The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour is an exciting biennial celebration of the arts. Seven 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 regions of Queenstown, Luggate, Hawea and Bannockburn.

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Lake Wanaka Centre Box Office opening hours:

  • Friday 3 - Monday 6 April, 9am - 12pm, Box Office will be the i-Site kiosk, corner of Helwick and Ardmore Street
  • Tuesday 7 - Sunday 19 April, 8.30am to 5pm daily
  • Monday 20 - Sunday 26 April, 8.30am to 7pm daily
  • Monday 27 April, 9am to 12 noon

Originally from Christchurch, New York-based Henry Hargreaves’ early experience with photography was in front of the camera as a high fashion model (www.henryhargreaves.com). He is known for innovative and provocative choices in subject matter, including 3D images of deep-fried iPads and ‘No Seconds’, a series depicting the last meals requested by American murders on the night before they were executed.
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Saturday 18 April, 5pm, Various
Discover the intimate truths about life serving in WWI. Join Associate Professor of History, Kate Hunter as she unlocks the written memories of soldiers, nurses and loved ones.
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Thursday 23 April, 5.30pm - 7pm, Wanaka Library, Dunmore Street
After the Arma del Amor gig, come on down to Gin and Raspberry for an After Dark session with djs Jake Kilby, Civilian Sol and street artist Nigel Roberts.
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Saturday 25 April, Midnight until 2am, Gin & Raspberry
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.
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Friday 24 April, 10am to 4pm, Various
An introduction to circus! Brisbane-based circus troupe Casus will teach you the beginnings of a variety of circus skills. Focusing mainly on ground, partner and group acrobatics, you will learn to trust your classmates and explore the mechanics of the … Continued
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Monday 20 April, Various, Cromwell, Hawea & Wanaka Schools
Words on Wheels is a collaboration between the New Zealand Book Council and the Southern Lakes Festival of Colour. Five writers and illustrators will tour the region, visiting will visit local schools and running writing workshops  for students, as well … Continued
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Monday 20 April, Various times, Upper Clutha Schools
Tuesday 21 April, Various times, Upper Clutha Schools
Wednesday 22 April, Various times, Upper Clutha Schools
Thursday 23 April, Various times, Upper Clutha Schools
Originally from Christchurch, New York-based Henry Hargreaves’ early experience with photography was in front of the camera as a high fashion model (www.henryhargreaves.com). He is known for innovative and provocative choices in subject matter, including 3D images of deep-fried iPads … Continued
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Friday 24 April, 10.30am, Mt Aspiring College
Joseph Michael has produced a number of ground-breaking works across the spectrum of time-lapse photography, 3D film, landscape art, fine art and sound (www.joemichael.co.nz). He spoke at TEDx Auckland in 2013 about devising and bringing to fruition his exhibition of … Continued
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Tuesday 21 April, 11am & 1.30pm, Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre
Develop the tools to translate an idea into movement. All workshops include warm-up, practical discovery, showing and reflection. Java leads students in creative aspiring learning to connect with the core competencies. Secondary school workshops include partnering, choreographic tools and theatricality … Continued
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Thursday 23 April, 9am & 1pm, Wanaka & Cromwell Schools
Arma Del Amor is an electronic duo consisting of vocalist and ex-Mount Aspiring College student Martine Harding and Wanaka-based multi-instrumentalist Danny Fairley AKA Civilian Sol. They will be playing a small live show followed by one-on-one tuition in gear, music … Continued
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Wednesday 22 April, 1.30pm - 3pm, Mt Aspiring College
Fraser Hooper is a professional clown (www.fraserhooper.com). He has spent 24 years touring, playing theatres, comedy galas and clown festivals worldwide. A world-renowned clown tutor, he has taught at circus schools around the world and spent more than a decade … Continued
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Thursday 23 April, Various, Cromwell & Wanaka Schools
Friday 24 April, Various, Queenstown Schools
Fraser Hooper will bring his fun filled boxing ring to the streets of Wanaka on Saturday afternoon 25 April.
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Saturday 25 April, Midday onwards, Streets of Wanaka
Where there are fires, there are people on the land. Fire brings warmth and illumination and is used for cooking and smoking food. Fire was also used in our early history for hunting and trapping prey.
