Street Theatre

9.30am: 3 Speed Crunch Box – extraordinary Aussie acrobats bring their circus skills to this performance out in front of Big Fig. 10am & 11am: Live:Stream – a site-specific dance piece celebrating the connection between our own rhythm and flow, and that of a living stream. Dancers from Dance Wanaka @ the lawn by Speight’s […]

Ngā Tae o te whenua – Colours of the Land

Ngā Tae o te whenua – Colours of the land is a dance film made in collaboration with dancers and musicians who are currently pupils at Mount Aspiring College. The choreography was created by improvising in various locations in Wanaka and the music was composed by music students who were also inspired by the textures, […]

Festival Opening: Flaming Arts – bonfires on the lakefront

Three bonfires will be set alight on the beach for our festival opening as darkness gathers. Come join us around the blazing fires for story-telling, for singing, and listening to some fine festival musicians. We’ll launch with a special Ngai Tahu night-time haka after which we invite you to roam and visit the artists featured […]

Street Theatre: Country Life starring Fraser Hooper

Take one award winning clown, sprinkle on some magic, add some eccentric dancing, a water skiing cow and a large rubber duck and you have the perfect recipe for guaranteed giggles. Fresh from the worldwide success of his Boxing show, Fraser Hooper ventures into the great outdoors with another glorious concoction of ridiculous routines. Fraser […]

The Song Dispensary

Your trusted partner for your medical-musical needs! The pop-up Song Dispensary will open its Wanaka doors on Tuesday 4 April in the Armstrong Room at the Lake Wanaka Centre – access from the doors at the back overlooking Bullock Creek. It’s just like going to a chemist’s, except they don’t dispense medicine, they dispense music. […]


Come and see this gorgeous new video work on the large outdoor screen on the deck of the Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace next to the Wanaka Hotel. For video artist Louise Potiki Bryant (Ngai Tahu) a sense of place is incredibly important, so the Festival commissioned her to base a new work on Lake […]