Bridget Douglas and Alistair Fraser will perform Silver Stone Wood Bone at the 2021 Festival of Colour. 

Tickets for the 2021 Festival of Colour arts and ideas festival are on sale now!
Thanks to you, our ticketing team has had a busy day! But we still have tickets available for almost every show, so there is still plenty of opportunity to enjoy the best of arts and ideas right here in Wanaka.
Check out our programme online at, or grab a printed programme brochure around town.

We’ve been distributing them to cafes and shops, or get one at the library or from the foyer of Lake Wanaka Centre.

How to buy tickets

There are three ways to book.

ONLINE: The easiest way to book is online through the Buy Tickets tab on our website.

You will need to register and/or log on with your email address. If you are not sure what your password is, you can sign in on the right-hand side of the screen and click on “Forgot”.

Once you have your email address and password confirmed, you are ready to go!

IN PERSON: If you prefer to book in person, we will have staff in the Lake Wanaka Centre Box Office tomorrow (on Saturday February 13) from 10am to 2pm.

This is the last day the Box Office will be open for in-person sales until the festival itself.

BY TELEPHONE: You can also phone us to book on 022 4 849 669.

All tickets will be digital E-Tickets this year, there will be no printed tickets. Please download to your mobile device for scanning at the venue.


Booking tickets in a time of Covid

Because of the combination of allocated seating in Lake Wanaka Centre and selling tickets for Covid Levels 1 and 2, it can be tricky to book a group of seats together.

If you have any trouble booking your preferred seats online, Lindsey, our Box Office manager, will be available in person at Lake Wanaka Centre tomorrow from 10am to 2pm, or you can call our ticketing line any time on 022 4 849 669 and we will be happy to help!

Level 1 and 2 tickets explained

While planning for the Festival we have been mindful of the ongoing Covid 19 situation and the fact that we may change Alert levels. With this in mind, we have released tickets in stages.

Covid Alert Level 2 tickets were released first, and will be valid if Wanaka returns to Alert Level 2 at and we need to reduce venue capacity. Covid Alert Level 1 tickets will only be valid at Alert Level 1, and will be refunded if we return to Alert Level 2 at festival time and have to reduce capacity.

If there are any changes to government guidelines that affect this ticketing system, we will be in touch!


Festival of Colour staff picks
 Today’s picks are courtesy of Laura Williamson, Festival of Colour General Manager, writer and “big music nerd”. 


“I’ve seen Anthonie Tonnon’s Rail Land show twice, and I’ll be there again on Thursday April 15 in the Pacific Crystal Place. It’s live music at its best – Anthonie is a multi-instrumentalist who mixes songwriting perfection with storytelling, in this case focused on the story of New Zealand’s railways, past and present.”

Watch a preview video of Rail Land here. 
“And catch the Aspiring Conversations session ‘In Other Words’, featuring writers Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh and Emily Writes. The two will talk about the barrier to and opportunities for “other” voices in the writing world.”
Selina was Aotearoa’s 11th Poet Laureate. She recently published ‘Time to Not Mop the Floor’ in the Pantograph Punch, as reflection on her journey as a “high functioning Pasifika Poet–Scholar” for the Pacific Arts Legacy Project.
Read ‘Time to Not Mop the Floor’ here.