Festival of Colour launches local business sponsorship package

With just over one year to go before the next Southern Lakes Festival of Colour, organisers have launched a new sponsorship category aimed at building support from the local business community in return for a package of benefits.

Firms can elect to become either a Local Business Supporter or Local Business Partner for the 2015 event for an investment of $1,000+gst or $2,000+gst respectively. Both options can be paid in instalments. Companies already signed up include Penberthy Insurance Otago Ltd, Aspiring Wealth Management and Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village.

In return, Local Business Supporters receive a package of hospitality and marketing benefits including a priority booking period, choice of reserved seating, a double invitation to all festival functions including the launch plus their company name on the festival programme, website and social media channels.

Local Business Partners receive all these benefits plus six complimentary tickets to a show or shows of their choice, the opportunity to include a promotional offer in one of the festival’s monthly e-newsletters, their company logo in a special ‘thank you’ advert in the local media before the festival and specially discounted advertising rates with Radio Wanaka.

Festival of Colour General Manager, Lindsey Schofield said the new sponsorship categories give local business owners the chance to maximise their return on investment by creating specific marketing opportunities around their involvement with the event.

“We’ve designed the new packages around the need for local businesses to receive something back in return for their financial support. The variety of performances over the six-day festival from theatre and music to inspiring talks and family shows provides excellent opportunities for corporate entertainment and promotion to a loyal, mainly local audience,” she said.

“We already have some wonderful corporate sponsors, many of whom return year after year after seeing the benefits of their association with the festival, but we recognise this level of financial support isn’t feasible for many smaller firms who still want to be involved. At the same time, it will also help broaden the festival’s funding base.”

Ms Schofield urged business owners seeking more information to contact her at the festival office in Wanaka.

Local Business Supporters and Partners compliment the Festival of Colour’s existing gold, silver and bronze sponsor groups that start at $6,000 as well as its media and accommodation partners that provide contra support.

Adam Page – the wizard of live-looping returns to Wanaka

Adam Page, and his characteristic gigantic beard, returns to Wanaka after a sell-out show at last year’s Festival of Colour. Adam is here for a week running workshops in schools in the area and then finishing the week with three special performances that are bound to sell out.

Adam is a talented multi-instrumentalist – first up he’s a saxophone player but the instruments he loops are as diverse as the bass, banjo, clarinet and didgeridoo, in styles ranging from funk and tango to classical, jazz and afrobeat.

His beat boxing, his high energy, sense of fun and fantastic music, make for an unforgettable performance that will appeal to all ages.

Friday 28th February – Hawea Flat Hall at 7pm

Saturday March 1st – Wanaka Masonic Lodge – 6pm family show and late show at 9pm.

All performances will be 70 minutes long with no interval, and are suitable for all ages.

Tickets $20 adult and $10 school students from www.festivalofcolour.co.nz. Tickets on sale now – do book early as we expect demand to be very high. Book online and then choose to either print at home or collect at the venue.


Festival of Colour announces modest surplus

We were pleased to announce at our AGM this week that Festival of Colour 2013 achieved a very modest surplus of $529. This is thanks to our sponsors and funders, patrons and benefactors and record ticket sales. Festival Chair Hetty Van Hale said in her Chair’s report that the fifth biennial festival continued to build on its reputation as the ‘best little arts festival in New Zealand’. “The quality of programming, the number of people that engage with the Festival, the audience appreciation, the welcome for performers, along with strong community support all ensure that we continue to be regarded as one of the best in the country,” she said.

The festival annual report with all the financial information will be printed and available in the next few weeks – sponsors, patrons and benefactors will automatically be sent one, do let Lindsey know if you would like to be sent a copy when it is available – info@festivalofcolour.co.nz

Hetty thanked key grant makers Creative New Zealand, Central Lakes Trust and the Community Trust of Otago, as well as gold sponsor Aurora and the 150 festival patrons and benefactors who she called ‘the core stakeholders in the festival, contributing financially to ensure we can keep ticket prices low’. In particular, she praised CNZ’s Creative Giving initiative that enabled new or increased public contributions to be matched by the national body.

Festival Director Philip Tremewan also outlined plans for an off-year programme in 2014 including a ‘festival of ideas’ based on the main programme’s highly popular Aspiring Conversations sessions, and other one off performances such as Lawrence Arabia.

Lawrence Arabia tickets on sale now

Lawrence Arabia is playing at new boutique bar Gin & Raspberry Thursday November 7th at 8pm. Tickets only $25, including a complimentary Gin & Raspberry cocktail on arrival. Many of you will have seen Lawrence playing with Mike Fabulous as ‘Fabulous Arabia’ at this year’s festival of Colour. This time he returns with his marvellous and multi-talented four piece band. The Festival of Colour is pleased to welcome the first ever Lawrence Arabia band tour in New Zealand outside the four main centres.  It’s a 90 minutes show, abundant with banter and three part harmonies, wit, beauty and occasional loud noise.
Tickets on sale – online at www.patronbase.com/_FestivalOfColour/Productions. Or from Gin & Raspberry, or Francescas Italian Kitchen.

