Tickets on sale Friday for the Aspiring Conversations ideas festival

University of London journalism researcher Mel Bunce joins Newshub’s Paddy Gower for a session on Fake News at this year’s Aspiring Conversations ideas festival. It’s time to join the conversation! General Ticket Sales for the 2020 Aspiring Conversations start this Friday, February 14 at 8.30am. There are three ways to buy tickets to our festival […]


Journalism researcher Mel Bunce and New Zealand television journalist Paddy Gower will be talking Fake News at this year’s Aspiring Conversations. Politicians, writers, researchers, historians and musicians from New Zealand, Australia and London feature in the programme for Wanaka’s Aspiring Conversations Ideas Festival to be held in April. Aspiring Conversations Ideas Festival 2020 takes place […]

Five days to go! We’re counting down to the Aspiring Conversations launch

It’s time for thinking Politics, music, history, climate, mapping our land – the 2020 Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas is full of discussion about all the things that make our world tick. The 2020 Aspiring Conversations will be held at Lake Wanaka Centre from April 3-5, and it’s just a few days until we launch […]

“Beautiful” and “outrageously original” theatre show coming to Wanaka

Have you got your tickets for Mr Red Light? Seats are selling fast for this hilarious and heart-warming show, heading our way October 19 following a hugely successful Auckland season. There were standing ovations, and Jeremy Corbett from The Project NZ (TV3) even visited the set. Here are a few words from the reviewers: “It’s […]

What’s coming up? Music, theatre and food for thought.

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 […]

Festival of Colour 2019: Less than one week to launch!

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has already been announced for the 2019 Festival of Colour in Wanaka. PHOTO: Stephen A’Court The extra-colourful 2019 Festival of Colour programme has gone to print and we will be sharing it with our stakeholders at our launch event on Monday evening next week. Directly afterwards it goes out to […]

Festival of Colour 2019: One month until launch!

Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes, shaking it in the Pacific Crystal Palace, April 2017 Our Festival of Colour 2019 programme is almost ready to go to print, and we will be revealing all on Monday February 11. We can’t wait to share an incredible line-up of music, dance, theatre, film, talks and visual arts with […]

It?s mid-winter and we?re looking ahead

The midwinter magic of the Southern Alps.   We?re halfway through winter, and though it?s a quiet time in the festival office, we still have lots to do. We?re well into planning for the 2019 Festival of Colour (April 2-7, 2019), and Festival Director Philip Tremewan is currently taking in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the […]