The countdown is on as we prepare to bring the Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas to Wanaka in a week?s time, from April 6 to 8. We hope you are as excited as we are about this year?s programme, which covers everything from history, to music, to astronomy to how our world is changing.

Session spotlight: Holly Walker and Brent Williams, ?Living with depression and anxiety?

A national discussion about mental health has come to the forefront in New Zealand in recent years, and it?s a topic that will be the focus of one of our sessions at Aspiring Conversations next weekend.


Holly Walker is a former Rhodes Scholar and was a Green MP from 2011 to 2014. Her book The Whole Intimate Mess tells the story of how she became one of?New Zealand?s youngest parliamentarians, how?motherhood intervened, and how she found?solace and solidarity in the writings of women.

Brent Williams is a community lawyer who develops resources to help vulnerable people. His graphic memoir Out of the Woods chronicles his own experience of depression and how he emerged from it.

Listen to Brent Williams discuss his experiences with RNZ?s Kim Hill here.

Both Holly and Brent travelled through dark times and have written and spoken about their journey ? this will be a fascinating, and important, discussion.

Book tickets here for Brent and Holly?s session.

Tickets still available

We still have some tickets available for a number of other speaker sessions and performances.


Professor Ngaire Woods and Dr Michael Chui

Book your tickets online through the Aspiring Conversations website or by telephone on 022 4 849 669.

Don’t forget your tickets!?

If you have purchased e-tickets, don’t forget to download them to your mobile device and bring them for scanning at the door.

If you are collecting your tickets from the Lake Wanaka Centre Box Office, we’ll be open from Friday April 6 at 9am, and throughout the weekend.



Aspiring Passes will also be available for collection at the box office from Friday April 6 at 9am.

Remember: If you have an Aspiring Pass, please arrive 10 minutes before each session to secure your seat.

Ticket Exchange Board

Have your circumstances changed and now you can’t attend, or did you miss out on tickets for a session?

Our Ticket Exchange Board will be up and running at Lake Wanaka Centre from the morning of Tuesday, April 3.

Use the board to BUY and SELL tickets. (These transactions are third party and are independent to the festival.)

We want all our sold-out sessions to have a full house! Please use of the Ticket Exchange Board if you have any spare tickets. The board has been very successful at past festivals.

A word from our sponsors

Infinity Investment Group

?Infinity Investment Group has been a supporter of the Festival of Colour from day one, when we put up $50,000 seed funding to help get the Festival off the ground. Community values are at the heart of everything we do. Best known for our Wanaka community developments such as Sunrise Bay, Far Horizon Park, Peninsula Bay and Riverside Park, our property developments focus on connecting people, and providing the spaces and places for neighbours to meet and interact. Only by working together and sharing the same passion for what we do can we achieve great things. Our team shares a single vision to always deliver the best. Just like the Festival!?

Batchelar McDougall Consulting

?Batchelar McDougall Consulting (BMC) are very excited to support the Festival of Colour as a Local Business Sponsor.? The company, established in Wanaka, has grown rapidly to a staff of 26 with offices in Wanaka, Queenstown & Christchurch.? BMC specialises in the structural design and assessment of a wide range of buildings and structures. Their Wanaka Team, (pictured) are the ?Engineers On The Spot?, with a wealth of experience to help you achieve your dreams in our unique alpine environment ?