Three weeks until the 2021 Festival of Colour programme launch!

Sophie Kelly. PHOTO: Tim Cuff. Welcoming Sophie Kelly as the Artistic Director for the 2023 Festival of Colour   A happy New Year to you, from us, the Festival of Colour team! With the new year comes a new team member at our organisation. We are delighted to welcome Sophie Kelly to the role of […]

Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust – NOTICE of AGM The Annual General Meeting of the Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust will be held on Tuesday 6 October at 12 noon at the Wanaka Hotel, 71 Ardmore St. All welcome to attend, please join us. Copies of the Annual Report and financial reports will be available […]

From Scratch in one week!     We’re so excited to be bringing New Zealand music innovators From Scratch to Lake Wanaka Centre on Thursday September 10. The group is famous for their invented instruments (including their iconic PVC pipe percussion) and home-grown rhythmic style, as well as their engagement with the sounds and rhythms […]

Moving forward, together – June 2020 newsletter

Like many of you, we are back in our office, Level 1 style, and enjoying mingling with our fellow humans again. We’re proud of New Zealanders for our incredible effort in bringing COVID under control in our country, and proud of our community as we see the streets of Wanaka come back to life. We’ve […]

Words, music and takeaway coffee

Words, music and takeaway coffee: Festival of Colour May newsletter Wishing you a happy first week of Level 3 from the team at the Festival of Colour and Aspiring Conversations. We hope you are enjoying moving down a level, and the chance to support our local businesses by picking up a coffee, or a takeaway […]

“Beautiful” and “outrageously original” theatre show coming to Wanaka

  Have you got your tickets for Mr Red Light? Seats are selling fast for this hilarious and heart-warming show, heading our way October 19 following a hugely successful Auckland season. There were standing ovations, and Jeremy Corbett from The Project NZ (TV3) even visited the set. Here are a few words from the reviewers: […]

What’s coming up? Music, theatre and food for thought.

The Kugels are coming – here’s your chance to bring two friends for free In just over a week we will welcome New Zealand’s best klezmer band, The Kugels, to the Hawea Flat Hall for a one-off show. The band features three former members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, as well as top New […]

Conversations and Klezmer: Festival of Colour July news

Winter is here in Wanaka and we’re keeping warm by starting work on the 2020 Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas. We already have two high-profile speakers booked as well as a group of fantastic musicians. Next year’s “time for thinking” will take place from Friday evening April 3 to Sunday afternoon April 5 – save […]