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Friday 17 April, All day, Wanaka Lakefront
Saturday 18 April, All day, Wanaka Lakefront
Sunday 19 April, All day, Wanaka Lakefront
Monday 20 April, 7.30pm, Wanaka Lakefront
Tuesday 21 April, All day, Wanaka Lakefront
This is a fully immersive, multi-media art installation. It combines 24 hour time-lapse photography, landscape art and sound to create an intimate experience of awe and wonder.
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Tuesday 21 April, 10am - 7pm, Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre
Wednesday 22 April, 10am - 7pm, Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre
Thursday 23 April, 10am - 7pm, Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre
Friday 24 April, 10am - 7pm, Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre
Saturday 25 April, 12noon - 7pm, Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre
Sunday 26 April, 10am - 7pm, Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre
Monday 27 April, 10am - 7pm, Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre
Are we stealing from our children and grandchildren? There’s a generation who will never own their own homes - already half the population live in rental housing.
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Sunday 26 April, 11.30am, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace, Wanaka
Documentary-maker and photographer Craig Potton, botanist Sir Alan Mark and writer and radio producer Alison Ballance share a love of walking in the wilderness.
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Sunday 26 April, 10am, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace, Wanaka
Graeme Simsion is famous for The Rosie Project – a screwball comedy, a best-seller with an unlikely hero – the geeky, gawky, autistic geneticist Don Tillman.
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Saturday 25 April, 12.30pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace, Wanaka
Internationally renowned psychologist Michael Corballis looks not at mindfulness and cognition, but rather at our minds just goofing off.
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Thursday 23 April, 2pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace, Wanaka
True Stories Told Live is unabashed storytelling, totally unscripted, where anything can happen.
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Friday 24 April, 2pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace, Wanaka
Classical clowning meets contemporary circus, to produce a charming piece of comedy about high society entertainment. At its peak sits The Pianist’s pianist.
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Monday 27 April, 12 noon, Lake Wanaka Centre
Welcome to the party! It’s the afterball, don’t tell the teachers, don’t tell your parents. It’s two weeks since Joseph died - drunk and daring he jumped off a roof diving for a swimming pool, but never made it to the water.
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Monday 20 April, 7pm, Gin & Raspberry, Wanaka
Tuesday 21 April, 7pm, Gin & Raspberry, Wanaka
Wednesday 22 April, 7pm, Gin & Raspberry, Wanaka
Thursday 23 April, 7pm, Gin & Raspberry, Wanaka
Friday 24 April, 7pm, Gin & Raspberry, Wanaka
Saturday 25 April, 7pm, Gin & Raspberry, Wanaka
Two young New Zealand guys meet two young Australian girls at Gallipoli the night before Anzac Day. Maia and Lizzie work in an insurance office on the Gold Coast.
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Friday 24 April, 11am & 6pm, Wanaka Masonic Lodge
Saturday 25 April, 12noon, Wanaka Masonic Lodge
John’s café is usually fairly busy, but in the last few months it has seen a massive spike in its popularity. The place is humming. Veteran café owner John puts it down to his experience in creating the perfect vibe for his customers.
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Tuesday 21 April, 5pm & 7pm, Federal Diner, Wanaka
Wednesday 22 April, 5pm & 7pm, Federal Diner, Wanaka
Thursday 23 April, 5pm & 7pm, Federal Diner, Wanaka
Friday 24 April, 5pm & 7pm, Federal Diner, Wanaka
Saturday 25 April, 5pm & 7pm, Federal Diner, Wanaka
Sunday 26 April, 5pm & 7pm, Federal Diner, Wanaka
They say you can get lost in a good book. But it’s worse getting lost in a bad one…
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Tuesday 21 April, 4pm & 6pm, Wanaka Masonic Lodge
Wednesday 22 April, 11am & 6pm, Wanaka Masonic Lodge
Thursday 23 April, 11am & 6pm, Wanaka Masonic Lodge
From a tiny settlement on the West Coast, modern folk singer songwriter Mel Parsons has spent the past 10 years travelling all over the world, winning over audiences throughout New Zealand, Australia, UK, Ireland and the USA.
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Sunday 26 April, 3pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace, Wanaka
Martine Harding and Danny Fairley connected over their love of electronic music, and the ambient side of ‘soul-step’ electronica. And they were both Wanaka locals.
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Saturday 25 April, 11pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace, Wanaka
Their songs are dark and bright, dreamy and direct, country and Spanish, 1850s and 1950s, all the while lamenting and laughing.
