You are invited

Please join us for the opening event of the 2019 Festival of Colour – the launch of the Wai Water Wanaka exhibition.

Come along for a complimentary drink and nibbles – let’s get festival season started together!

WHERE: Lake Wanaka Centre
WHEN: Friday, March 29 @ 5pm

More about Wai Water Wanaka:

Water is seen as a bringer of life and an ancestral voice, but today it’s also a contested and saleable commodity. A group of artists from Aotearoa explore insights into our rivers, lakes and wetlands, including the waterways of the Southern Lakes.

The Wai Water Wanaka exhibition is sponsored by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and will be open March 30 to April 7, daily from 10am to 5pm.

High-backed chairs needed

For our show, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt, we need six high-backed chairs for the stage set.

Can you help?

Please email or call the festival office on 443 4172.

The Festival is going Fringe!

For the first time, the Festival of Colour has a fringe show.

We are thrilled to welcome ORPHEUS, a storytelling and live music performance by two of the UK’s most innovative theatremakers.

Alexander Wright is the director/creator of London’s longest-running immersive theatre experience (The Great Gatsby) and Phil Grainger is a musician who also creates large scale outdoor theatrical adventures for youth and their families.

Together, they have created ORPHEUS; an internationally award-winning show wound together from hair-raising spoken word and soul music. The show premiered in the garden of a Dutch cheese shop in Cromarty and since then it’s played in houses, pubs, halls, shops, tunnels, libraries, foyers, bars, empty lofts and – very occasionally – a theatre.

It’s a modern retelling of the ancient myth, transporting us through dive bars, back streets and late-night karaoke – a 5000-year-old story told for us, here, now.

WHERE: Gin and Raspberry
WHEN: Wednesday April 3 @ 10pm

This event is run in association with the Festival of Colour – get your tickets here from Eventfinda.


Staff picks

Associate Event Manager Liz Breslin shares her pick of the festival: The Locals.

“I’m really looking forward to watching The Locals perform.

As well as being a celebration of three different homegrown voices, the audience atmosphere is going to be great – from people who have watched Martine, Connor and Phoebe develop their talents over the years to their young fans who want to grow up and be just like them. Go The Locals!”

Tickets tickets tickets!

We still have tickets to a majority of Festival of Colour shows!

You can book tickets online at or call our friendly staff on the ticketing line: 022 4 849 669.

Are you in Queenstown? Estère, Finn Andrews of The Veils (with Reb Fountain) and Lawrence Arabia (touring his Single’s Club project) are all playing shows at the Sherwood in addition to their Wanaka gigs.

Tickets for the Sherwood shows are available here through Eventfinda.