Dates set for the Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas

It’s almost a month since the 2021 Festival of Colour finished, and though we are still catching our breath, we are also looking forward.

We’ve set the dates for the 2022 Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas! This three-day event will take place from March 25 to 27, 2022 at Lake Wanaka Centre.

Keep an eye out for our programme launch, scheduled for Monday, January 31.

Help us make our festivals even better!

Action on the streets of Wanaka at the 2021 Festival of Colour. 

Have you filled in our survey? After each festival, we ask our community to fill in a survey telling us about their experience of the Festival of Colour.

This information is hugely important to us, because it helps us create events that you, our community, value and enjoy. For example, in 2019, you told us how much you loved our free street programme, so this year we presented our biggest programme of free street and community events ever. 

What would you like to see at the Festival of Colour in the future? Tell us now using this link:

Fake News on Radio New Zealand

Paddy Gower and Anna Fifield

Our Aspiring Conversations session on Fake News featured on Radio New Zealand’s Standing Room Only last weekend.

Lynn Freeman chaired the session, featuring Newshub’s Paddy Gower, Dominion Post editor Anna Fifield, and expat commentator Dr Mel Bunce, who wrote The Broken Estate: Journalism and Democracy in a Post-Truth World.

Listen to the broadcast here

Festival flashback: Silver Stone Wood Bone

Bridget Douglas and Alistair Fraser. 

Our festival audiences loved Silver Stone Wood Bone, featuring flautist Bridget Douglas with Alistair Fraser on taonga puoro.

For those who didn’t get to Silver Stone Wood Bone, and for those who did, here’s a chance to hear one of their pieces:

Watch Gillian Whitehead’s ‘Hineraukatauri’, performed by Bridget and Alistair

Arts and events in our region

Queenstown Gardens, Queenstown
Friday 4 June 2021 – Monday 7 June 2021 from 5:00pm

Immerse yourself in illuminated art in and around the Queenstown Gardens on Queen’s Birthday Weekend (June 4th – June 7th 2021). This is the fifth instalment of LUMA Southern Light Project, four evenings of entertainment, performance and illuminated art. Entry to LUMA21 will be via the purchase of a $5 wristband, this allows unlimited access to the entire site for the duration of LUMA. Free for 12 years and under. Tickets from

Just F**king Doing It
Edgewater Resort, Wanaka
Monday, June 6 @ 7.30pm

Emily Writes is back! We had amazing feedback on both Rants in the Dark and In Other Words at the Festival of Colour, and now Emily is returning to Wanaka with a new show, Just F**king Doing It.

Rebecca Keil and Emily Writes are exhausted mums who met years ago and have been mates ever since. This is their first tour together and they want to make the regions laugh and cry and feel amazing. If you’ve ever felt like parenting is the best and worst thing that you ever did? This night is for you. If you secretly suck up LEGO pieces by vacuum and tell your kids the park is closed when it’s raining – then this is the night for you. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Wanaka Pre-school. Tickets from ittcket HERE.

Lake Wanaka Centre
Monday 14 June @ 7:00pm

Grooves! is an electric mix of classical ballet, jazz in pointe shoes, and contemporary dance set to the Rock music you love. Performed by six of Aotearoa New Zealand’s best professional dancers Grooves! has everything from traditional tutus to sequins. Grooves! is designed to entertain and excite everyone. Tickets from Eventfinda.