Plans for Performing Arts Centre in Wānaka

  Tēna Koutou Festival whānau, We’re sure you’re aware of the plans to build our very own performing arts centre in Wānaka – a centre that would be a tremendous boon for both the Festival and our community as a whole. The Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust fully supports the project. So, why are we […]

Thank you for your support as Aspiring Conversations is cancelled

Cancelling Aspiring Conversations 2022 It is with heavy hearts that due to the current Red Light setting and the presence of the Omicron version of Covid in the community, the Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust has decided to cancel the 2022 Aspiring Conversations. As you may know, festivals and events are restricted to audiences of […]

Countdown to the Aspiring Conversations launch

Only a few days to go!  Farah Palmer and Rosara Joseph The 2022 Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas is going to be full of discussion about all the things that make our world tick including some of today’s most pressing issues. Aspiring Conversations Programmer Philip Tremewan says the weekend promises to be informative, and inspiring, […]

Announcing the first speakers for Aspiring Conversations 2022

An early seasonal treat – announcing the first speakers for Aspiring Conversations 2022 We are excited to be able to announce our first two speakers for the 2022 Aspiring Conversations ideas festival (March 25-27, 2022). Our ‘Wāhine Toa – Sports Women’ session will feature Farah Palmer, former Black Ferns captain, three-time Rugby World Cup winner […]

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 […]

“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 […]