One month until the Aspiring Conversations programme launch

A Happy New Year from the Festival! We hope you enjoyed the holidays and are looking forward to the year ahead. The 2018 Aspiring Conversations will be held at Lake Wanaka Centre from April 6-8, and it’s now just over a month until we launch the programme for this year’s event. Politics, science, history, music, […]

First Aspiring Conversations speakers announced

“Did someone attach jumper leads to my brain? I’m fizzing on the cognitive cocktail of Aspiring Conversations.” – 2016 audience member Summer has announced itself in Wanaka with two weeks of stunning weather, and it’s just two months until we launch the programme for the 2018 Aspiring Conversations, presented by Milford Asset Management. We have […]

New GM announced

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Wanaka local Laura Williamson to the General Manager position previously held by Lindsey Schofield. Laura – cyclist, journalist, writer, ex ski instructor and performance poet – will be well known to many in the Wanaka community. Laura has attended all seven festivals, both Aspiring Conversations weekends, performed […]

Festival of Colour announces surplus and plans for the future

At the Annual General Meeting held today the Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust was pleased to announce the best ever surplus of $121,602 for the latest two-year accounting period ending 30 June 2017. However it is to be noted that this does include one-off grants and donations of $43,000 which were used to assist with […]

Festival GM moves on

The Festival of Colour’s longstanding General Manager Lindsey Schofield has decided it’s time for her to try out a new job. The Festival will miss her – for ten years she has been at the heart of the festival operations, and her energy, her good humour and her great organising skills have carried us forward […]

Midwinter news

The temperatures are dropping in Wanaka and we find that people fall into two camps – either the skiers get engrossed in mountain conditions or the non-skiers escape to warmer climes! The Festival office is quiet as we finish the festival accounts and start our planning for Aspiring Conversations 2018. We have had a high […]

It’s a wrap!

It’s all over for another year – the performers and most of the team have left town, the Crystal Palace is being dismantled and all we have are great memories of some wonderful performances and some very memorable moments. Whether it be the warmth and community spirit at our opening night bonfires, the heartfelt and […]

Final Festival Fling

With only two days left of the Festival, it’s time to get your final festival fix. Yesterday the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, led by pianist Michael Houstoun brought Mozart to the fore in a superb concert enjoyed by a sold-out audience. Aspiring Conversations continued with a fascinating talk on innovation, and two dynamic young thinkers talking […]

Country life, changing the world and New York glamour

The Festival ramps up this weekend with 16 shows over these two days and street theatre to keep everyone entertained. Today’s Aspiring Conversations sessions cover technology, aging and how we can change the world and we’re delighting to be the first place in New Zealand to launch Max Harris’ book The New Zealand Project, a […]

Mountain biking, a world premiere play and music for Planet Earth

Today’s a big day for local creatives with three Southern Lakes shows opening …  with two of the shows featuring our schools co-ordinator Laura Williamson! A mountain-biking enthusiast, Laura joins former champion mountain biker Scarlett Hagen in the Aspiring Conversations session On Your Bike at midday to discuss cycling and mountain biking. Then tonight at […]