Dear friends and supporters,

We are sorry to announce that we have cancelled the 2020 Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas.

This has been a difficult time for all of us, and, like many of you, we have been closely monitoring the unfolding situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Yesterday, the government announced that public events involving more than 500 people cannot go ahead. Our festival has already seen more than 2,700 tickets issued.

We share your disappointment that you are unable to participate in our weekend of ideas, discussion and debate, but we know this is the right thing to do for the residents of our region, for our health services and as a leading community event.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that while there had been no community transmission of coronavirus in New Zealand so far, we need to take a cautious approach.

We want to thank you – our audiences, our sponsors, our supporters, our grant-makers and our community – for your support of our festival, and for your understanding at this unprecedented time.

Our ticketing team will be contacting all ticket holders shortly with information regarding refunds. For ticket holders who want to support future festivals, there will be an option to donate part or all of the value of their ticket back to the Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust.

We at the Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust wish you the very best, and do put next year’s Festival of Colour in your 2021 diaries.  April 12 – 18 are dates we can all look forward to as a time of feeding our hearts and minds with the power of the arts.

Ngā mihi nui
Philip Tremewan
Director – Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust

Alistair King
Chair – Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust