“Beautiful” and “outrageously original” theatre show coming to Wanaka

  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: […]

What’s coming up? Music, theatre and food for thought.

The Kugels are coming – here’s your chance to bring two friends for free In just over a week we will welcome New Zealand’s best klezmer band, The Kugels, to the Hawea Flat Hall for a one-off show. The band features three former members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, as well as top New […]

Aspiring Conversations opens tonight

Wanaka is bustling with activity as speakers for Aspiring Conversations arrive in town for this weekend’s festival of ideas. Tonight we begin this ‘time for thinking’ with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and former President of Ireland and passionate human rights advocate Mary Robinson in the sold-out session ‘Working for change’. The box office at the […]

World leaders to speak at Aspiring Conversations

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Ireland’s former President Mary Robinson lead the programme for the Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas to be held in April.     The opening event session ‘Working for Change’ features the two leaders discussing bringing about change at local, national and international levels.  The session is one of 11 events […]

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 […]