The nor’wester in Wanaka has been driving a few people crazy but we have been ‘nose to the grindstone’ in the office and haven’t really noticed it!
You may notice that this email has got a new branding and you can also check out our new website – we’re really pleased with the fresh new look that will be applied to the programme brochure and all our marketing material, thanks to Kirsten Rabe at Incline Design who does such a great job for us each year. Let us know if you have any comments or improvements you think we could make to the website too – our thanks to Erin Alison at Tidy Design and Duncan Stewart at MistyFlip.
The eagle eyed amongst you will notice that our dates are now 4-10 April . We have spilled over onto the Monday with two performances so keep the whole seven days clear to surf the festival wave!

Fundraiser Shopping List

Our ‘shopping list’ fundraiser has got off to a flying start – thanks to all those who have donated. So far the firewood has been purchased, several volunteer gifts, and refreshments for the community choir to name but a few. But there are still many items to choose from varying in price from $10 to $600 – such as helping to pay for the piano being tuned, specialty lights etc. These are for some of the many behind the scenes costs involved with staging an international calibre festival. Check out the full list and please make a donation if you can. Thank You

Additional Sponsors
And at the end of last year we were delighted to have confirmation of sponsorship and support from the following:
Forsyth Bar have stepped up to Silver sponsor and McKinsey & Company are extending their Knowledge Partnership to include the Festival year as well as the standalone Aspiring Conversations.

Subway and Good Rotations join us as Festival Partners and local businesses Revology, Latin Link Adventures and Websters on Wanaka join us as Local Business Sponsors. Our sincere thanks to all of our sponsors, patrons and benefactors.

Festival Launch – Thursday 9 February

The launch is only 3 weeks away! The 2017 programme will be unveiled at our launch event on Thursday 9 February. Invitations to patrons, benefactors, sponsors, media and guests will be sent out later this week. The programme will go live on the website from that night along with priority bookings, and programmes will be in the mail and should be in your mailbox on Friday 10 February (NZ Post willing!). Public ticket sales will commence on the morning of Friday 17 February either online, by phone or at the Lake Wanaka Centre box office. The box office will be open Friday 17 and Saturday 18 February for bookings and queries.

Call For Volunteers

If you are interested in being one of our ‘unpaid lovers of the arts’  then please visit the website and register your interest and which sessions you are available for. You may want to wait until you have seen the programme and then decide which performances you want to watch and enjoy and which you want to help at. We also need office help and drivers so just show your availability and preferences on the form. If you have any queries then please contact Anna McConville

Word from Our Sponsors

Jackie Boyd and her team at Penberthy Insurance Otago pride themselves on being active members of our community and very happy to be sponsors of Festival of Colour.  Clients are their priority, understanding their needs and providing the appropriate solutions.  If they can help you, Phone 03 443 7321

Edgewater continues to be a proud sponsor of the highly successful Festival of Colour.  We are delighted to offer guests who wish to stay at Edgewater during the 2017 Festival a 15% discount when booking directly on our website – use the promotional code festival17.

Other Events

Catalyst Trust in Queenstown have organised a public lecture by Nobel Laureate William Phillips. He will talk about Einstein, Time and Light on Sunday 29 January 5pm at Queenstown Memorial Centre. Check out their Facebook page for more information.