Wow! What a bumper week of ticket sales – thanks to everyone for supporting the seventh Festival of Colour. Record ticket sales resulted in extra performances being added for three shows – new local play No Science to Goodbye at Rippon Hall in Wanaka, award-winning British play Every Brilliant Thing, and comedian Jamie Bowen’s Heart Goes Boom / Head Goes Bang.
We’ve already sold almost 8000 tickets for the festival, but there are still another 3900 tickets available for a range of shows including headline acts – Lady Rizo and Hudson & Halls Live! There are also some special gems to be discovered such as Festival director Philip Tremewan’s personal favourites Dangerous Song, Portraits in Motion and Tell Me My Name.

Australian composer and musician Linsey Pollak is well-known to festival audiences for his engaging quirky shows for children, but this year he’s joined by vocalist Lizzie O’Keefe for Dangerous Song a musical performance melding the human voice with the sounds of endangered and extinct animals including the humpback whale and New Zealand’s kokako. Click here for more information and dates.
Intrepid traveller Volker Gerling walked 3500km through Germany inviting people to visit his travelling Flipbook ‘thumb cinema’ exhibition and creating flipbook portraits of people he met along the way. His award-winning stage show Portraits in Motion is described as “artistic miniatures full of life and emotion” – the photographs come to life on screen while Gerling shares the heart-warming and moving stories behind each encounter.
“Reacting to the camera in action, people shift and move and abandon the poses they first assumed when they knew they were going to be photographed. What they show is true and real. These moments are the essence of my work.” Click here for more information and dates.

New Zealand poet Bill Manhire’s song and music performance Tell Me My Name features riddles, some original, some from a thousand years in the past, presented as songs. Ranging from meditative ballad to joyful stomp, sung by Hannah Griffin with Martin Riseley (violin) and Norman Meehan (piano).  Director Sara Brodie gives audiences the chance to read the answers beforehand or to guess for themselves. Click here for more information and dates. Audiences may remember the last show featuring Hannah, Bill and Norman from the 2013 Festival – Poetry & Song, which was among one of the most popular shows of that festival.

A word from our sponsors
Good Rotations is proud to sponsor and provide pedal power for the Festival of Colour. Everybody knows bicycles are the best way to get around our little town and take in this wonderful festival. We are your local specialist for electric & urban bicycles, bikepacking & bike-touring bikes and gear.

As one of New Zealand’s last surviving independently and privately owned radio stations, Radio Wanaka continues to admire & support one of the country’s best independently run and operated ‘little’ arts festivals. Wanaka’s Festival of Colour gets better and better with every year it runs. It continues to punch well above its weight and every two years has become a highlight on the New Zealand arts calendar. Radio Wanaka’s on-going support is a given.

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