Crux Local Democracy Project Launch

In a world first, Southern Lakes community news website Crux is joining forces with a global pioneer in digital democracy – Ethelo. The Local Democracy Project is designed to increase the power of the citizen. This is the first-time public interest journalism and a digital democracy platform have joined forces.  The founding principle of the […]

Lawrence Arabia’s Singles Club (QUEENSTOWN)

Festival of Colour Arts Festival, which this year gains a presence in Queenstown at Sherwood, presents Lawrence Arabia’s Singles Club. New Zealand’s “foremost chronicler of 21st Century bourgeois dilemmas,” Lawrence Arabia, is back with a tour to celebrate the soon to be released album version of his audacious twelve month long project, “Lawrence Arabia’s Singles […]


Estere is coming to Sherwood, as part of the Festival of Colour Arts Festival, which this year gains a presence in Queenstown at Sherwood. “The voice alone earns her a place in any year-end list, but her production finesse and ability to weave world-music beats with found sounds and beautiful lyrics, make her a Kiwi […]

One Piece at a Time – Finn Andrews (QUEENSTOWN)

Festival of Colour, which gains a Queenstown arm at Sherwood this year, is proud to present Finn Andrews, with full band and strings, and support from Reb Fountain “This record has taken me somewhere else. That’s kind of the spooky element of making albums: you think you’re making them but really they’re making and shaping […]

Achieving peak performance into the 2020s

We are living in interesting times. The demands and pressures on each of us are increasing as a result of ubiquitous connectivity and fast-paced information flows. At the same time, expectations of employers are changing as individuals look for more purpose and empowerment in their working lives. And all of this happens against the background […]

Street Theatre

9.30am: 3 Speed Crunch Box – extraordinary Aussie acrobats bring their circus skills to this performance out in front of Big Fig. 10am & 11am: Live:Stream – a site-specific dance piece celebrating the connection between our own rhythm and flow, and that of a living stream. Dancers from Dance Wanaka @ the lawn by Speight’s […]

Tree Dancer

Chloe Loftus dances at night up in the branches of a tree. Come see this enchanting outdoor performance by New Zealand’s arboreal aerialist as the spotlight picks her out. “Chloe Loftus had me absolutely spellbound as she twirled and twisted in midair and daintily stepped from branch to trunk. She was spectacular. Not the kind […]


We’re going back to school! The Festival of Colour Schoolfest programme offers free and low-cost events for primary, intermediate and secondary school students. A variety of our performers run workshops and put on special performances for students, and we provide tickets for school groups to some of our public performances. Bookings can be made with […]

Live Art In The Palace

Join two celebrated New Zealand artists for an evening of “performance art”. Dick Frizzell and Richard Adams will paint to a backdrop of live jazz played by The Gavin Adams Quartet (Nigel Gavin, Richard Adams, Jeff Sinnott and Dominic Stayne), each completing a one-off work of art to be auctioned off on the night – profits to support the Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust.

Peace-Keeper, Peace-Maker

Major General Dave Gawn served two years as Head of Mission to the UN Truce Supervision Organization; since 1948, the organisation has worked between Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.