Have you got your tickets for Mr Red Light?

Seats are selling fast for this hilarious and heart-warming show, heading our way October 19 following a hugely successful Auckland season. There were standing ovations, and Jeremy Corbett from The Project NZ (TV3) even visited the set.

Here are a few words from the reviewers:

“It’s the kind of theatre that makes film look boring, and turns first-time punters into lifelong patrons.” – Up your arts

“One of the most surreal, beautiful, hysterical and outrageously original shows to grace an Auckland stage this year.” – NZ Herald



Mr Red Light is a man who attracts bad luck. Fleeing the police after a botched bank robbery, he seeks refuge in a pie shop and finds himself in charge of three very uncooperative hostages.

From the team behind the award-winning Te Po, Spirit House and 360, Mr Red Light combines the hapless humour of Dog Day Afternoon with the quirky life-affirming charm of Amelie. It will remind you just how mysterious and wonderful life can be.

Otago audiences will be the first in the country to see the show outside of Auckland. Do not miss!

Mr Red Light
When: Saturday October 19 @ 7:30pm
Where: Lake Wanaka Centre
Tickets: $42 adults / $23 students
from Eventfinda


Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust will be held on Friday 18 October at 12 noon at the Wanaka Hotel. All welcome to attend.

Copies of the Annual Report will be available at the meeting.


Aspiring Conversation 2020 – Save the dates!


Get ready for our Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas, three days of thought-provoking discussion and performance in April of 2020.

Key dates:

Supporters and sponsors



We’ll have some lovely local accommodation on offer for our speakers and performers thanks to Lakeside Apartments and Wanaka Hotel, who are both returning as Accommodation Partners for the 2020 Aspiring Conversations.



We are also thrilled to welcome back the teams at Batchelar McDougall Consulting and the Big Fig as Local Business Sponsors.


And Queenstown and Wanaka Airports join us again as Gateway Partners for 2020 – they are the gateways to our community, and to have them as the gateways to our festivals is a perfect fit as our speakers and performers come to us from all over New Zealand and abroad.

Please support the businesses and organisations that support us – it is thanks to them we are able to bring the best of arts and ideas to our region!