Join us for our festival opening!
The 2021 Festival of Colour officially kicks off at 5pm on Sunday April 11.

Come along to the Lake Wānaka Centre outdoor stage for our festival welcome. You’ll see a short live performance by Louise Potiki Bryant, Ariana Tikao and Paddy Free which will introduce you to their stunning video works Te Taki o te Ua / The Sound of Rain, screening in the Lake Wanaka Centre foyer throughout the festival.

You will also meet a number of artists and performers, and we’ll be launching the outdoor exhibition Though the Eye of the Lens.

This will  be followed by ‘Us’, a movement event that will see our community come together and travel as one to the shores of Lake Wānaka.

‘US’ – A Mass Movement Event

Brought to you by choreographer Chloe Loftus, ‘Us’ is a processional mass movement event that sees Wānaka take to the streets. A long line of community in unison, weaving through the town towards the lake, this event is a celebration of the unique heart and soul of this town: its people.

Drawing inspiration from Pina Bausch’s ‘lines’, this serene and symbolic mass movement happening is a reminder of the power of community. ‘Us’ brings a joyful sense of connection, to each other and this town.

Call out for participants:

We’re looking for participants to take part in ‘US’, a mass movement performance for the Festival of Colour’s opening event.

Amateurs and professionals, experts and the curious – all are welcome to learn this simple short gestural choreography and be a part of this magical community event.

We only require that you are 14 years of age or older, and are available on the afternoon of SUNDAY 11th APRIL.

For more information, and to register, click here.

Festival focus: kids and youth

The Festival of Colour is for all ages, and the 2021 Festival of Colour has a lot to offer to little lovers of the arts.

For babies and toddlers, we have two shows made especially for under-fives.

Up and Away weaves elements of theatre, play and live music in a purpose-crafted tent, for a small number of attendees. The result is a unique theatrical experience to treasure, specifically made for babies that are not yet walking.

In Me and My Nana, joyful surprises are discovered alongside tender moments between a grandmother and her grandchild as they navigate a day together in this theatrical experience made especially for preschoolers and their grownups.

For older children, Trick of the Light Theatre Company (The BookbinderThe Road That Wasn’t There) return with two works to be performed at Hawea Flat Hall – Tröll (recommended age 10+) and The Griegol (recommended age 7+), featuring the company’s trademark puppetry, storytelling and darkly delicious fantasy.

We also have out biggest programme ever of free street and community events scheduled for Saturday April 17, including music, circus, street art and a Romeo and Juliet-style story that takes place in the Wānaka Skate Park!

Watch out for our detailed street and community programme, out soon on our website, and our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), or look for the posters around town.

Finally, parents will love Rants in the Dark, a stage version of Emily Writes’ best-selling book. Her heartfelt and hilarious writing explores her parenting experience, offering comfort and connection to other exhausted parents all over the world.

Honest, authentic and laugh-out-loud funny, the play is full of the things that every parent thinks at 4 o’clock in the morning, but would rarely be brave enough to say out loud.

Staff picks: Event Manager Anna McConville

Rants in the Dark

“As a Mum to a nine-month old boy and three-year-old girl, I’m looking forward to giggling over these ‘rants’ with a few friends and a glass of wine.”

The Artist 

“I loved The Pianist [Festival of Colour, 2017], and this looks like the perfect mix of theatre and general nonsense for a laid-back weekend show.”

How to book your Festival of Colour tickets

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

BY TELEPHONE: You can also phone us to book on 022 4 849 669. Leave a message if we don’t pick up, and we’ll call you back.

Sponsors corner: A message from Forsyth Barr 

This week, we share a word from the fantastic team at Forsyth Barr. 

Forsyth Barr
 is proud to sponsor the Festival of Colour ‘Found in Translation’ performance this year.

Since 1936 New Zealanders have put their trust in our ability to help them grow and manage their wealth. We proudly remain a New Zealand and staff-owned business with 22 offices across the country, employing over 350 people and managing or advising on $20bn of clients’ investments.

Forsyth Barr offers a full range of investment and wealth management services including portfolio management, investment advice, sharebroking, research, investment banking, cash management, investment funds and Summer KiwiSaver. We have a world-class team of Investment Advisers providing professional, personalised and confidential investment advice supported by award-winning local and global research.

Through our 22 offices, including Wānaka, Queenstown and Dunedin, we have the opportunity to contribute in meaningful ways to the communities we serve. Our support of the Festival of Colour – the flagship arts event for the region – is a great example of this.

To find out more about our investment services go to or call us on 0800 367 227.


Arts and events in our region
Neighbours Day Aotearoa

Community connection centre LINK Upper Clutha is hosting four free events in four days this week to celebrate Neighbours Day Aotearoa. This annual national initiative encourages community building by celebrating the connection that happens across the fence or along the street. This year’s celebrations include events that will appeal to all; young and old, families and flatmates, including a workshop with Dr Compost on Thursday, and a Friday night screening of the classic movie ‘Forrest Gump’ at Cinema Paradiso.

For more information and to register for a space, visit or call 443 7799.

Wheels at Wanaka
Sir Tim Wallis Drive, Wanaka
Friday 2 April 2021 – Sunday 4 April 2021

Wheels at Wanaka combines individual vehicle shows including team and stationary engines, tractors and farming heritage, cars, motorcycles and trucks, vintage, classics and exotics, earthmovers and heavy machinery. With over 50 acres of entertainment, outputting tonnes of horsepower, tractor dancing and pulling, 4WD, motor bike and rally car displays and earthmoving pit extravaganza and a full-on parade ground programme.

International Virtuoso Violinist Natalia Lomeiko
Lake Wanaka Centre
Monday 5 April @ 7:30pm

Born into a family of musicians in Novosibirsk, Russia, Natalia has already established herself internationally as a versatile performing artist. Having won numerous prizes in Tibor Varga, Tchaikovsky, Menuhin and Stradivari International Violin competitions; in the year 2000 she received the Gold Medal and the 1st Prize in the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition (Genoa, Italy) and the 1st prize in the Michael Hill International Violin Competition (Auckland, New Zealand) in 2003.