Countdown to the Aspiring Conversations launch

Only a few days to go!  Farah Palmer and Rosara Joseph The 2022 Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas is going to be full of discussion about all the things that make our world tick including some of today’s most pressing issues. Aspiring Conversations Programmer Philip Tremewan says the weekend promises to be informative, and inspiring, […]

Announcing the first speakers for Aspiring Conversations 2022

An early seasonal treat – announcing the first speakers for Aspiring Conversations 2022 We are excited to be able to announce our first two speakers for the 2022 Aspiring Conversations ideas festival (March 25-27, 2022). Our ‘Wāhine Toa – Sports Women’ session will feature Farah Palmer, former Black Ferns captain, three-time Rugby World Cup winner […]

Farewells and welcomes for the Festival team

Thank you to Laura Williamson, the Festival’s outgoing General Manager Laura Williamson The 2021 Festival of Colour marked the end of Laura Williamson’s time as our General Manager. We were sad to see her go and want to acknowledge her dedication and efforts in developing the festival and its audiences over the past five years. […]

Getting ready for Aspiring Conversations and introducing the new boss!

A warm welcome to our new Executive Director The Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Charlie Unwin as Executive Director of the Festival of Colour and Aspiring Conversations. This is a new position that replaces the General Manager role previously held by Laura Williamson. Charlie grew up playing in […]

Looking back and looking forward, dates set for the 2022 Aspiring Conversations

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, […]

New speaker announced for Aspiring Conversations, pop-up ticketing, and more!

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 […]

Festival of Colour opening event and theatre for kids

Join us for our festival opening!   The 2021 Festival of Colour officially kicks off at 5pm on Sunday April 11. Come along to the Lake Wānaka Centre outdoor stage for our festival welcome. You’ll see a short live performance by Louise Potiki Bryant, Ariana Tikao and Paddy Free which will introduce you to their stunning […]

More tickets available for The Hall, plus more Festival of Colour news

More tickets now available for The Hall in Wanaka Our biggest seller this year is The Hall, the world premiere of a small-town family story brought to us from playwright Ro Bright and director Kitan Petkovski, the team behind the multi-award-winning Kiwi heartbreaker Daffodils. We’ve done some venue reconfiguring, and now have more tickets available for this fantastic […]

Wanaka locals’ choices and Festival of Colour staff picks

Tickets for our 2021 festival went on sale last week, and we’ve had a great response – thanks to everyone for supporting the ninth Festival of Colour! Sales are strong across the board, but the good news is we have seats left for almost every show in our programme. There’s still time to get in and […]

Festival of Colour 2021 tickets on sale now

Bridget Douglas and Alistair Fraser will perform Silver Stone Wood Bone at the 2021 Festival of Colour.  Tickets for the 2021 Festival of Colour arts and ideas festival are on sale now!   Thanks to you, our ticketing team has had a busy day! But we still have tickets available for almost every show, so there […]