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 Zealand composer and Arts Laureate Ross Harris. Klezmer was originally played at weddings and other celebrations in Eastern and Central Europe – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you might even dance.

We have two free tickets to give away for the show – head over to the ‘Win Stuff’ section on the Wanaka App before midnight on Sunday to enter.

The Kugels
When: Saturday September 7 @ 7pm
Where: Hawea Flat Hall (Cnr Camphill Road and St Ninians Way, Hawea Flat)
Tickets: $30 adults / $20 students – tickets from
the Festival of Colour website HERE.

Get rid of your bread tags, for good

We’ll be supporting ‘Bread tags for wheelchairs’ at The Kugels’ show. We’ll have a jar set up at the Hawea Flat Hall so you can drop off those pesky plastic tags attached to your bread, pikelets, bagels, as well as potatoes and other vegetables.

They are made of a special plastic that can be recycled in South Africa and made into seedling trays – the profits from sales of the tray go to buy wheelchairs. It takes 200kg to raise enough funds to buy one wheelchair, so bring us all the tags you have.

Find out more on Facebook.



A night at the theatre: Mr Red Light


We are also thrilled to be supporting an extraordinary new play, Mr Red Light, in coming to Wanaka in October.

Mr Red Light is a man who attracts bad luck. So naturally, when he tries to rob a bank he fails miserably – and ends up in a pie shop dealing with three very uncooperative hostages and the world’s worst police negotiator. As time ticks by, Mr Red Light and his captives play a game of getting to know you – and mysteriously, Mr Red Light seems to know more about his hostages’ lives than is possible.

Listen to Ben and Carl from Nightsong
theatre company have a chat about Mr Red Light on Radio NZ’s ‘Standing Room Only’.

Mr Red Light
When: Saturday October 19 @ 7:30pm
Where: Lake Wanaka Centre
Tickets: $42 adults / $23 students –
tickets HERE from Eventfinda

Save the dates: Aspiring Conversations 2020, April 3,4 and 5

Need some time for thinking? Get ready for our Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas, three days of thought-provoking discussion in April of 2020.

Important dates to note:

Programme launch: February 3, 2020

Priority ticket sales for festival Patrons, Benefactors and Sponsors: February 3, 2020 from 7pm.

General ticket sales start: February 14, 2020 from 9am.

Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas: April 3, 4 and 5, 2020

Supporters and sponsors

Thank you to Chris Lumsden and the team at Paper Plus Wanaka who are again supporting our festival as a Bronze Sponsor. Look for the Paper Plus table at Aspiring Conversations – Chris will have books by a number of our speakers for sale, and there will be book signings after some of the talks. Paper Plus always donates a portion of festival books sales back to our Trust – buy a book, support a great local business, and help the festival too! It’s win, win, win with words.

And the fantastic crew at the Wanaka App will be running the Aspiring Conversations pop up again in 2020. Hit the button for access to our programme, ticketing and all the latest festival news. Download the app now to make sure you don’t miss a thing.