Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2019 Festival of Colour: all of our performers, sponsors, patrons, benefactors, suppliers, staff, crew, volunteers and those who support us in 1000 small ways. And of course to the wider community of Wanaka.

See you in April 2021!

In the meantime, we’re looking forward to hosting the Aspiring Conversation festival of ideas in April 2020,

as well as a series of one-off arts events in the Wanaka region.

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The Festival of Colour presents The Kugels

The Festival of Colour is thrilled to be bringing The Kugels, New Zealand’s favourite klezmer band, to the Hawea Flat Hall on September 7. The band features three former members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, as well as top New Zealand composer and Arts Laureate Ross Harris.

The folk idiom of the Jewish people, Klezmer was originally played at weddings and other celebrations in Eastern and Central Europe. The music gained popularity in America with the arrival of Yiddish speaking immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, assimilating jazz elements into the mix. Wild-spirited and haunting, it’s music that makes you want to dance.

When: Saturday September 7 @ 7pm
Where: Hawea Flat Hall (Cnr Camphill Road and St Ninians Way, Hawea Flat)
Tickets: $30 adults / $20 students from

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Thank you to Arts on Tour for sending The Kugels our way!

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Get your tickets for Mr Red Light

Mr Red Light is a man who attracts bad luck. So naturally, when he tries to rob a bank he fails miserably – and ends up in a pie shop dealing with three very uncooperative hostages and the world’s worst police negotiator.

As time ticks by, Mr Red Light and his captives play a game of getting to know you. With nowhere to run and nothing to lose, they form an unlikely bond. And mysteriously, Mr Red Light seems to know more about his hostages’ lives than is possible.

From the team behind the award-winning Te PōSpirit House and 360, Mr Red Light combines the hapless humour of Dog Day Afternoon with the quirky life-affirming charm ofAmelie. Joyfully inventive, absurdly funny and full of surprises, it will remind you just how mysterious and wonderful life can be.

Presented by Nightsong and Tour-Makers in association with the Festival of Colour, directed by Ben Crowder and Carl Bland.

When: Saturday October 19 @ 7:30pm
Where: Lake Wanaka Centre
Tickets: $46.05 adults / $23 students (R16) from Eventfinda.

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