The Festival of Colour is the flagship arts event for the region. With eight successful festivals under our belt, we are still fresh and stylish and punch well above our weight.  We have established our track record with sell-out seasons of music, theatre and dance performances and deservedly known as the ‘best little arts festival in New Zealand’.

2021 – Festival number NINE!

We always aim for a programme that is rich and diverse – with something to excite, engage and entertain our audiences. The next Festival of Colour will take place April 12 – 18, 2021. The Festival of Colour and Aspiring Conversations are organised by the Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust, registered Charitable Trust CC27353.

The Festival Team

Prue Wallis (Patron) The late Fiona Rowley (Patron Settlor)


Alistair King (Chair) Mike Toepfer (Deputy Chair) Penny Deans Jo McGregor Fiona McPhee Trevor Crawford Annis Somerville Nicola King Mark Verbiest Annabel Wilson 

Trust Advisors

Dennis Schwarz (Technical) 


Philip Tremewan – Festival Director Laura Williamson – General Manager Anna McConville and Sarah Fox – Event Managers Katy Macpherson – Ticketing Manager