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 […]

“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 […]

One month until the Aspiring Conversations programme launch

A Happy New Year from the Festival! We hope you enjoyed the holidays and are looking forward to the year ahead. The 2018 Aspiring Conversations will be held at Lake Wanaka Centre from April 6-8, and it?s now just over a month until we launch the programme for this year?s event. Politics, science, history, music, […]

First two speakers announced for Aspiring Conversations

“Did someone attach jumper leads to my brain? I’m fizzing on the cognitive cocktail of Aspiring Conversations.” ? 2016 audience member Summer has announced itself in Wanaka with two weeks of stunning weather, and it?s just two months until we launch the programme for the 2018 Aspiring Conversations, presented by Milford Asset Management. We have […]

September news

It?s less than 6 months until we launch the Aspiring Conversations programme for 2018. Make sure you have Monday 12 February in your diary. We have two top international speakers confirmed, and other sessions are taking shape, as well as the all-important backers and sponsors who give us confidence to finalise the plans and programme. […]

Carrying on the conversation

It is two weeks since Aspiring Conversations ? our speakers and panellists have all left town and all have commented on what a wonderful time they had in Wanaka. The welcome, the questions and conversations that were carried on all over town made for a stimulating weekend. Many people have commented in our surveys on […]