Farewells and welcomes for the Festival team

Thank you to Laura Williamson, the Festival’s outgoing General Manager Laura Williamson The 2021 Festival of Colour marked the end of Laura Williamson’s time as our General Manager. We were sad to see her go and want to acknowledge her dedication and efforts in developing the festival and its audiences over the past five years. […]

Getting ready for Aspiring Conversations and introducing the new boss!

A warm welcome to our new Executive Director The Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Charlie Unwin as Executive Director of the Festival of Colour and Aspiring Conversations. This is a new position that replaces the General Manager role previously held by Laura Williamson. Charlie grew up playing in […]

Moving forward, together – June 2020 newsletter

Like many of you, we are back in our office, Level 1 style, and enjoying mingling with our fellow humans again. We’re proud of New Zealanders for our incredible effort in bringing COVID under control in our country, and proud of our community as we see the streets of Wanaka come back to life. We’ve […]

Words, music and takeaway coffee: Festival of Colour May newsletter

Wishing you a happy first week of Level 3 from the team at the Festival of Colour and Aspiring Conversations. We hope you are enjoying moving down a level, and the chance to support our local businesses by picking up a coffee, or a takeaway meal or loading up a few supplies to finish off […]

Wrapping up and looking ahead: Aspiring Conversations April newsletter

We love arts and ideas – thank you to everyone for supporting our festivals. We would love to be sending you a wrap up of the Aspiring Conversations festival today, but it was not to be. Instead we are looking to make the best of our present circumstances, and to look ahead as we start […]

A message from Aspiring Conversations

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 […]

Book launch for Damien Wilkins’ “tall tale” at Aspiring Conversations

We’re excited to announce we’re launching a Wanaka novel just before the opening session of Aspiring Conversations! Come down to Lake Wanaka Centre on Friday April 3 from 4:30pm to hear about Damien Wilkins’ new young adult novel, Aspiring. Damien will be on hand to talk about the book and to sign copies at the […]

New speakers announced for the Aspiring Conversations ideas festival

Global change leader Jon Creyts, ‘Professor Zero’ Dr Ann Smith and sustainability expert Dickon Pinner join the Aspiring Conversations speaker lineup. Climate Risk, Sustainability and Innovation Three international experts on the impact of climate challenges and sustainability for the business community join the line-up of speakers for the Aspiring Conversations Festival of Ideas in April. […]

Tickets for the 2020 Aspiring Conversations are on sale now!

Marilyn Waring and Chlöe Swarbrick’s ‘New Kids on the Block’ session will open the 2020 Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas. Tickets for the 2020 Aspiring Conversations are on sale now! We have tickets available for all sessions at the 2020 Aspiring Conversations, so now is the time to join the conversation and grab yourself some […]