Booking Information

Book online via the BUY TICKETS button, top right corner of this page :

For all ticketing queries please email or phone 022 484 9669.

Priority bookings

Benefactors, Patrons and Sponsors can book online from 7pm on Monday 29th January to 5pm Thursday 1st February.

General ticket sales start from 8.30am Friday 2nd February.

The Festival Box Office in the Lake Wānaka Centre will be open on Friday 2nd February from 8.30 am to 2pm, for cash and eftpos sales. Then daily from from 9am Tuesday 2nd April through to the end of the Festival for any remaining sales.

The Aspiring Pass gives you access to an allocated seat in the seating block for all events excluding the following sessions, Dirty Passports, Modern Chinese, Tower of Song and Helios.

The pass is $225 and can be booked online or by phone. There are a limited number available. The pass is non-transferable and needs to be shown at the door for all events. Your seat is guaranteed, but please do arrive 10 minutes early to access it easily - let us know if you don't require your seat so we can accommodate others.

Tickets to individual sessions are general admission seating in the flat floor, mezzanine and tiered block of the Lake Wānaka Centre auditorium where available. All other venues are general admission.

Student tickets require a valid Student Identification Card on entry to the session. View full booking conditions online.

Door Sales

Door sale allocations are available for shows not already sold out; these tickets will be on sale at the venue 30 minutes prior to sessions/performances.

Booking Terms and Conditions—IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust and Aspiring Conversations reserves the right to alter without notice the advertised schedule of artists, performances or programmes. Tickets are subject to availability and issued according to the best available.

Tickets are non-transferable between performances.

Ticket prices include GST. A $1.50 ticket booking/service fee and 3% processing fee applies to all ticket purchases.

Your tickets will be emailed to you to download to your mobile device for scanning at the venue.

Performances at the Lake Wānaka Centre are allocated seating. All other performances are general admission.

The use of mobile telephones or other similar devices is not permitted during shows. The use of cameras or other recording devices is strictly prohibited.

We reserve the right to admit latecomers only at a suitable point in the performance.

If a show is cancelled, the ticket price will be refunded. Transaction fees are non-refundable.

View full booking terms and conditions online.

Ticket Exchange

While we do not offer refunds, if you find you are unable to attend a show, we have a ticket exchange board for buying and selling tickets situated in the Lake Wānaka Centre from 2 April. Please note Aspiring Conversations is not responsible for any exchanges made between third parties.

Privacy, respect and disruption

We take privacy and respect for others very seriously. With the exception of our festival team, the use of recording devices including mobile telephones, cameras, microphones and digital dictaphones is strictly prohibited at all Aspiring Conversations venues during shows. This restriction also applies at our venues (including outside) both before and after shows. Anyone breaking this rule may be asked to leave immediately. 

Only media representatives or journalists who have been pre-accredited for each event, and Aspiring Conversations team, may record or film the event, or conduct interviews on event premises. Accreditation will be in writing and will be confirmed via email from one of the festival directors.

The Festival is committed to providing a safe space for everyone. We have a zero tolerance for bullying and discriminatory behaviours.

Anyone who tries to disrupt our event, for whatever reason, will also be asked to leave. Whilst we encourage open and respectful dialogue, attempts to interrupt speakers, disrupt the event or to silence or intimidate others will not be tolerated.

If someone is removed from any of our events, further festival tickets will be forfeited with no eligibility for refund.

Health & Safety

The festival is required to comply with the latest Government health advice at the time of the event.

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our community first and foremost. If a guest speaker gets sick and can no longer travel or participate, events may be postponed or cancelled. We will offer exchanges or refunds to our ticket holders in this instance.