As we approach December and the year starts to disappear, our thoughts turn to Aspiring Conversations in April. The programme will be released on February 18th and do make sure you have the dates in your diary – April 22 – 24th to give yourself ‘some time for thinking’.
Our line-up of intriguing, controversial, interesting and dynamic speakers is almost complete and we can’t wait to share it with you in February. We thank major funders Longview Enironmental Trust and Otago Community Trust. And our thanks to new sponsors on board – Mt Difficulty, Quartz Reef, Otago Daily Times, Allenby Farms and Local Business Sponsors – Bayleys, Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village and Batchelar McDougall. Without this support we couldn’t put together our festival line-up.
And don’t forget to keep up to date with all the news of the festival and other events in the region on our Facebook page – link. And if you know anyone who might be interested to receive these email updates then please send them this link.
And did you know that if you would like to, you can make a donation at any time to the festival via our website [link]. It costs almost a $1 million to put on the Festival of Colour every two years and this income comes from a mix of ticket sales, sponsorship, grants and donations. It’s a well-used phrase but every little bit really does help, and with every donation you really are making a difference to the community that we live in and helping to bring top class arts to the region. Aren’t we so lucky to live in this wonderful region and isn’t it so great to be able to welcome the national and international performers and visitors? Thank you in advance.

NZ Music awards
Several of our festival favourites were honoured at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards last week including Michael Houstoun who won ‘Best Classical Album’ for his recording of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. Well done to Michael and all the other winners.
What’s On
The Central Otago Regional Choir, conducted by John Buchanan, invites you to experience a joyful celebration of the Christmas Season. Friday 27 November at Lake Wanaka Centre They will perform works by much loved contemporary composers, including Bob Chilcott, Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo, and Andrew Lloyd Webber, in a concert featuring Haydn’s delightfully optimistic Missa Brevis in F. By popular request, there will also be an opportunity for the audience to “feel the Christmas spirit” by joining in the singing of well-known Christmas Carols!
Auckland Arts Festival programme announced!
Everything from beat-boxing, break-dancing all-stars to a fantastical fire garden will light up Auckland this summer as part of Auckland Arts Festival’s now annual programme.
Festival highlights include London’s West End hit The James Plays; the flaming sculptures of Carabosse’s Fire Garden; urban circus 360 ALLSTARS, the flick-knife footwork of m¡longa; belly-aching slapstick circus comedy La Cucina dell-Arte, scandalous sexy cabaret Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid, soulful songwriter Sufjan Stevens and much, much more! Head to the Festival’s website here for the full programme.