generation in … Continued
Leading New Zealand poet Bill Manhire introduces a genre-busting session where his poems become stunningly beautiful songs. Hannah Griffin’s voice will reach into your heart and she is accompanied by Norman Meehan on the piano (he set the poems to … Continued
Novelist, broadcaster and teacher of creative writing Emily Perkins has continued to win literary plaudits, most recently with her novel The Forrests. She is married to artist Karl Maughan, whose detailed and lush paintings hang on many art-lovers’ walls and … Continued
Listen to the audio from the 2013 festival Afghanistan has been the longest foreign war in our history, but just what were we doing there? For years, nearly everything controversial was kept secret, and obscured by a steady flow of … Continued
Listen to the audio from the 2013 festival Seymour Hersh is one of the world’s most celebrated investigative journalists. He first gained worldwide recognition in 1969 when he broke the story of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam in which … Continued
An edge of your seat theatrical experience, inspired by Jack Kerouac’s ground- breaking novel On the Road. Exploding with words, laughter, music and madness, Beautiful Losers is a drama/comedy based on the relationship between writer Jack Kerouac and con artist/car … Continued
Oddity are a five piece band and are currently in Year 11 at Mt Aspiring College. Their quirky original sound, whimsical lyrics and youthful zest have wide appeal and they have already had success, winning the regional people’s choice award … Continued
Growing up in Wanaka has sculpted Martine Harding into the talented musician that she has become today. Her unique voice combined with dreamy and easy listening acoustic guitar is very easy on the ear. Martine is an acoustic story-teller and … Continued
Listen to the audio from the 2013 festival Religious traditions used to show us the way to live. But their answers were geared to a world very different from the space-time cosmos we find ourselves living in. How do we … Continued
This is a first for the Festival of Colour – readings of two works in progress. A unique chance to get an insight into new works at an early stage in their development. A group of local actors, directed by … Continued
There’s a political fight, a battle in the courts and various findings from the Waitangi Tribunal – not to mention the fulminations on talk-back radio. Water ownership and water rights stir up a ready response. Moana Jackson is a lawyer … Continued
Jenny Wollerman has brought together a compelling series of songs in this beautiful new recital, exploring the emotional spaces between darkness and light. Evening moves us towards sleep and contemplation towards the end of our days. The depths of night … Continued
Michael Houstoun is not only New Zealand’s foremost Beethoven pianist: he ranks among the great Beethoven pianists of our age. He celebrates his 60th birthday with the historic cycle of 32 Beethoven sonatas, some of the supreme treasures of human … Continued
Four artists will be painting billboards on the Wanaka lakefront. They will pick up on the idea of pouwhenua – markers that tell something of people and place. The artists will be preparing their billboards on the weekend before the … Continued
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. A royal prince is missing, the media are having a field day and the music of the Thieves of Mercy has been banned. Thus the madness starts in this deconstructed production of … Continued
Created by the multi-award winning Site Specific Theatre NZ Company, SALON is an immersive glimpse into the lives of the staff and clients of an up-market hair salon – set in a real salon in Wanaka to audiences of only … Continued
This play is based on the journals of Lady Ann Martin, the young wife of our first Chief Justice who arrived in New Zealand in 1841. They set up home in Auckland. Intrepid, intelligent and possessing a great sense of … Continued
Catch this unique solo performance by Aaron Tokona. You’ll know him from his current bands Cairo Knife Fight and AHoriBuzz but he has been a feature of the New Zealand music scene since his time in Weta and Bongmaster. He … Continued
His high energy, his sense of fun and his fantastic music, make for an unforgettable performance. Adam Page is at the forefront of a new style, recording live instruments into loop pedals and composing intricate grooves in many different styles. … Continued
Electric Wire Hustle’s modern take on hip hop, psychedelic and soul music has seen this Wellington band tour extensively throughout the world including festival performances at Glastonbury, the huge Sziget festival in Hungary, CMJ in New York and Texas’ famous … Continued
Three of New Zealand’s finest singer songwriters lay their hearts and voices on the line. Don McGlashan from those iconic bands Blam Blam Blam, The Front Lawn, and The Muttonbirds and still crafting the best of songs; Julia Deans who … Continued
A high-energy calypso ska sound from Wellington supergroup The Yoots – with their unique take on classic waiata. Hopepa, trombonist of Fat Freddy’s Drop, enlists the talents of Toby Laing, P.K. Hoskin, the Yeabsley brothers, Craig Poll, Iain Gordon, Lucien … Continued
Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells in 1973 was perhaps the most unlikely smash hit record ever released. Now 40 years later, two Aussie musicians perform this work in full and with no extra hands. Multi-instrumentalists Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts frantically … Continued
Hailing from different realms of the musical universe, Lawrence Arabia and Mike Fabulous are two of New Zealand’s young musical titans. Captured just before the onset of mid-life crisis, these two boy(ish) wonders will amuse and distract you from the … Continued
Hailing from the iconic Grenell tribe, youngest member Amiria is a highly regarded singer-songwriter and recording artist. She has toured New Zealand and Melbourne with ‘Fly My Pretties’, won Best Folk Album in the New Zealand Music Awards 2012, performed … Continued
Formed in 2010 at the NZ School of Music, the New Zealand Guitar Quartet is quickly developing a following around the country with invitations to perform both locally and overseas. Owen Moriarty, Tim Watanabe, Christopher Hill and Jane Curry have … Continued
Enjoy a high-energy, exhilarating mix of percussion, fire, water, dance, music and theatre. Strike is a high energy drumming group of New Zealand’s most outstanding percussionists whose members share a common motivation to explore and expose a unique and dynamic … Continued
Following a sellout tour of Germany, Black Grace now bring their masterpiece to Wanaka and Queenstown. Enjoy the high energy and the sheer style and physicality of these superb dancers. Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer Neil Ieremia is one of … Continued
Bella’s velvety voice will explode into passionate and soulful vocals that will warm your heart and leave you longing for more. She wowed audiences at Glastonbury Festival last year and she’s off to Europe this year. Bella Kalolo is a … Continued
Scottish Opera is set to prove that you are never too young to enjoy music. Baby O has had sell-out UK tours and a sell-out season in last year’s Christchurch Arts Festival. Tailored for six to 18-month-olds, the show creates … Continued
A brand new comedy by Dave Armstrong. From the writer who brought you King and Country, Niu Sila, Le Sud, The Tutor, and Rita and Douglas, comes a delightfully romantic and wickedly entertaining comedy set in a school gym. PC … Continued