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Workers preparing for the arts festival have begun setting up the relocatable venue known as the Pacific Crystal Palace on the reserve next to the Lake Wanaka Centre.
Festival director Philip Tremewan said the venue was used for music performances as it had a brilliant sound and convivial atmosphere.
It was also excellent for the Aspiring Conversations ideas sessions, he said.
Roof and exteriors would go on today, and the building would be finished by the end of tomorrow.
Lights would be installed on Saturday and the sound on Sunday.
The ninth Festival of Colour, featuring theatre, dance, music, visual arts and conversation, will open on Sunday evening.