Our programme has launched, and thanks to our amazing team of volunteers, paper copies of the 2018 Aspiring Conversations programme are all over town, in cafes, shops, our library and cinemas. Pick one up, or pick up a few and help spread the word about Wanaka?s very own festival of ideas.



Buying tickets

Tickets start at $16 per session, or by an Aspiring Pass for all nine speaker sessions for only $165 ? a great deal for a whole lot of thinking!

Priority bookings have started this week, and General ticket sales are only a week away.

Here are the dates to keep in mind:

A reminder that priority bookings close at 5pm on Wednesday February 21.

All sales will reopen at 8.30am on Friday 23 February.


Festival of Colour Benefactor and Patron renewals

Priority bookings for Patrons and Benefactors of the 2019 Festival of Colour start on Monday.

If you were a Patron of the 2017 Festival of Colour and would like to renew for 2019 to take advantage of priority bookings, you can do so easily online here.

You can also contact General Manager Laura Williamson directly at laura@festivalofcolour.co.nz, or on 443 4172 and she will help you organise your renewal.


Spend a day with an Astrophysicist


After she has shown us the stars, we are looking for one or two interested locals to show Dr Jennifer Wiseman our region ? would you like to accompany Dr Wiseman on a local track, such as Diamond Lake, or further afield to take in part of the Routeburn Track? Let us know.

We are also looking for drivers to provide transport locally, and to being Dr Wiseman over from Dunedin to Wanaka on the afternoon of Friday April 6. Please get in touch with Laura at laura@festivalofcolour.co.nz if you would like to help.


A word from our sponsors

Dr Jennifer Wiseman?s Aspiring Conversations session, ?Stars and Planets: life, the universe and everything? is sponsored by PlaceMakers Wanaka.

PlaceMakers Wanaka is a locally owned and operated business and is part of New Zealand’s leading and largest chain of building materials and hardware suppliers. As a locally owned and operated business for the past 18 years we have always made a priority of supporting all things local to help ensure events like 2018 Aspiring Conversations can happen in our beautiful town.