Other great performances coming to Wanaka include Fortune Theatre’s production of ‘Gifted’ at the Lake Wanaka Centre on Monday 14th October. [link] Part of a Southland tour including Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra. This production had a stunning premiere in the Christchurch Arts Festival – where it was one of the top audience favourites in the whole festival. Further information and tickets at www.fortunetheatre.co.nz

Across The Bridge in Bannockburn
Dave Armstrong’s latest play ‘Central’, written whilst on residency in Bannockburn last year,  is having a second reading this weekend as part of the Across The Bridge festival in Bannockburn. A weekend of music, readings, wine tastings and arts – Be inspired, tempted, informed and entertained. ‘Central’ was first read in this year’s Festival of Colour and some of the original cast will be reading this second stage script. Afterwards Dave will give a short talk and answer questions. It is sure to be a fascinating insight into how a writer’s work gets crafted. Saturday 5th October 4.30pm at Carrick Winery. Tickets $10 phone 03 445 3480



Lawrence Arabia to perform in Wanaka – November 7th

The Festival of Colour is delighted to be bringing Christchurch-born, sometime-robed, aging ex-wunderkind, Lawrence Arabia, back to Wanaka as part of a New Zealand tour this November. Following their sold-out appearance at this year’s Southern Lakes Festival of Colour, melodic Kiwi four-piece Lawrence Arabia return to Wanaka for a special one-off gig at the town’s new boutique bar and music venue, Gin & Raspberry on Thursday 7 November.

The band headlined the opening night of last April’s festival as part of ‘supergroup’ Fabulous Arabia that also featured musicians from the Black Seeds, Trinity Roots and Fat Freddy’s Drop as well as an impromptu, band-led conga line around the Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace.

The Festival of Colour is presenting Lawrence Arabia’s Wanaka date as part of the band’s first ever nationwide tour outside the four main centres. Eponymous lead vocalist Arabia, aka James Milne, said the show would be just as entertaining as April’s gig but a whole new sonic experience for the town.“There are a million reasons to come and see us again. Our core sound is more Beatles-esque and less funky. We have the same singers but a different drummer; shorter songs but lots more of them!” he said. “It’s a 90-minute plus show, abundant with banter and three-part harmonies, wit, beauty and occasional loud noise.”

Lawrence’s most recent album, “The Sparrow,” was released worldwide in July 2012, receiving all sorts of kind plaudits from the press, including the Sunday Times’ (UK) CD Of The Week, iTunes NZ’s New Zealand Album Of The Year 2012, and a Taite Music Prize nomination. After the release of “The Sparrow,” Lawrence and band toured Australia, New Zealand, North America, the UK and Europe again during the second half of 2012, and returned to Europe in May of this year for shows with The Phoenix Foundation

Since releasing his debut album in 2006, Lawrence Arabia has toured extensively in Europe, Australia and North America, including tours with Feist, Beach House, Okkervil River and Crowded House. In 2009, Lawrence Arabia’s song “Apple Pie Bed” won the APRA Silver Scroll and the album it came from, “Chant Darling,” won the inaugural Taite Music Prize.

Recently, his major project has been fatherhood, but in July, Mr Arabia recorded a song commissioned by the Aarhus Festival in Denmark, entitled “Sweet Dissatisfaction,” which was the inspiration for a film made especially for the festival by American alt-country musician and filmmaker, Jim White. Also, Arabia reassembled his band and accompanying string quartet for a sold-out show at the Christchurch Arts Festival this September.

The Lawrence Arabia band comprises the eponymous Arabia on guitar, piano and vocals, Tom Watson on lead guitar, trumpet and vocals, Hayden Eastmond-Mein on bass guitar and vocals, and Alistair Deverick on drums (and the occasional vocal).

Performance Thursday November 7th at 8pm at Gin & Raspberry, 155 Ardmore Street, Wanaka. Tickets $25 adults.

Book online at www.festivalofcolour.co.nz and follow the link on the home page.  Or from Gin & Raspberry or Francescas Italian Restaurant.

Festival of Colour patrons and benefactors priority ticket sales from Monday 23 September. Public ticket sales from Monday 30 September.

Tickets will all be venue pick-up. If you need to collect your tickets before the performance then please phone Lindsey on 021 443741 to make arrangements.



Festival of Colour hailed a success

The fifth Festival of Colour came to a close today 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.

The festival’s success saw over 12,000 tickets sold and 50 performances sold out at venues in Lake Wanaka, Queenstown, Cromwell and the surrounding Southern Lakes area. Audiences were treated to performances by such Kiwi greats as Don McGlashan, Bill Manhire and Michael Houstoun. They were challenged during thought-provoking Aspiring Conversations sessions by Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersch, Lloyd Geering and Nicky Hager. And they were the first to see two world premieres in music and theatre with Between Darkness and Light and Tracing Hamlet.

Festival director, Philip Tremewan said he was delighted with how the latest Festival of Colour had been received by audiences of all ages.

