We are very excited to reveal one of our keynote speakers – acclaimed scientist and author Tim Flannery who will talk about the very topical issue of Climate Change. Tim is Australia’s former Chief Climate Commissioner and founder of the Australian Climate Council and his talk ‘Cool it! – dealing with climate change’, based on his latest book Atmosphere of Hope: The Search for Solutions to the Climate, would entertain and engage audiences in the ongoing debate.
“Tim is one of the best there is at helping us crack open hard science and make sense of the supremely complex issues we face. He will explain real and substantive ways to avert drastic threats to our environment and our lifestyles. We are grateful to Longview Environmental Trust for their donation to assist with the costs of this special session,”  said Festival Director Philip Tremewan.
Tim Flannery has published over thirty books including the award-winning The Future Eaters, The Weather Makers and Here on Earth and the novel The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish.
Two New Zealanders will respond to Tim’s keynote: science journalist Veronika Meduna and climate researcher Suzi Kerr.
A huge thank you to Milford Asset Management as our naming rights sponsor of Aspiring Conversations. And also thanks to Lakeside Apartments Wanaka and Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village who have also given us their support.
And sincere thanks to all the individuals who have chosen to support us as Patron and Benefactor Plus. Their donations ensure the ongoing success of Aspiring Conversations

Aspiring Pass – Expressions of Interest
We are taking expressions of interest for the Aspiring Pass. There will be a limited number available and the pass allows access to all nine Wanaka speaker sessions for a discounted price of $140.
It is “the perfect Christmas present for the thinker in your life” – simply email us on info@festivalofcolour.o.nz and we’ll add your name to the list and will be in touch in February when they will be going on sale. Lindsey today if you would like more information.
And best wishes to everyone for a very happy Christmas, and good health and happiness for 2016.
The Festival office will be closed for short break from 22 December to 5 January but then we will be back and will be working hard on finalising the programme brochure for Aspiring Conversations – we have a wonderful line up of inspiring and interesting speakers and we would look forward to sharing it with you on February 18th.