The Festival of Colour is the flagship arts event for the region. With five successful festivals under our belt, we are still fresh and stylish and punch well above our weight.  We have established our track record with sell-out seasons of music, theatre and dance performances and deservedly known as the ‘best little arts festival in New Zealand’.

Six extraordinary days and nights in the Southern Lakes

The 2013 festival at a glance:

  • 76 performances in 11 venues plus street theatre and billboard art
  • 52 sold out shows
  • 12,000 tickets sold

Many congratulations on another stupendously successful Festival of Colour….. you have certainly more than delivered to the community”

“Thank you all so very much for an incredible festival.  And what an amazing array of acts making for a truly “colourful” feast of artistic delights”

“Congratulations on a superb Festival – truly, the best in the country” Roger Hall

2015 – Festival Number Six!

We always aim for a programme that is rich and diverse – with something to excite, engage and entertain our audiences.

The Festival of Colour is organised by the Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust, registered Charitable Trust CC27353.

The late Fiona Rowley (Patron Settlor)
Prue Wallis (Patron)


Hetty Van Hale (Chair)
Wayne Findlay (Treasurer)
John Beattie
Lloyd S. Davis
Sir Eion Edgar
Caroline Hutchison
Lucy Lucas
Fiona McPhee
Dennis Schwarz
Miranda Spary
Mike Toepfer
Mark Verbiest
Annabel Wilson

Philip Tremewan – Festival Director
Lindsey Schofield – General Manager
White Ink Communications – Publicity and PR
Anna McConville – Artist Liaison, Marketing Assistant & Venues