Dust off the glad rags and get in the party mood the week before the Festival starts with our glitzy fundraising cocktail party which will feature an auction of a variety of sought-after items as it kicks off Festival celebrations on Monday 27 March.

It’s the first time we have held our own fundraising event and we hope that as many of our supporters and festival go-ers as possible will attend, especially as the money raised will go towards commissioning a new work to be premiered at the 2019 Festival of Colour.

“The Celebration of the Arts cocktail party is about getting together for a glam night out and having a party before the Festival of Colour begins, but at the same time raising funds to commission a unique piece of work that can premiere for New Zealand in Wanaka,” said Hetty Van Hale our Co-Chair. “Enabling a new commission helps put Wanaka on the map and creates Wanaka pride, because we are creating something unique for New Zealand.”

We hope to raise about $20,000 at the function and we don’t know what type of work it will be yet but it’s likely to be a production that involves the local community. It could be a piece of theatre, some kind of musical commission, or a video installation. We can guarantee it will be something unique.

The cocktail party will be held at the Lake Wanaka Centre on Monday, March 27, from 5.30pm. Tickets – limited to 200 – are $45 and available here. You can book a table of 8 by phoning 022 4 849 669

More than 50 auction items include: An electric bike from the Bike Lounge (valued at $3700), an original oil painting by Auckland artist Richard Adams (valued at $2800), a collectible Höglund glass vase ($1500 retail), artworks by Michel Tuffery, Flox and Wanaka’s own Melissa Sharplin, jewellery from Gallery 33, wine from Quartz Reef, Mt Difficulty, Two Paddocks, and Two Degrees, Alpine Helicopters gourmet picnic, Wanaka River Journeys jet boat trips, cruises to Stevenson’s Arm with Lake Wanaka Cruises, plus many others.

Sing It To My Face

The directors of our community singing performance need input from the local community to create the Wanaka based script.  So please take a few minutes of your time and complete the survey relevant for your age group.  Your comments and answers will help to shape the Wanaka based show. Thanks.
Under 30s survey – click here
30 – 60 years survey – click here
60+ survey – click here

And if anyone, of any age, is still interested in taking part then please contact Sam on singittomyface@gmail.com. No experience necessary and all welcome. However you do need to be able to commit to daily rehearsals from March 28th. Contact Sam for more information.

A word from our sponsors

Best known for some of the oldest vineyard sites in the unique microclimate of the Bannockburn area in Central Otago. Our wines are a reflection of place and Mt Difficulty proudly supports the 2017 Festival of Colour, the third festival we’ve supported, bringing ‘unforgettable experiences to the whole region.’ Visit us at our Cellar Door in Bannockburn.

Allenby Farms Ltd is delighted to be given the opportunity to sponsor the 2017 Festival of Colour. Allenby Farms Ltd is a locally based farming and property development company proudly supporting the Upper Clutha Community for the past 50 years.  Wishing the 2017 Festival of Colour every success.