Images: Ray Tiddy Photography

The Māori Sidesteps entertained us all last night at the Pacific Crystal Palace while across town at the Wanaka Yacht Club, the Mount Aspiring College students in Permission to Speak are expressing their thoughts on body image, gender equality and what feminism means to teenagers.

Today is the halfway point of the Festival of Colour, but there are still plenty of shows to come with the mainstage dance programme starting tonight with The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Strength & Grace. And The New Zealand Dance Company arrives in town over the coming days ahead of their performances this weekend.

The Otago Daily Times reviewed The Road That Wasn’t There and Songs of Travel. Read the full review here

Locals Coming Home to Perform

Growing up in Wanaka, Phoebe James, Connor Moore and Martine Harding all return home this week to perform for one special night only tomorrow.

Don’t miss this trio of homegrown talent back where it all began.

Friday 5 April 6pm
Pacific Crystal Palace

Hawea Flat Hall Shows

Coming to Hawea Flat Hall for The Road The Wasn’t There or Bruce and not sure where to go?

We’ve had a few people getting lost while on the way to shows at Hawea Flat Hall and we don’t want you missing the show! Hawea Flat Hall is located on the corner of Kane and Camphill roads – if you’re using Google Maps to find the venue, search for Hawea Flat School and Hawea Flat Hall is just across the road.

Remember, as per our ticketing terms and conditions, you need to be through the door and seated for the start time, as latecomers cannot be admitted to some performances.


A quick guide to what’s on TODAY & TOMORROW. Book online / Door Sales available for most shows.

10am-5pm Wai Water Wanaka Lake Wanaka Centre FREE
6pm The Road That Wasn’t There Hawea Flat Hall FINAL PERFORMANCE
6pm & 9pm
 Royal New Zealand Ballet: Strength & Grace Lake Wanaka Centre TONIGHT ONLY
 Permission to Speak Wanaka Yacht Club
 My Best Dead Friend Rippon Hall SOLD OUT – NO DOOR SALES
8.30pm Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra Pacific Crystal Palace SOLD OUT

10am-5pm Wai Water Wanaka Lake Wanaka Centre FREE
10.30am Aspiring Conversations: Crux Local Democracy Project Launch & Talk Pacific Crystal Palace FREE
Aspiring Conversations: Failing Public Health – Prof David Skegg Pacific Crystal Palace
 Bruce Hawea Flat Hall OPENING NIGHT
6pm & 9pm
 Still Life with Chickens Lake Wanaka Centre ONLY PERFORMANCES
 The Locals – Connor Moore, Phoebe James & Martine Harding Pacific Crystal Palace
 Permission to Speak Wanaka Yacht Club
8.30pm Nadia Reid Pacific Crystal Palace

Finn Andrews Performing at Festival of Colour This Weekend

Finn Andrews heads to the Festival of Colour this weekend performing two concerts as part of his tour marking the launch of his debut solo album ‘One Piece At A Time’.

The Veils frontman recorded the album live, including vocals, with the entire band in the same room. Both concerts feature full band and strings with Reb Fountain as support act.Listen to the single ‘Shot Through The Heart’ here and an interview with Finn on RNZ National here where he talks about each track on the album.

Saturday 6 April 8.30pm
Pacific Crystal Palace

Sunday 7 April 9.30pm
Sherwood Queenstown


Grab a Bite From Beanie

Beanie Café has cold drinks and snacks available in the Pacific Crystal Palace for our daytime sessions – Palace doors open an hour before the show, so come on down for a bite. Festivalgoers also get a 10% discount on coffees at Beanie Cafe (next door to the Palace) when you present your festival tickets – get a takeaway coffee to bring into the Palace during the show.