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Friday 27 February: Big issues... Seriously, 7.30pm / Hawea Flat Hall

Let’s burst the bubble we live in. Outspoken has handpicked some of the cleverest comedians out there to open your eyes to the real big issues this world is facing from racial prejudice to climate change. With laughter comes great responsibility, so be prepared to have your views seriously challenged. Featuring Tim Batt, Pax Assadi, Marteen Idema and James Nokise.

Welsh / Samoan comedian, James Nokise, has carved out a reputation in New Zealand going after everything from gangs, to politicians, to stereotypes within Pacific Culture. 2013 Best Male Comedian - NZ Comedy Guild Awards 2013 / Fred Dagg Comedy Award Nominee - NZ International Comedy Festival / Two times Billy T Comedy Award Nominee

Winning the coveted Best Newcomer at the 2013 NZ International Comedy Festival, Tim Batt was then nominated for the 2014 Billy T Award. "Uncompromised, eloquent comedy" - 

Aww look at that face. Maarten Idema is the winner of the Raw Comedy Quest in 2013 and is just an all round winner in general really. Maarten brings comedy one line at a time. His girlfriend describes him as a DIY dream, with hints of cut grass and overtones of oak. ‘A comedian who had the audience in the palm of his hand with a perfectly paced set of clever and original material.’ - Ingrid Grenar (Keeping Up With NZ) 

Ticket:  $ 20 cash / $ 21.50 online  / $ 25 at the door   BUY 

Food by The Food Pod and full bar available on the night.


Saturday 28 February: The David Merritt Poetry Experience , 7.30pm / Wanaka Wastebusters

“When I do readings they ain’t readings, they are gatherings of reprobates that read...” David Merritt’s poetry slices, made out of cardboard scavenged from banana boxes and Readers' Digests, are part of an interactive experience you won’t want to miss. This special reading will be the culmination of his week long residency at Wastebusters. Word activists welcome.

Ticket:  $ 20 cash / $ 21.50 online  / $ 25 at the door   BUY 


Sunday 1 March: MASSIVE WORD WEAPONS OF HOPE, 7.30pm / Wanaka Lavender Farm 

Legendary Kiwi entertainer Olly Ohlson inspired a generation of kids on the daily show After School. His legendary catch-phrase “Keep cool ’til after school” is still remembered long after the show ended. He is credited with introducing both Te Reo and sign language to our TV screens. His storytelling talents will be on show tonight, in the idyllic set up of the Wanaka Lavender Farm. 

Olly brings you an interactive show - singing, joking and narrating his way through 'the wonderful world of words', through 'words of mass destruction' to 'an indigenous wordway out.' You'll be laughing, listening and thinking way after school's out. 

 Ticket:  $ 20 cash / $ 21.50 online  / $ 25 at the door   BUY