Mel Bunce will join Anna Fifield and David Hall for our Breakfast with Papers Aspiring Conversations session.

New speaker announced for ‘Breakfast with Papers’ Aspiring Conversations session

The stars have aligned and international news media expert Mel Bunce is joining the line-up for Aspiring Conversations at the Festival of Colour.

Dr Bunce was scheduled to join us in 2020, but Covid got in the way, so we were thrilled to hear that she is back in Aotearoa this year.

Newly arrived from London, where she is based, Dr Bunce will complete her MIQ in time to head to Wānaka and join Dominion Post editor Anna Fifield and commentator David Hall for the ‘Breakfast with Papers’ session on Friday 16 April.

Dr Bunce is a former columnist for the Otago Daily Times and author of The Broken EstateJournalism and Democracy in a Post-truth world, and is a Reader in Journalism at City, University of London where she researches and teaches on the international news media. She holds a doctorate from Oxford University for her research on foreign correspondents and crisis reporting in Africa.

“I have been wanting to come home to visit my family for some months and the stars aligned with a MIQ space available, leave from my job at the university and now the opportunity to be part of the Festival of Colour.”

At ‘Breakfast with Papers’, the three panellists will discuss the news of the day and the big issues – coffee, pastries from Pembroke Patisserie and a copy of the day’s Otago Daily Times are included.

The session is one of seven Aspiring Conversations events taking place this year as part of the Festival of Colour .

Festival director Philip Tremewan says Dr Bunce is one of four returning New Zealanders who have been through the MIQ process to enable them to appear at the Festival of Colour.

“While we haven’t been able to bring in international acts this year, we are very pleased to have some Kiwis come home to be part of the festival.”

Book your tickets to ‘Breakfast with Papers’ now.

Watch a preview of the powerful dance work Meremere

Meremere is a powerful, engaging work from an exceptional dancer, Rodney Bell | Ngäti Maniapoto. It’s a survival story that focuses on Rodney’s time living rough on the streets of San Francisco.

Collaborating with award-winning company Movement of the Human, Meremere is a work of art where design, AV and lighting combine with story-telling, music, and dance.

A courageous response to an incredible series of life events, this is an inspirational performance with live music from the equally exceptional artist, Jol Mulholland.


Catch this powerful show in the Lake Wanaka Centre on Sunday 18 April.

Book your tickets to Meremere here.

And ‘Encounters with Rodney and Jol’ is a very special session happening in Bannockburn on Wednesday 14 April, dancer Rodney Bell and musician Jol Mulholland take the show apart – see them dance, hear their music, look at the gorgeous visuals and listen to the talk about how the work was created.

Book your tickets to Encounters with Rodney and Jol here.

POP UP TICKETING!Prefer your ticket sales in person? We’re popping up this Friday at Lake Wanaka Centre.

The Festival of Colour Box Office will be open in the foyer of the Lake Wanaka Centre this Friday April 2 from 10am to 12 noon.

Come on down and have a chat with our lovely Box Office staff (EFTPos or credit only, no cash sales).

You can also book you tickets in the usual ways:

ONLINE: The easiest way to book is online through the Buy Tickets tab on our website.

BY TELEPHONE: You can also phone us to book on 022 4 849 669. Leave a message if we don’t pick up, and we’ll call you back.

You’re invited: Michael Tuffery exhibition opening at Gallery 33

Michel Tuffery is a passionate educator and artist who is facilitating a student community art project for the Festival of Colour that will change the face of Helwick Street.

‘Windows Over Wanaka’ will see retail windows on both sides of the street transformed into one long captivating work of art.

Michel is also presenting an exhibition at Gallery 33 on Helwick Street.

‘Flora, Fauna, and the Art of Wellbeing’ included three bodies of work: the ‘Handle with Care’ series, the ‘Mana Moana’ series and his ‘Poly Font’ series.

Supporter’s corner: 

This week, we share a word from the fantastic teams at Crombie Lockwood and Aspiring Law.

Crombie Lockwood

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With specialist expertise and in-depth knowledge of the insurance market, a Crombie Lockwood broker can arrange the right type and level of insurance for your needs and budget.

As one of New Zealand’s largest insurance brokers, our size gives us an advantage when it comes to negotiating benefits and conditions on your behalf, yet we’re also locally focused and accessible with more than 25 local branches across the country including right here in Wanaka. And we’re proud to be involved in our local communities included as a local business sponsor of the Festival of Colour.

Talk to us today to get your insurance sorted 03 443 7321 or email

Aspiring Law

Our backing of the Festival of Colour is one of the most important in our Aspiring Law community relations programme.

Our team’s association with the festival has been a special and enduring one. As well as our sponsorship support, it’s been really rewarding to be a key part of the festival trust’s governance team along the way. Today, Aspiring Law Director Mike Toepfer is Deputy Chair.

All of us at Aspiring Law are passionate about art and culture. We believe the Festival of Colour is such a fantastic and important infusion for the wonderfully-kaleidoscopic and creative community that is the Upper Clutha.

Arts in our region

Vincent O’Sullivan talk: The Dark is Light Enough. Ralph Hotere. A Biographical Portrait
Cinema Paradiso, Brownston Street, Wanaka
Sunday 11th April @ 9.30 am 
Tuesday 13th April @ 9.30 am 

A wonderful talk coming up by the celebrated author and scholar, Vincent O’Sullivan. Vincent discusses his latest book The Dark is Light EnoughRalph Hotere – A Biographical Portrait. The Hotere talk will be illustrated with magnificent digital images from Ron Sang Publications and by the kind permission of the Hotere Foundation Trust.

The presentation will be held twice during festival week, on Sunday 11th April and again on Tuesday 13th April. This will be a very special occasion so make sure you book your tickets promptly:, by calling The Next Chapter during shop hours on 021 0904 6330, or in person at the bookshop.

The talk will be in Cinema One at Cinema Paradiso and will commence promptly at 10am on both days. Come along at 9.30am to enjoy a coffee and a scone prior to the event.

Vincent will be introduced by his friend, the artist Grahame Sydney. Tickets are $20, and profits go to local charity MINT who do a great job supporting differently abled children in our community.

The organisers are very grateful to all the people who have worked so hard to make this special event happen: Prue Wallis,The Hotere Foundation Trust, Ron Sang Publications, Vincent O’Sullivan and Penguin Random House.