Tickets for our 2021 festival went on sale last week, and we’ve had a great response – thanks to everyone for supporting the ninth Festival of Colour!

Sales are strong across the board, but the good news is we have seats left for almost every show in our programme. There’s still time to get in and grab yourself a ticket for an amazing arts experience.

How to book:

ONLINE: The easiest way to book is online through the Buy Tickets tab on our website.

BY TELEPHONE: You can also phone us to book on 022 4 849 669. Leave a message if we don’t pick up, and we’ll call you back.

All tickets will be digital E-Tickets this year, there will be no printed tickets. Please download to your mobile device for scanning at the venue.


Local’s Choice Wānaka

Thank you Wānaka for nominating our festie for Best Event in the Local’s Choice Wanaka 20/21 awards.

Lake Wanaka Tourism and Ignite Wanaka have partnered to bring you Local’s Choice Wanaka 20/21, and for the last four weeks, locals have been nominating their favourite businesses, spots and people. Now voting for the top three has started.

Check out the Top 3 Voting survey here – voting is open until March 3.

Are you ready to rant? 

Calling all parents of young children! Wellington blogger Emily Writes’ best-selling book Rants in the Dark takes to the stage on Thursday April 15 in Wanaka. Her heartfelt and hilarious writing explores her parenting experience, offering comfort and connection to other exhausted parents all over the world.

Honest, authentic and laugh-out-loud funny, the play is full of the things that every parent thinks at 4 o’clock in the morning, but would rarely be brave enough to say out loud.

Click on the image above to watch a preview of this hilarious, and moving, show.


Festival of Colour staff picks: PHILIP TREMEWAN – FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

Breakfast with Papers

“I love sitting down in the morning with a fresh coffee and unfolding a crisp newspaper – and not staring at a screen. Breakfast with Papers gives you that pleasure and the added delight of some informed commentators to take apart key stories on the day.”

Get your tickets to Breakfast with Papers, featuring Dominion Post editor Anna Fifield and commentator David Hall, here. 

Late Beethoven & The Dry Cardrona

“James K Baxter wrote a poem called ‘The Dry Cardrona’ which inspired Barton Price to compose a fine new work for the NZ String Quartet. And then they play some of the most gorgeous and profound music ever written – one of Beethoven’s last quartets.  A jewel.”

Get your tickets to Late Beethoven & The Dry Cardrona, featuring the NZ String Quartet, here. 

Supporter’s corner

This week, we share a word from our fantastic SILVER Sponsor, Resene, who are supporting our venue styling and have helped us bring The New Blue, a show celebrating the song-book of New Zealand’s first recording pop star, Pixie Williams.
Resene is passionate about colour and making the most of your spaces inside and out with colours that bring you joy.  From just one colour when Resene started in a Wellington garage in 1946, this year Resene celebrates 75 years of Kiwi-made paint with a huge range of colours suitable for projects inside and out.If your home is in need of fresh colour and you don’t know where to start, use the free ‘Ask a Resene Colour Expert’ service for tailor made advice to suit your lifestyle. Resene is delighted to continue our support and share our love of colour with you and the Festival of Colour.

Arts in our region

NZSO Setting Up Camp: The Soldier’s Tale
Lake Wanaka Centre,
Thursday 4 March @7:30pm

Composed in 1918, The Soldier’s Tale’s first tour was cut short by the Spanish flu but it has remained a perennially popular work ever since. Written “to be read, played and danced”, The Soldier’s Tale tells the story of the titular Soldier who makes a deal with the Devil: in exchange for the Soldier’s magic violin, the Devil will grant his every wish. This work is based on a Russian folk tale, was co-created with Swiss writer C.F. Ramuz, and gave Stravinsky the chance to display and include all of his favourite musical influences.

The Big Bike Film Night
Wanaka Community Hub
Thursday 4 March @ 7:00pm

This year’s range of films includes an incredible story of a transformative bikepacking journey through the Canadian Rockies, an unusual Victorian pastime taking place in modern London, a rider who has a burden of blindness and its vulnerabilities to contend with while undertaking a gruelling self-supported fat bike race in the Arctic, the humble story of a BMX Club and their dream of becoming the number one Club in the UK, and  a young female rider who goes back in time to carry the stories of the past into the future.

The Teddy Bears Picnic – Wānaka
Wanaka Recreation Centre
Saturday 6 March @ 11am

Bring your favourite, most loved Teddy Bear and picnic down to the Teddy Bears Picnic. Whanau fun for all ages with live performances, story telling, bubbles, free sausage sizzle, food vendors, face painting, colouring in, magical characters, life sized bears, sports games, bouncy castle, horizontal bungy and more. Free to attend.