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 […]

We’re launching a festival!

Rehearsals are under way for a festival premiere! We’re getting ready to launch a festival! The 2021 Festival of Colour programme has gone to print, and we’ll be sharing it with our stakeholders at our launch event on Monday evening next week. Directly afterwards it goes out to the world – check out our website from […]

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 […]