Crime After Crime

Click Here For Tickets Join three of the world’s finest crime writers as they swing into Wānaka for one night only. Local writer Laura Williamson will be chairing this special session. Expect a criminally good night! What does it take to be considered crime-writing royalty? Val McDermid knows. With over 18 million copies of her […]

July 2022 Newsletter

              Winter scene from the Festival team looking towards Lake Hāwea and Isthmus Peak on our first snow day for the year. Kia ora Festival Whānau, Manawatia a Matariki! Here we are in the middle of winter, and what a winter so far. Our greatest performer at large, mother […]

Milford Asset Management Secure Naming Rights Sponsorship

14 July 2022 The Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust, who are responsible for delivering the biennial Festival Of Colour and it’s off-year ideas event Aspiring Conversations, is pleased to announce that Milford Asset Management has been secured as both events’ new naming rights sponsor. This partnership will be for the 2023, 2024 and 2025 events. […]

Job Listing: Publicist for the Festival of Colour 2023

The Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust is seeking to fulfil the role of publicist for the 2023 Festival of Colour. This role is responsible for gaining maximum media coverage for the lead in and duration of the Festival. Key responsibilities / Kā takohaka: developing and implementing a communications plan for the Festival, and communications and media support […]

May Newsletter 2022

Autumn at the Outlet via Kia ora Festival Whānau, Welcome to our May newsletter. We hope this finds you well as the days are shorter, noticeably cooler and colourful autumnal trees abound. If Covid-19 hadn’t thwarted our Aspiring Conversations Festival this year, we would currently be in post-Festival phase, however, we have had the […]

Plans for Performing Arts Centre in Wānaka

Tēna Koutou Festival whānau, We’re sure you’re aware of the plans to build our very own performing arts centre in Wānaka – a centre that would be a tremendous boon for both the Festival and our community as a whole. The Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust fully supports the project. So, why are we reaching […]

Job listing: Festival Of Colour – Operations Manager (Wānaka based)

The Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust is seeking Expressions of Interest for a fixed term position working on 2023’s Festival of Colour in Wānaka. We are seeking applications from individuals to form part of our Festival leadership team and be involved in delivery of the following, amongst other areas: Grants, sponsorship, and Patron and Benefactor […]

Thank you for your support as Aspiring Conversations is cancelled

Cancelling Aspiring Conversations 2022 It is with heavy hearts that due to the current Red Light setting and the presence of the Omicron version of Covid in the community, the Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust has decided to cancel the 2022 Aspiring Conversations. As you may know, festivals and events are restricted to audiences of […]

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 […]