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 […]

It’s a wrap! Thank you from the 2019 Festival of Colour

The 2019 Festival of Colour is done, and the two words we find ourselves saying over and over again are “thank you”. Thank you to our audiences for their infectious enthusiasm; thank you to our supporters, our sponsors, patrons and benefactors, who make it possible for us to put on a world class festival in […]

Final Festival Shows

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Rolls Into Town The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra rolled into town today with 40 musicians for two concerts – tonight and tomorrow. Tonight’s concert is sold out, but tickets are still available for the final Festival show tomorrow at 11.30am. And at tonight’s performance will be a very special concertgoer […]

Halfway Through Festival But Plenty Still To Come

Images: Ray Tiddy Photography The Māori Sidesteps entertained us all last night at the Pacific Crystal Palace while across town at the Wanaka Yacht Club, the Mount Aspiring College students in Permission to Speak are expressing their thoughts on body image, gender equality and what feminism means to teenagers. Today is the halfway point of the Festival […]