“I’m really thrilled by the success of this festival. It’s been wonderful winning new audiences – younger people and lots more people from outside the area. Plus there have been some tremendous shows that have really touched people’s hearts. Poetry and Song followed by Songs to Leave Behind both touch on quite deep topics but in exquisitely beautiful ways. My favourite moment was when Bill Manhire starting reading Rain and as he starting reading the rain started hammering down on the roof of the Crystal Palace!

“We can’t wait to build on this success and already we’re talking to performers about ideas for 2015 and there are some great things cooking up. “

The closing day took audiences on a journey through music, politics and theatre starting with a Sunday brunch by the award-winning Amiria Grenell. In stark contrast, the next women to take the stage in the Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace were three young politicians there to debate the challenges in engaging the youth generation – Nikki Kaye, Jacinda Arden and Julie Anne Genter. While from three different political parties, all agreed that there was a need for a different style of democracy where young people felt they could have their voice heard and that their voice makes a difference with the role of social media becoming ever more important.

Laughter, music and madness filled the Lake Wanaka Centre with the final performance of Beautiful Losers, inspired by Jack Kerouac’s ground-breaking novel On the Road.

The Festival of Colour always finishes on a high and this year was no exception. The previous night the Electric Wire Hustle Family had Queenstown audiences dancing in their seats and in Wanaka the band’s raw energy on stage also brought the crowd to their feet to conclude another successful Festival of Colour.

Pick of the week – Tracing Hamlet

This week Trust Chair Hetty Van Hale makes her pick ‘I’m really looking forward to seeing what Sara Brodie creates with the drama students and our cast of locals for the production ‘Tracing Hamlet’. Anyone who saw Riverside Drive last festival knows that she is a director at the top of her game and really brought out some amazing performances from the team of local actors. This time round she is using Shakespearean text – but with a twist. It sounds like great fun with the audience being split into two and walking round Puzzling World to try and piece together what has happened to Hamlet – from what I’ve heard we only get fleeting glimpses of him, even a skype call! So I really am quite intrigued to see what it’s all about. It’ll be great fun, and there’s some of those really talented high school musicians in it too. Sara came down this weekend and they have started rehearsals so watch this space ‘

Tracing Hamlet plays at Puzzling World from Tuesday 16 to Saturday 20 April. Tickets $25 adults and $10 students

Doc Ross photographic exhibition

We are delighted to announce that we have added an additional visual arts element to the already packed 2013 festival programme. The exhibition by Christchurch photographer Doc Ross was inspired by the February 2011 Canterbury earthquakes. It features 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′ the inspiration for the portraits came from the duration in seconds of the quake that shook Christchurch to its core and the effects of which still resonate both physically in terms of the city’s appearance and emotionally amongst the people who were affected.

Each of the 37 photographs were exposed for 37 seconds and are accompanied by 37 words written by each individual subject to describe their own personal experiences.

Speaking about his latest work, Doc Ross said, “Each person was asked to sit totally still in a chair and support their head while a 37 second exposure multiple image portrait was made of them. Some people moved a lot, while others were frozen to the spot, which reflects the way people reacted differently to the violent shaking.

“The results are not necessarily how the sitter, or their friends even, see them, instead they are records of how we looked and felt in the aftermath of the earthquakes. It is my hope that these unmasked, intense and revealing portraits, along with those condensed experiences of the moment our city changed forever, will remind us how effecting an event like this is.”

The exhibition will take place in the Armstrong Room of the Lake Wanaka Centre for the duration of the festival, 16-21 April. Entry is by gold coin donation. It was previously on display at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pukenga Whakaata in Wellington.

Additional show announced

Due to popular demand we have added in an extra night of the hit Auckland Theatre Company production. ‘On the Upside Down of the World’ sold out it’s first three shows at Luggate Hall in the first week of public sales. We have added in a fourth night on Friday 19 April 2013 at 7pm at Luggate Hall. Tickets $38.

“This show really seems to have captured the attention of people, and I think our audience really appreciates having such top quality theatre in our local community halls. We are delighted to be able to present another night of this terrific play” said Festival of Colour GM Lindsey Schofield.

This outstanding one woman show has won Laurel Devenie critical acclaim. The 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 humour, she disregarded her personal disability and set about learning Maori. She establised a make-shift hospital, tutored Maori school students and dared to dream of what was possible in this brave new world.

National Business Review said that ‘Devenie’s performance is one of the best of the year”.

Lynn Freeman said ” Devenie is enchanting and captivating, her focus never waivers, nor does our delight in her performance”.

Make sure you buy tickets before this sells out too.
Book tickets online www.festivalofcolour.co.nz or phone 03 443 4162 or in person at the Lake Wanaka Centre box office Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm

Festival pick of the week – General Manager Lindsey Schofield

This week’s festival pick is from General Manager Lindsey Schofield - ”Bella Kalolo is one of the performances I’m most looking forward to. She has a beautiful soulful funky voice, a big personality and great warmth and charisma – guaranteed to be a stand out show”
Bella Kalolo (pictured above) will perform at the Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace on opening night – Tuesday 16 April at 8.30pm. Tickets $38