Plans for Performing Arts Centre in Wānaka

Tēna Koutou Festival whānau, We’re sure you’re aware of the plans to build our very own performing arts centre in Wānaka – a centre that would be a tremendous boon for both the Festival and our community as a whole. The Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust fully supports the project. So, why are we reaching […]

Job listing: Festival Of Colour – Operations Manager (Wānaka based)

The Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust is seeking Expressions of Interest for a fixed term position working on 2023’s Festival of Colour in Wānaka. We are seeking applications from individuals to form part of our Festival leadership team and be involved in delivery of the following, amongst other areas: Grants, sponsorship, and Patron and Benefactor […]

Thank you for your support as Aspiring Conversations is cancelled

Cancelling Aspiring Conversations 2022 It is with heavy hearts that due to the current Red Light setting and the presence of the Omicron version of Covid in the community, the Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust has decided to cancel the 2022 Aspiring Conversations. As you may know, festivals and events are restricted to audiences of […]

Countdown to the Aspiring Conversations launch

Only a few days to go!  Farah Palmer and Rosara Joseph The 2022 Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas is going to be full of discussion about all the things that make our world tick including some of today’s most pressing issues. Aspiring Conversations Programmer Philip Tremewan says the weekend promises to be informative, and inspiring, […]

Announcing the first speakers for Aspiring Conversations 2022

An early seasonal treat – announcing the first speakers for Aspiring Conversations 2022 We are excited to be able to announce our first two speakers for the 2022 Aspiring Conversations ideas festival (March 25-27, 2022). Our ‘Wāhine Toa – Sports Women’ session will feature Farah Palmer, former Black Ferns captain, three-time Rugby World Cup winner […]

Farewells and welcomes for the Festival team

Thank you to Laura Williamson, the Festival’s outgoing General Manager Laura Williamson The 2021 Festival of Colour marked the end of Laura Williamson’s time as our General Manager. We were sad to see her go and want to acknowledge her dedication and efforts in developing the festival and its audiences over the past five years. […]

Getting ready for Aspiring Conversations and introducing the new boss!

A warm welcome to our new Executive Director The Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Charlie Unwin as Executive Director of the Festival of Colour and Aspiring Conversations. This is a new position that replaces the General Manager role previously held by Laura Williamson. Charlie grew up playing in […]

Looking back and looking forward, dates set for the 2022 Aspiring Conversations

Dates set for the Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas It’s almost a month since the 2021 Festival of Colour finished, and though we are still catching our breath, we are also looking forward. We’ve set the dates for the 2022 Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas! This three-day event will take place from March 25 to 27, […]

New speaker announced for Aspiring Conversations, pop-up ticketing, and more!

Mel Bunce will join Anna Fifield and David Hall for our Breakfast with Papers Aspiring Conversations session. New speaker announced for ‘Breakfast with Papers’ Aspiring Conversations session The stars have aligned and international news media expert Mel Bunce is joining the line-up for Aspiring Conversations at the Festival of Colour. Dr Bunce was scheduled to join us in 2020, but Covid got […]

Festival of Colour opening event and theatre for kids

Join us for our festival opening!   The 2021 Festival of Colour officially kicks off at 5pm on Sunday April 11. Come along to the Lake Wānaka Centre outdoor stage for our festival welcome. You’ll see a short live performance by Louise Potiki Bryant, Ariana Tikao and Paddy Free which will introduce you to their stunning […]