Festival of Colour closes on high note
Success delights director
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.