Every Brilliant Thing

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Tuesday 4 April, 12.00pm midday, Luggate Hall
Tuesday 4 April, 6.00pm, Luggate Hall
Wednesday 5 April, 3.00pm, Luggate Hall
Wednesday 5 April, 6.00pm, Luggate Hall
Thursday 6 April, 12.00pm midday, Luggate Hall
Thursday 6 April, 3.00pm, Luggate Hall
The worldwide smash hit. You’re seven years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy. You make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for. Ice … Continued

Heart Goes Boom/Head Goes Bang

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Saturday 8 April, 8.30pm, Wanaka Masonic Lodge
Sunday 9 April, 8.30pm, Wanaka Masonic Lodge
Friday 7 April, 8,30pm, Wanaka Masonic Lodge
Written and performed by Jamie Bowen. Sometimes life comes apart. When it does, laughter is your greatest weapon. This is a hilarious and heartfelt stand-up comedy show, taking us on a rollercoaster ride through Jamie Bowen’s own crises. Proof that … Continued

Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes

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Tuesday 4 April, 8.30pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace
This is an exhilarating live performance.  Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes are a ten piece ensemble who deliver a superb repertoire of rhythm and soul, originally penned by their lead singer. Since the release of their top-ten charting album, the … Continued

How to Keep an Alien

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Wednesday 5 April, 7.00pm, Lake Wanaka Centre
Thursday 6 April, 7.00pm, Lake Wanaka Centre
A story about falling in love and proving it to the government. Edinburgh Festival Fringe winner Sonya Kelly relates a tearfully funny, tender memoir about securing an Irish visa for her Australian partner, Kate. They met, they fell in love … Continued

Portraits in Motion

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Tuesday 4 April, 10.00am, Wanaka Masonic Lodge
Tuesday 4 April, 5.00pm, Wanaka Masonic Lodge
Wednesday 5 April, 10.00am, Wanaka Masonic Lodge
Wednesday 5 April, 5.00pm, Wanaka Masonic Lodge
Winner of the Total Theatre Award for innovation at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Intrepid traveller and passionate creator of photographic flipbooks, Volker Gerling has walked more than.3,500km throughout Germany since 2003. He creates flipbook portraits of people he meets … Continued

Hudson & Halls Live!

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Sunday 9 April, 7.00pm, Lake Wanaka Centre
Monday 10 April, 7.00pm, Lake Wanaka Centre
By Kip Chapman with Todd Emerson and Sophie Roberts A Silo Theatre Production And we’re live! The oven’s caught fire, David is drinking and Peter has bad news. In this immersive work, co-created by theatrical daredevil Kip Chapman, we meet … Continued

No Science to Goodbye

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Friday 7 April, 7.00pm, Glenorchy Hall
Saturday 8 April, 5.00pm, Rippon Hall
Sunday 9 April, 5.00pm, Rippon Hall
Please note we have tickets for the Glenorchy Hall only; we have sold out of the two Wanaka performances. The mountain landscape of the Southern Lakes looms large in this brand-new play, in which music and poetry underscore a trio … Continued

Tami Neilson

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Thursday 6 April, 8.30pm Songs for Sinners, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace
Friday 7 April, 8.30pm Tami Neilson and her band, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace
Singing her heart out along endless roads and stages, from her days as a young girl in Canada touring with the Neilson Family band and opening for the likes of Johnny Cash, to her full blossoming in New Zealand as … Continued

Kathryn Parsons & Jason Pellegrino: Innovation & disruption

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Saturday 8 April, 9am, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace
Technology is constantly changing the world we live and work in. Our panellists discuss their own experiences of innovation and disruption. Kathryn Parsons is the co-founder and co-CEO of Decoded, a London-based tech startup which aims to increase digital literacy.  Decoded’s … Continued

Pass the Gat

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Wednesday 5 April, 8.30pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace
This is way more than your average guitar party. Three of New Zealand’s top singer-songwriters bring together their rich blend of melodies and musicianship as they take turns passing the gat. Celebrated musician and Arts Laureate Warren Maxwell is joined … Continued

Lady Rizo

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Saturday 8 April, 8.30pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace
Monday 10 April, 7.00pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace
“Cabaret Superstar” (NY Magazine) Lady Rizo was born to theatrical gypsies on the cold northern beaches of the Pacific Northwest but soon made her way to the Big Apple with a voice that has been likened to a mix of … Continued

Sadness Songs

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Sunday 9 April, 8.30pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace
The saddest songs in the universe. Homegrown singer-songwriters Julia Deans and Sean James Donnelly invite you to come and wallow in a selection of some of their most treasured sad songs. Scientifically proven to make you feel better, Julia and … Continued

