Words, music and takeaway coffee

Words, music and takeaway coffee: Festival of Colour May newsletter Wishing you a happy first week of Level 3 from the team at the Festival of Colour and Aspiring Conversations. We hope you are enjoying moving down a level, and the chance to support our local businesses by picking up a coffee, or a takeaway […]

Aspiring Conversations and the Festival of Colour: May update

It’s almost a month since we finished the final session of the 2018 Aspiring Conversations, after three days of thought-provoking discussion, debate and insight. We could not have done it without you! Thank you to our speakers and performers. You made us think, laugh, cry and tap our feet. Wanaka was buzzing. Thank you to […]

One week until Aspiring Conversations

The countdown is on as we prepare to bring the Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas to Wanaka in a week’s time, from April 6 to 8. We hope you are as excited as we are about this year’s programme, which covers everything from history, to music, to astronomy to how our world is changing. — […]

New speakers announced, more tickets to be released for Aspiring Conversations

The Future of Work: speakers confirmed Artificial intelligence, robotics and automation have seen major changes in the employment market with many traditional jobs disappearing and new opportunities opening up – look at Airbnb and Uber. What other changes are coming? How do we manage lives without work? We are pleased to announce two speakers have […]

Aspiring Conversations goes by the book

  It wouldn’t be Aspiring Conversations without Chris Lumsden from Paper Plus Wanaka, who has been on hand every year since the festival started with his pop-up bookstore. Come see him in the Armstrong Room during the festival to check out a range of books written by our speakers, have a chat with the authors, […]

More than one side to the story at Aspiring Conversations

Taking time for thinking can sometimes mean taking the time to look at an issue from more than one angle. The Aspiring Conversations session ‘Our Dark Materials – navigating our way through the oil and mining debate’, featuring Sefton Darby and Jeanette Fitzsimons, does just this. Sefton Darby has worked for governments, mining companies, NGOs, […]

Aspiring Conversations proving popular

The first week of General Sales is almost done, and the 2018 Aspiring Conversations are proving to be our most popular yet. Two sessions have sold out –  our opening night talk with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and former Irish President Mary Robinson, together with Mary Robinson’s solo session.   But we still have hundreds of […]

Tickets still available for most Aspiring Conversations sessions

We’ve had huge sales today (Friday February 23), with unprecedented demand for our Friday evening session featuring Jacinda Arden and Mary Robinson. We limited sales for the session to two per person across the board because we knew demand would be high, and had availability online, by telephone and through our box office at Lake […]

Tickets on sale for the 2018 Aspiring Conversations from Friday, 23 February

It’s time to join the conversation! General Sales for the 2018 Aspiring Conversations start this Friday, February 23 at 8.30am. Priority sales have now closed, and we have availability for all sessions, including the Friday evening session featuring Jacinda Ardern and Mary Robinson. We expect some of our sessions to sell out quickly, so get […]