14 July 2022

The Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust, who are responsible for delivering the
biennial Festival Of Colour and it’s off-year ideas event Aspiring Conversations, is
pleased to announce that Milford Asset Management has been secured as both
events’ new naming rights sponsor. This partnership will be for the 2023, 2024 and
2025 events.

SLAFT’s Chairman, Alistair King says he is excited about building on the relationship
(previously Milford Asset Management had been a Gold Sponsor) as it allows the
Trust to expand on its achievement as the region’s premiere performing arts and
ideas festival.

“We have a highly successful history delivering high quality arts experiences to the
region, and after an all-New Zealand programme in 2021 due to the pandemic, the
Festival is excited to be welcoming back international shows to Wānaka and the
surrounding region in 2023. Milford Asset Management’s support allows us to
continue to grow and develop our Festivals, deliver amazing events, and provides
surety to the organisation. The Trustees are very pleased to be working with a
company with a strong history of many years of community support, particularly
around the Festival,” said Mr King.

Milford Asset Management’s Andrew MacKenzie says, “Being a part of the Festival
previously as Gold Sponsors and personally attending many events over the years, it
is exciting for us to increase our support and assist the Trust to deliver meaningful
and engaging arts experiences to our community.”

After the 2021 Festival Of Colour, long-term Festival Director Philip Tremewan stood
down from his role, and the Trust contracted Sophie Kelly as Artistic Director and
Charlie Unwin as Executive Director to deliver the next iteration of the event, which
will run from the 26th March to the 2nd April 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

L-R – SLAFT Chair Alistair King; Milford Asset Management’s Andrew MacKenzie; Sophie Kelly & Charlie Unwin