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 reaching out to you?

The Trustees of the new venture, (WACT), would like to advise on progress of this project and ask for your assistance.

Firstly an update.
A Feasibility Consultant, Horwath HTL has been appointed to advise on the financial viability of the proposed Arts and Culture Centre.

You will be interested to know SOME of the aspects Horwath’s were asked to consider in their final report:

–  Dedicated theatre / auditorium
–  Full stage with Fly Tower
–  Fixed tiered seating
–  Additional flat floor rooms for rehearsals and other uses. A sprung floor for dance
–  Orchestra Pit that can be raised up to stage level for an extended stage
–  Best quality acoustics and technical capability (no compromise)
–  Primary uses: Theatre and Performing Arts
–  Secondary uses: Visual Arts Exhibitions, Conferences, Trade Shows, Banquets etc.

The cost of this essential Feasibility Study on financial viability is $140,000. The Trustees of WACT have met with Horwath’s in Wānaka and have carefully assessed their proposition and believe it is good value.

Now, how can you help?
The Trustees now propose forming the FEASIBILITY CLUB to raise these funds. Trustees have contributed approx. $50,000. We all know this does not guarantee a building but it is the Trust’s best effort and insurance to make sure we make the right decision based on all available information for the Wānaka community and Queenstown Lakes region. The “FC” members will be acknowledged in the completed facility as the early stage supporters group. The minimum contribution to be recognised is $1,000.

Their bank account details are:

The Lake Wanaka Arts and Culture Charitable Trust,
02 0673 0159999 000

If you would like to contribute, please ensure your name is identified and they will send you a tax deduction receipt (i.e. if you donate $3,000 you will receive a credit of $1,000 in this tax year. $10,000 / $3,300 etc.).

These are exciting times for the region and an opportunity to cement Wānaka as the area’s Arts Destination!

Thank you for your support.

Alistair King, Chair, Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust
Charlie Unwin, Executive Director, Festival of Colour
And the rest of the Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust



Whakatipu Music Festival this Easter! 

The Whakatipu Music Festival is set to bring Queenstown alive with music this Easter weekend (15-18 April). The festival showcases extraordinary music from 100 musicians including Aotearoa’s leading and emerging artists, plus an array of  local talent. Workshops and public talks are hosted throughout the week, supporting and stimulating the arts community.

New Zealand superstar musicians Madeleine Pierard (Soprano), Robin Wilson (Violin), Bridget Douglas (Flute), Andrew Joyce (Cello) and Stephen de Pledge (Piano) will take the stage. Joining them is contemporary quartet Tararua showcasing Taonga Pūoro and a dozen incredibly talented emerging artists, putting on a remarkable show.

Local musicians such as Dale Gold and a variety of community ensembles will share the Queenstown Memorial Centre stage in an exceptional event that is an absolute treasure for the community and the whole of Aotearoa.

Purchase tickets now to immerse yourself in bespoke and intimate recitals and be captivated by some of the country’s most talented performers.

Click here to purchase tickets or visit the Whakatipu Music Festival website for more information.