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 new approach to politics and policy.

Award-winning clown Fraser Hooper performs street theatre today outside Patagonia at 10am and 1pm, and Michael Houstoun and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra perform.

The Song Dispensary continues to prescribe songs and you can listen to those created here

Dangerous Song opened yesterday and has shows today and tomorrow. This moving ethereal show mixes the sounds of endangered species with live music and song and stunning visual projections of creatures and Planet Earth: sea creatures swim across the screen, a woman walks the tightrope (underlying the precarious balance of the environment), a turtle swims in the sea and faces pollution from shopping trolleys and plastic bags, and beneath it all is the heartbeat of the planet and the crying of the whales.

Last night was a big night out for Festivalgoers with full houses at Jamie Bowen’s Heart Goes Boom/Head Goes Bang, Tami Neilson and her band in the Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace, KIRI at the Lake Wanaka Centre and later, Paddy Free at Gin and Raspberry.

The world premiere of The Blue Moments Project was well received with a supportive sold out crowd at the Central Lakes Trust Crystal. This classy local production fused spoken word with a jazz score. For more photos check out our Facebook page.

We’re looking forward to another fantastic night at the Festival tonight with New York cabaret Lady Rizo opening her show – have a read of a review of her brand new show here