The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour

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Country and Region New ZealandOtago
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
Festival Contact Information

The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour
P. O. Box 630
Wanaka, New Zealand
Phone: (64) 3-443-4172

Festival Description

The inaugural Southern Lakes Festival of Colour was held in 2005 and met with a huge response with nearly all performances sold out and very enthusiastic feedback from audiences who came from all over New Zealand and the world. The Festival of Colour is a biennial celebration of the arts set against the spectacular backdrop of New Zealand’s Lake Wanaka in autumn. With inspiring performances of theatre, dance, music and cuisine from local, national and international acts, the Festival also showcases the work of some of world renowned writers, artists and photographers. There is a new late night club in the Infinity Crystal Palace, the wildlife and environmental film programme from WildSouth, the four artists exploring markers on the land and the garden tour. Enjoy shows at Wanaka venues but also head out to community halls for the touring programme that goes to Arrowtown, Clyde, Glenorchy, Hawea, Luggate, Tarras and Bannockburn.

Festival Dates April 16 - 21, 2013
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Call for Volunteers:
  • The Festival relies on our volunteers to carry out a range of tasks from ticket sales to front of house management to ‘meet and greet’ of performers and artists. If you are based in Wanaka or any of our touring venues, and have time to spare and want to be involved with the Festival of Colour then please get in touch. Either email Lindsey at or phone the Festival office +64 03 443 4172 with your name, address, phone number and email address. Your help is hugely appreciated and helps to make the Southern Lakes Festival of Colour the success that it is.
Become a Patron:
  • You are invited to become a Patron of the Festival of Colour, to help bring the best of art to Lake Wanaka and the region.
  • Your donation is fully tax-deductible.
  • To register online
  • Phone for more details
    (64) 3-443-4172
  • Patron benefits
    • Receive two invitations to the Launch of the Festival Programme;
    • enjoy a priority booking period for ticket purchases;
    • be acknowledged on the Festival website, in the program and on the sponsor board during the Festival;
    • receive two invitations to a pre and post-Festival function;
    • receive regular newsletters updating you on the Festival progress.


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