Colour me happy . . . Finding plenty to entertain at this year's Festival of Colour is general manager Laura Williamson, of Wanaka. PHOTO: SIMON HENDERSON


A full programme of free street entertainment is a feature of this year’s Festival of Colour.

General manager Laura Williamson said there were at least 10 free events people could enjoy during the festival in Wanaka, with many taking place on Saturday, April 6.

Dance Wanaka would be performing a site-specific dance piece in Bullock Creek, “celebrating the connection between our own rhythm and flow and that of a living stream”.

Choreographer and dancer Chloe Loftus would be dancing in the branches of a tree, and Australian acrobats Dislocatewould perform their comedy and stunt show 3 Speed Crunch Box in Ardmore St.

The People Library would offer local experts that could be “borrowed”, enabling the opportunity to gain knowledgeable insights.

The arts festival was very popular, and some events were already sold out, but there was plenty of entertainment still on offer, Ms Williamson said.

One highlight was an “Icelandic night” on April 2 with Bjork: All is Full of Love, a homage to the Icelandic pop artist by Blackbird Ensemble, New Zealand’s theatrical chamber orchestra.

Also performing on April 2 was Icelandic singer and songwriter Jofridur Akadottir with her solo project JFDR.

Named Iceland’s 2018 Artist of the Year, she formed her first band in 2009 when only 14, and has already produced half a dozen albums.

Another highlight would be pupils from Mount Aspiring College taking part in Permission to Speak, a show that explored topics including body image, gender equality and feminism.

The Festival of Colour takes place in Wanaka from April 2 to 7.

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