Fes­ti­val of Colour closes on high note

Suc­cess de­lights direc­tor

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

Wanaka’s Fes­ti­val of Colour has a good prob­lem – it has be­come so good, it’s dif­fi­cult to keep im­prov­ing, direc­tor Philip Tre­me­wan says.

The fes­ti­val fin­ished on Mon­day night af­ter seven days and more than 40 per­for­mances and shows.

‘‘It’s been full-on,’’ Tre­me­wan said.

‘‘The events roll on one af­ter an­other – the of­fice has just been a hive of ac­tiv­ity. There’s been so many great shows. Some peo­ple have been to 20 shows.’’

One high­light had been singer Ju­lia Deans who per­formed in Joni Mitchell trib­ute show Both Sides Now and with An­nie Crum­mer and Tama Waipara in The Hard Road.

‘‘She is amaz­ing. She’s at the top of her form and her voice . . . peo­ple were just swoon­ing. The staff all de­cided they wanted to print T-shirts say­ing ‘I want to be Ju­lia Deans’. They were just bowled over.’’

The street theatre caught many peo­ple by sur­prise.

‘‘Peo­ple gather on a cor­ner and watch this funny clown­ing guy and they were wound in. He had every­body laugh­ing.’’

Or­gan­is­ers cre­ated a bit of a prob­lem for them­selves on open­ing night with the spec­tac­u­lar Ahi Ka – Fires of Oc­cu­pa­tion, which saw three artists work­ing with fire in very dif­fer­ent ways.

‘‘Over 500 peo­ple were there and we wor­ried we set the bar pretty high for our­selves with that. It was just ex­tra­or­di­nary.’’

The fi­nal per­for­mance was The Pi­anist – a hi­lar­i­ous Char­lie Chap­lin type show per­formed on the pi­ano on Mon­day.

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