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 […]

Deputy PM and leading Australian journalist join speaker line up

Hon Bill English, the Deputy Prime Minister and Paul Kelly editor-at-large on The Australian are joining the list of noteable speakers at Aspiring Conversations presented by Milford Asset Management. Bill English was MP for Clutha-Southland for 24 years until he became a list MP in 2014. He is also Minister of Finance and the Minister […]

Countdown to Aspiring Conversations

We?re getting close ? only two weeks to go until we launch the programme. Invitations to the launch evening have been sent to Patrons, Benefactors and Sponsors and we will reveal the eagerly anticipated programme on 18 February. Priority booking commences straight away and then public bookings start from Friday 25th online or at the […]

An Inspiring New Year

Happy new year! And what a great year it is going to be. The eagerly anticipated Aspiring Conversations programme, presented by Milford Asset Management, will be launched in only five weeks? time. We can?t wait to share the wonderful line up of speakers and panels on a whole range of topics – absorbing, and sometimes […]

Aspiring Conversations first speaker announced

We are very excited to reveal one of our keynote speakers – acclaimed scientist and author Tim Flannery who will talk about the very topical issue of Climate Change. Tim is Australia?s former Chief Climate Commissioner and founder of the Australian Climate Council and his talk ?Cool it! ? dealing with climate change?, based on […]