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 […]

Festival of Colour tickets on sale this Friday

Estère returns to Wanaka with her show Into the Belly of Capricorn.  Our programme is out, our performers, speakers and artists are ready, and now it’s your turn. Tickets for the 2021 Festival of Colour arts and ideas festival go on sale this Friday, February 12 from 8:30am. There are three ways to book. ONLINE: […]


The Festival of Colour arts and ideas festival today revealed a packed week-long programme featuring an exciting mix of theatre, dance, music, visual arts and conversation to take place in April in Wānaka. Known as ‘the best little arts festival in New Zealand’, the Festival of Colour takes place from Monday 12 to Sunday 18 […]