Dangerous Song

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Friday 7 April, 10.00am, Luggate Hall
Friday 7 April, 1.00pm, Luggate Hall
Saturday 8 April, 6.00pm, Luggate Hall
Sunday 9 April, 6.00pm, Luggate Hall
An intriguingly beautiful and moving musical performance that combines the human voice with the sounds of endangered and extinct animals. Planet Earth is entering a period of remarkable extinctions but this story is not told with words, as many people … Continued

Fire & Grace - Edwin Huizinga & William Coulter

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Thursday 6 April, 12.00pm midday, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace
Virtuoso violin meets Celtic guitar Bach meets bluegrass in this beguiling performance by Canadian-born violinist Edwin Huizinga and Grammy Award-winning guitarist William Coulter from the US. Together they explore the fire and grace that connect the elements of classical, folk … Continued

The Nukes

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Sunday 9 April, 11.00am, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace
The innocent little ukulele is the instrument of choice and audiences will be staggered by what The Nukes are able achieve with it. They are high entertainment – part vaudeville, part rat-pack, part musical car crash. This talented trio delivers … Continued

The Song Dispensary

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Tuesday 4 April, 10.00am to 5.00pm, Lake Wanaka Centre - Armstrong room, at the back overlooking Bullock Creek
Wednesday 5 April, 10.00am to 5.00pm, Lake Wanaka Centre - Armstrong room, at the back overlooking Bullock Creek
Thursday 6 April, 10.00am to 2.00pm, Lake Wanaka Centre - Armstrong room, at the back overlooking Bullock Creek
Friday 7 April, 10.00am to 5.00pm, Lake Wanaka Centre - Armstrong room, at the back overlooking Bullock Creek
Saturday 8 April, 10.00am to 5.00pm, Lake Wanaka Centre - Armstrong room, at the back overlooking Bullock Creek
Sunday 9 April, 10.00am to 5.00pm, Lake Wanaka Centre - Armstrong room, at the back overlooking Bullock Creek
Your trusted partner for your medical-musical needs! The pop-up Song Dispensary will open its Wanaka doors on Tuesday 4 April in the Armstrong Room at the Lake Wanaka Centre – access from the doors at the back overlooking Bullock Creek. … Continued

Sing it to my Face

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Tuesday 4 April, 5.00pm, Lake Wanaka Centre
Tuesday 4 April, 7.30pm, Lake Wanaka Centre
Barbarian Productions Ltd Come and enjoy a sing-off between generations, a community singing about our experiences. Four local choirs of very different ages express how they really feel about the society we live in. This show pushes at the edges … Continued

Tell Me My Name

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Wednesday 5 April, 1.00pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace
You’ll find riddles in the Bible and riddles in The Hobbit and riddles in every place on earth – they remind us just how mysterious the world can be. Over the years leading NZ poet Bill Manhire has translated Old … Continued

The Blue Moments Project

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Friday 7 April, 5.00pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace
”Living abroad, he said, there’s only one way to do it / evict memory / don’t take mementos / even the ones small enough to pack / have weight” The Blue Moments Project ranges through jazz and blues and spoken … Continued

Princessin Hans

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Thursday 6 April, 10.00pm, Gin & Raspberry
Princessin Hans is a band from Berlin with core members Jörg Hochapfel and Hans Kellett. New Zealand-born Hans has been active in the Berlin queer and punk scene since moving to Berlin in 2001 and was described by the French … Continued

Paddy Free - The Language of the Land

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Friday 7 April, 10.00pm, Gin & Raspberry
Paddy Free is one of the godfathers of electronica in this country and is best known as one-half of the duo Pitch Black. They’ve toured the world – from the US to Japan, from Croatia to Spain – with their … Continued

Michael Houstoun - Bach's Preludes and Fugues

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Friday 7 April, 10.30am, Lake Wanaka Centre
The Bach Preludes and Fugues are a collection of sublime musical utterances and also the best keyboard training system ever conceived. Michael Houstoun says: “As students we are only partly aware of the value of this music and it is … Continued

Ensemble Paladino

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Tuesday 4 April, 1.00pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace
Wednesday 5 April, 12.00pm midday, Bannockburn Hall
Each member of Ensemble Paladino is a soloist in their own right, and the knitting together of their consummate abilities has made Ensemble Paladino a remarkable chamber music group. Martin Rummel has been called the most distinguished Viennese cellist of … Continued

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Michael Houstoun - Purely Mozart

