Plans are forging ahead for Aspiring Conversations 2016 and with more speakers confirmed, the line up is starting to look very impressive. Remember that we have moved it to our regular Autumn time slot – diary those dates of April 22 – 24.
As previously mentioned we are delighted to have Milford Asset Management as our naming rights sponsor, and McKinsey & Co as our knowledge partner. We have also had confirmed support from Central Lakes Trust, one of our cornerstone partners, and also Lion Foundation. And also sponsorship from Infinity Investment Group, Lake Wanaka Tourism and Aspiring Wealth Management. Many thanks for your support. And we also have a number of Benefactor Plus and Patron Plus that support both the Festival of Colour and Aspiring Conversations. A full list can be seen on our website .
Save the date
For all Sponsors, Patrons and Benefactors do keep December 1st free. Invitations will be sent out in the next fortnight for a special function to thank you for your support and to announce some additional ways in which people can help to bring the best of the arts to the region. If, like us, you think that the arts, and lively debate and discussion enrich your life, bring life and colour to the region and make it a better place to live, then you will be interested to find out about these new initiatives.
In the meantime if you have been a patron or benefactor and haven’t renewed your support then we would be most grateful if you could let us know if you do intend to continue supporting the festival in this way. Contact Lindsey today.

AGM Tuesday 20 October
All are welcome to join us in the Armstrong Room at the Lake Wanaka Centre on Tuesday 20 October at 12 noon for the Annual General Meeting of the Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust. Copies of the annual report will be available at the meeting. Apologies can be emailed to Lindsey.
What’s On
Joe Bennett – the King Rich book launch. Award winning author and columnist Joe Bennett is launching his new novel ‘King Rich’ at Edgewater on Thursday 22 October 6pm.
‘King Rich’ is a love story of sorts, set in Christchurch in the days following the February 2011 earthquake. It is Joe’s first novel. Tickets are $25 from Paperplus Wanaka and include a light dinner. A donation from the evening will be made to St John Ambulance. Joe has spoken twice at Aspiring Conversations and always win his audiences with his humour and his humanity.
Eb & Sparrow return to Wanaka on Sunday October 25 at Lot 3 with a family friendly gig at 5pm. Eb & Sparrow were a great hit with a late night show in the last festival. They have carved out a niche, creating a soundscape that is at once spacious and lush, nuanced alt-country music that swings out into folk, soul, and rockabilly. Ebony’s voice slides along the edges of Cat Power and Gillian Welch, and with a captivating presence, she delivers lyrics that dust off the truth to life’s hopes and heartbreaks.
Tickets $10 on the door or from—SunSon-Album-Release.utr