The 8th Count

The 8th Count dance troupe is from Upper Hutt in Wellington – 22 hardworking dancers ranging in age from nine to 16 years old. Their New Zealand tour  came about when, after two years of fundraising and hard work, they were unable to travel to perform in Disneyland and Hollywood last year. We’re excited to […]

United Dance Crew

The United Dance Crew are a group of differently abled kids, youth and adults. Included in M!NT Charitable Trust’s activity programme and a part of Dance Out Loud, these dancers work with three amazing young teachers: Millie Cranfield, Bella Robertson and Neve Stalker. The crew is the first of its kind in our region, enabling […]

Love Letters and Break-Up Notes

Katja Starke does a fine line in love letters and break-up notes – customised for you, and written with integrity, some groovy poetry and a sense of fun.

Big Data

When the answer to everything is at our fingertips, how much information is too much information? And who else has access to it? In Big Data, a specially-developed app whisks you on a journey around town to find where your social media data goes – and who is looking after it. Part treasure hunt, part […]

Rollicking Entertainment

Exciting, terrifying and genuinely funny, roll up and join this dastardly duo. Come laugh, gasp and cheer – the carnival is in town! Rollicking Entertainment are sideshow stunt specialists, circus artists and variety entertainers who produce and tour original work. They have performed at over 50 festivals across nine countries, and won a raft of […]

Insecurity Guards

Patrolling the streets of Wanaka, the Insecurity Guards are here to rid you of your pesky insecurities, helping you let loose without worry. ​Participants write down their insecurities on pieces of paper and deposit them in the high-tech Insecurity Safe (TM). All insecurities collected are private and not read by anyone. Then, the Insecurity Guards […]

Lockdown Laundry

Katja Starke comes to town with her trusty old portable typewriter to listen to your lockdown experiences and write them up to share with others. Come see Katja to air your lockdown laundry!

The Air Between Us

A dance between two people in mid-air. Critically-acclaimed choreographer Chloe Loftus and award-winning disabled artist Rodney Bell perform a captivating outdoor aerial duet mid-air between trees.  Chloe and Rodney – who performs in his wheelchair – explore our innate capacity to exist in harmony.  Circling each other like twin planets and pulled by each other’s […]

Windows over Wānaka

Michel Tuffery was a festival regular in our early years.  Now he returns, as Creative New Zealand’s Senior Pacific Artist, with a student project that will change the face of Helwick Street. Watch during festival week as his teams of local students transform shop windows up and down the street. Michel loves communicating through art […]

*Festival of Colour free opening!

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. […]