Today’s a big day for local creatives with three Southern Lakes shows opening …  with two of the shows featuring our schools co-ordinator Laura Williamson!

A mountain-biking enthusiast, Laura joins former champion mountain biker Scarlett Hagen in the Aspiring Conversations session On Your Bike at midday to discuss cycling and mountain biking.

Then tonight at 5pm, she and collaborators Angela Mote, Dominic Stayne (bass), Jeff Sinnott (drums), singer Karen Hattaway and Graeme Perkins (piano) perform The Blue Moments Project – a show ranging through jazz, blues and spoken word exploring identity and home.

Today also marks the world premiere of Annabel Wilson’s No Science to Goodbye with a performance at Glenorchy Hall ahead of two shows at Rippon Hall at the weekend. Tickets are still available for tonight’s Glenorchy performance.

Also opening today is Dangerous Song – musician Linsey Pollak and singer Lizzie O’Keefe combine human voice and the sounds of extinct and endangered animals to create an intriguing musical performance telling the story of Planet Earth. Featuring at Luggate Hall with two shows today and two shows over the weekend.

How To Keep An Alien had its final performance last night and a special person was in the audience – Sonya Kelly’s partner Kate’s sister Bridget.

The music programme continued last night with a jam-packed Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace for Tami Neilson – Songs for Singers, and over at Gin and Raspberry was Princessin Hans. Tonight Tami Neilson performs with her band and Paddy Free plays for late night audiences at Gin and Raspberry.

The glowing feedback for Every Brilliant Thing continues. We’re aware this play may have raised issues for some people and if you feel you need to seek support, please call one of the following helplines:

Lifeline 0800 543 354

Youthline 0800 37 66 33

Tautoko Suicide crisis support line 0508 828 865


A word from our sponsors

Milford are a New Zealand owned and operated boutique investment firm now with a local office in the Spencer Mall Wanaka.

We have been a proud sponsor of the Festival of Colour for several years. We are delighted again this year to help bring a world of inspirational local and international arts to Wanaka and the Southern Lakes.

Quartz Reef Wines create world class Sparkling, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from our organic and biodynamic vineyard right here in Bendigo, Central Otago.  We proudly support the Festival of Colour and invite you to meet us at our winery to taste through our current vintages or visit us online.  Cellar Door Hours 12 – 4pm Mon-Fri 6 Hughes Cres, Cromwell.  Ph. 03 445 3084 for a private booking or