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Saturday 8 April, 12.00pm midday, Lake Wanaka Centre
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a musical genius who composed some of the most beautiful music ever written. Audiences often grappled to appreciate his ideas, which seemed radical back in his day, but now his music is loved for the immense … Continued

KIRI

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Friday 7 April, 7.00pm, Lake Wanaka Centre
KIRI is a performance combining dance, sculpture and video by choreographer/video artist Louise Potiki Bryant and clay artist Paerau Corneal, with a hypnotic soundscore by composer Paddy Free. Kiri means skin and when the dancer’s skin is adorned with clay … Continued

Roto

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Tuesday 4 April, 9am to 10pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace deck
Wednesday 5 April, 9am to 10pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace deck
Thursday 6 April, 9am to 10pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace deck
Friday 7 April, 9am to 10pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace deck
Saturday 8 April, 9am to 10pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace deck
Sunday 9 April, 9am to 10pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace deck
Monday 10 April, 9am to 10pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace deck
Come and see this gorgeous new video work on the large outdoor screen on the deck of the Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace next to the Wanaka Hotel. For video artist Louise Potiki Bryant (Ngai Tahu) a sense of place … Continued

Siouxsie Wiles: The end of antibiotics - the end of modern medicine

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Thursday 6 April, 2.00pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace
We know that antibiotics are losing their effectiveness – more and more bacteria are becoming resistant. This is partly a result of evolution at work but it’s been hastened by improper use, by over prescription and by the use of … Continued

Scarlett Hagen and Laura Williamson: On your bike

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Friday 7 April, 12.00pm midday, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace
Scarlett Hagen claimed her first national title at 12, won the Junior World Champs at 17, became Elite Oceania Champion at 20, and retired from racing at 21, having broken 17 bones along the way.  What was next for Scarlett … Continued

Max Harris and Shen Narayanasamy: How can we change the world?

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Saturday 8 April, 10.30am, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace
Brexit and Donald Trump have changed the sense of an open, globalised world with countries working together to solve problems from poverty to climate change. How can we change things for the better in this post-truth world that appears to … Continued

Dr Karen Hitchcock: don't ever grow old

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Saturday 8 April, 2.00pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace
Old people are often seen as a burden – threatening the future of younger generations by sucking up health resources, straining families and spending their kids’ inheritance. They are crumbling and leaking and bent over, gripping their walking sticks with … Continued

Tim Naish & Joe Michael: Antarctica - beautiful but melting

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Sunday 9 April, 1.00pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace
New visitors to the frozen continent are always blown away by its sheer beauty. Photographer Joe Michael captured something of this when he led an expedition targeting the icebergs around the edge of Antarctica. Scientist Tim Naish is Director of … Continued

Jim Bolger & Vincent O'Malley: The Great War for New Zealand

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Sunday 9 April, 3.00pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace
A former Prime Minister and a working historian discuss not Gallipoli but the Waikato War, a war which in so many ways has done more to shape this country than either of the World Wars. Unlike the US, we know … Continued

Celebration of the Arts: Fundraiser Cocktail Party

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Monday 27 March, 5.30pm, Lake Wanaka Centre
Time to dust off the glad rags and get in the party mood one week before the Festival of Colour starts. Dress to impress (come in black and white, or black tie optional) for our Celebration of the Arts cocktail … Continued

Festival Opening: Flaming Arts - bonfires on the lakefront

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Monday 3 April, 7.15pm, Wanaka lakefront
Three bonfires will be set alight on the beach for our festival opening as darkness gathers. Come join us around the blazing fires for story-telling, for singing, and listening to some fine festival musicians. We’ll launch with a special Ngai … Continued

Street Theatre: Country Life starring Fraser Hooper

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Saturday 8 April, 10am and 1.00pm, Bridgeman Green (outside Patagonia)
Take one award winning clown, sprinkle on some magic, add some eccentric dancing, a water skiing cow and a large rubber duck and you have the perfect recipe for guaranteed giggles. Fresh from the worldwide success of his Boxing show, … Continued

Ngā Tae o te whenua - Colours of the Land

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Tuesday 4 April, 9am to 10pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace deck
Wednesday 5 April, 9am to 10pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace deck
Thursday 6 April, 9am to 10pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace deck
Friday 7 April, 9am to 10pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace deck
Saturday 8 April, 9am to 10pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace deck
Sunday 9 April, 9am to 10pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace deck
Monday 10 April, 9am to 10pm, Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace deck
Ngā Tae o te whenua – Colours of the land is a dance film made in collaboration with dancers and musicians who are currently pupils at Mount Aspiring College. The choreography was created by improvising in various locations in Wanaka … Continued