With only two days left of the Festival, it’s time to get your final festival fix.

Yesterday the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, led by pianist Michael Houstoun brought Mozart to the fore in a superb concert enjoyed by a sold-out audience.

Aspiring Conversations continued with a fascinating talk on innovation, and two dynamic young thinkers talking about their vision for changing the world and Dr Karen Hitchcock talking about our treatment of the elderly.

Jamie Bowen continued his sell out season at the Wanaka Masonic Lodge with his heartfelt stand up comedy show ‘Heart Goes Boom, Head Goes Bang‘.

Later in the evening, Lady Rizo seduced Festival goers at the Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace singing a mix of her own songs and mash-ups of D’Angelo, Sonny and Cher and Leonard Cohen’s ‘Anthem’ interspersed with wit, banter and social/political commentary, finishing with her rousing anthem ‘Song of Freedom’. Lady Rizo performs again on Monday night, but we are sorry, it is completely sold out. Listen to ‘Song of Freedom’ here.

Tonight catch Julia Deans and Sean James Donnelly performing Sadness Songs. Drawing from a catalogue of the world’s greatest misery merchants, with a few new songs of their own (and there’s Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hey That’s No Way To Say Goodbye’ in there too), Julia and Sean will serve up melodies glum and glorious and harmonies of heartbreak and hurt. Hear Julia and Sean talking about Sadness Songs on RNZ National here

We’re not the only ones who loved Dangerous Song. Theatreview had this to say “an incredible performance. This is a song for the Planet, an interspecies choral work that speaks directly to the heart in a way that words cannot, and calls us to action. This is a show you don’t want to miss.” One more show to go at Luggate Hall – today 6pm.

Also opening tonight is Hudson and Halls Live! We’re looking forward to reliving the days of New Zealand’s trailblazing TV cooking personalities.

The popular Aspiring Conversations programme finishes today with two more sessions: at 1pm scientist Tim Naish and photographer Joe Michael talk about Antarctica – beautiful, but melting; while at 3pm former Prime Minister Jim Bolger joins historian Vincent O’Malley to discuss the Waikato War.

Performances Sunday:-

Please tell us what you think about the festival –  our online survey is open now and we really value your feedback on what you loved and what we can do better. Click here to enter. All entrants got into a draw to win 2 x pairs of tickets to a show of your choice in the 2019 Festival of Colour. And we have made the survey a little bit shorter this year too!