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Friday 24 April, 11pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace, Wanaka
LIPS is not just a giant pair of lips on legs. She is a masterful songwriter (a Silver Scroll winner) with a sly sense of humour who likes to tell stories, stories about her friends and neighbours, stories that come to life in her songs.
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Thursday 23 April, 11pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace, Wanaka
Come celebrate the life and work of artist Frances Hodgkins. Frances was born in Dunedin but most of her successful painting career was in the UK. She was one of the leading modernist painters of her generation.
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Sunday 26 April, 1pm, Lake Wanaka Centre
Cathedral choirs and their choir schools are among some of the oldest European musical traditions. The Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir is the only representative of this tradition in Scandinavia.
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Saturday 25 April, 6pm, Holy Family Catholic Church, Wanaka
Saturday 25 April, 2pm, Holy Family Catholic Church, Wanaka
It’s hard to believe that Bach’s Goldberg Variations disappeared from view for 150 years. This work is now an extraordinary landmark for pianists and audiences alike.
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Saturday 25 April, 2pm, Lake Wanaka Centre
Join composer Claire Cowan and NZTrio as they take you behind the curtain and inside the notes of Claire’s brand new work.
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Thursday 23 April, 12 noon, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace, Wanaka
Most likely JS Bach was sipping strong black coffee at Zimmerman’s Coffee House in Leipzig sometime in the 1730s when he listened to the first performance of his Coffee Cantata.
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Tuesday 21 April, 12 noon & 10pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace, Wanaka
Wear your best dancing shoes for Royale Riot – it’ll be a night of bent and broken rockabilly tunes from this award winning Aussie band – Suitcase Royale
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Friday 24 April, 7pm, Hawea Flat Hall
Saturday 25 April, 7pm, Bannockburn Memorial Hall
Suitcase Royale are an internationally acclaimed trio and they ride across the ditch to bring you a murder ballad from the dead heart of Australia. Junkyard theatre, visual trickery, dark humour and rag’n’bone live music.
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Tuesday 21 April, 7pm, Luggate Memorial Hall
Wednesday 22 April, 7pm, Luggate Memorial Hall
Thursday 23 April, 7pm, Luggate Memorial Hall
New Zealand’s premier big band features the capital’s finest jazz talent and is led by prolific jazz player and band leader Rodger Fox.
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Sunday 26 April, 8.30pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace, Wanaka
Join three kiwi musos at the top of their game as they hit the road in song and style!
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Saturday 25 April, 8.30pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace, Wanaka
Ranging from honey-sweet falsetto to menacing growl, the voice of Julia Deans has offered light and shade to a variety of musical endeavours.
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Friday 24 April, 8.30pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace, Wanaka
Travel through a landscape of live music and heartaching theatre in this beautiful love story about a teddy boy and a farm girl: their first meeting, their marriage and the New Zealand pop-rock soundtrack that shapes their lives.
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Wednesday 22 April, 8.30pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace, Wanaka
Thursday 23 April, 8.30pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace, Wanaka
Jazz and classical music come together on stage when two of New Zealand’s best-loved trios combine their considerable talents in this special concert featuring Mike Nock’s new work Vicissitudes.
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Wednesday 22 April, 7pm, Lake Wanaka Centre
The Kiss Inside is a kinetic meditation on the search for ecstasy in our human culture. Religion, sex, drugs, extreme physical exertion, sado-masochism and of course dance itself are all explored in this new work.
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Tuesday 21 April, 8pm, Lake Wanaka Centre
We create something magic and dangerous when we tend the vines, crush the grapes, and ferment the juice. The Wine Project invites you into a world of flavours and aromas, of ritual and revelry.
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Wednesday 22 April, 12 noon & 11pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace, Wanaka
Aucklander Michael Caughey has it all: a successful US screenwriting career, a beautiful actress girlfriend Cherie, and a Central Otago vineyard. Now it’s finally time to do what he wants – make an art movie starring Cherie.
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Tuesday 21 April, 7pm, Queenstown Memorial Hall
Thursday 23 April, 7pm, Lake Wanaka Centre
Friday 24 April, 7pm, Lake Wanaka Centre
It’s circus from the heart, astonishing skills and exquisite beauty!
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Tuesday 21 April, 6pm & 8pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace, Wanaka