We’re on the final countdown to bolting down our programme, but we are still chasing a small shortfall in our budget. Our board needs to sign off on the programme and budget in just two weeks’ time so any final patron or benefactor donations would be most welcome before then. Also if you know of anyone who might be interested in helping to bring the best of the arts to the region then please ask them to contact Lindsey today. The Festival of Colour brings transformational moments and unforgettable experiences to the communities of the Southern Lakes district. We couldn’t do this without the support of our Patrons, Benefactors and Sponsors – your support is vital so a huge big thank you.

Since our last newsletter we have had confirmation from more sponsors and backers on their support for the festival in April – special thanks to Longview Environmental Trust with whom we have a long standing relationship, they will support a beautiful show that tugs at the heart strings. And a huge thank you to Placemakers Wanaka and Turnkey Homes who have combined their local support to become Silver sponsors and help us bring a headline-stealing show. We thought it might be beyond our budget but their support has meant we will be able to bring this for two nights – we know it will be very popular.

And we welcome the consistent backing from the Marsh Family Trust, Northlake and Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground who all support us as bronze sponsors, and also welcome NZ Funds Private Wealth as a local business sponsor.

And we have had confirmation of grants from Lion Foundation, AAW Jones Trust, Callis Trust and Nellie Milnes Trust.
We’re nearly at our budget target but we do still need just a few more sponsors and patron donations so if you would like to help to bring the best of the arts to the region then please do get in touch today.

Sing it to my Face workshops

A couple of weeks ago we ran three successful workshops with over 100 primary and high school students, and over 60 adults all keen to use their vocal chords and participate in next  year’s festival performance of the community choir production ‘Sing it to my Face’. We were overwhelmed with the support; director Jo Randerson and musical director Julian Raphael said they had never had so much interest at a first workshop. There was lots of laughter and fun as well as learning some of the music from the show, and it gave everyone a good flavour of what the final production will be like.

Four different age groups will sing to each other, about some of the views that the generations feel for each other but are often not said. The script is adapted for each performance location with feedback generated from surveys. If you would like to take part in the survey then click on the link below relevant for your age group.
Under 30 – http://www.singtomyface.com/under-30.html
30 – 60 years – http://www.singtomyface.com/30—60.html
60 + years – http://www.singtomyface.com/over-60.html

We will be starting a fundraising campaign to help with the costs of bringing this wonderful community production to Wanaka – watch out for a newsletter with more information to be sent out shortly.
In the meantime if you would like to make a donation to help the festival and our running costs then you can do so now.

Meet the Trustees

The Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust is the trust that runs the Festival of Colour. There are 10 trustees who all give of their time voluntarily and do a fantastic job of working with key staff in driving the strategic direction of the festival and ensuring that all the finances and operations are run well. At the recent AGM Alistair King was appointed co-chair with Hetty Van Hale – he is a partner at Crowe Horwath as well as Chair of the Wanaka Chamber of Commerce. He has lived in Wanaka for 16 years and thinks the Festival of Colour is a magnificent local event and is really looking forward to getting stuck into the role of co-chair.

Deputy Chair is Jo McGregor who has been on the trust board since September 2015. Jo has been coming to Wanaka for over 40 years, and having previously worked in the corporate world returned  to Wanaka from London over seven years ago. She has followed her passions in food and the arts by setting up a Cooking school called ‘Forks Road’ with partner Kirsty Hewitt. She is passionate about the arts and is involved in an art investment group as treasurer, is studying design and is especially keen and practices dance.

What’s On

Dolmen Ensemble at Rippon Hall – Tuesday 29 November. This will be an evening of exceptional chamber music as three prizewinners of the Royal Over-seas League join together to perform some of the finest chamber music including Brahms clarinet trio op.114. The New Zealand branch of the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSLNZ) is a self-funded and non-profit Commonwealth organisation committed to supporting New Zealand musicians and artists at the onset of their careers through a programme of scholarships and performance opportunities.
Tickets $29 at Dash Tickets