Engaging with Queenstown audiences is one of the goals the
board members of the Wanaka based Southern Lakes Festival of
Colour have set themselves.
The Queenstown programme has expanded each time the festival
has been held and reached a peak, in terms of quality and
quantity of performances, in April this year with
in the Queenstown Memorial Centre.
Director Philip Tremewan said the Festival of Colour was ''an
exemplar'' for regional festivals around the country, after
the board met in the Lake Wanaka Centre last week.
''Our audiences enjoy top-quality, live performances, work
that warms the heart and plumbs some depths of character and
theme and feeling and does it with real craft and artistry,''
Mr Tremewan said.
''We also believe heartland New Zealand audiences should have
the excitement of premieres and the unveiling of new work and
this shouldn't be the preserve of Wellington and Auckland.''
Mr Tremewan and chairwoman Hetty van Hale reaffirmed the
festival's determination to bring the best of the arts,
including world premieres, to the Southern Lakes from within
New Zealand and around the world.
They outlined plans for an off-year programme in 2014,
including special performances and a ''festival of ideas''
based on the main programme's popular Aspiring Conversations
• The festival next supports alternative Christchurch
four-piece indie band Lawrence Arabia in the Gin &
Raspberry, Wanaka, on November 7, as part of its first
nationwide tour outside the four main centres.
Tickets cost $25 from the festival website.
• The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour returns for the sixth
time from April 21-26, 2015.