New speakers announced for the 2019 Festival of Colour

Achieving peak performance into the 2020s

Want to reach your peak in the modern economic environment? Looking for answers as the pace of change accelerates in our workplaces, and our lives?

Join us for ‘Achieving peak performance into the 2020s’, an Aspiring Conversations session featuring psychiatrist Dr Tony Fernando and business experts Jolie Hodson and Mark Verbiest.

We are living in interesting times. The demands and pressures on each of us are increasing as a result of ubiquitous connectivity and fast-paced information flows. At the same time, expectations of employers are changing as individuals look for more purpose and empowerment in their working lives. And all of this happens against the background of ongoing automation and digitisation. To uphold our prosperity into the 2020s, we will need to find a new balance – individually, in the relationships between employees and employers, and collectively as a working economy.

Our panel assembles experts in each of these areas.

Dr Tony Fernando is a psychiatrist, sleep specialist and senior lecturer in psychological medicine at Auckland University who speaks on compassion and mindfulness and managing the self for sustainability.

Jolie Hodson is Customer Director at Spark and focuses on how to lead a large workforce and transform to a more agile company.

Mark Verbiest is a Wanaka local with extensive national board experience including Spark, Transpower, ANZ, Meridian, Freightways and NZ Treasury. He looks at the wider issues around the future of work in New Zealand.

The session will be chaired by Lynn Freeman from Radio NZ.

When: Saturday April 6, 9am
Where: Pacific Crystal Palace

 


Staff picks

JFDR – Artist of the Year, Iceland, 2018

Festival of Colour General Manager Laura Williamson shares her pick of the festival: JFDR.

Björk, Sigur Rós, Ragnar from the History Channel show Vikings – there are a lot of things to love about Iceland, and JFDR is another one to add to the list.

Icelander Jófríður Ákadóttir has been putting out music since the age of fourteen, including as part of the indie folk group Pascal Pinon, electronic trio Samaris, and now with her solo project JFDR.

An incredible wordsmith and multi-instrumentalist, she wraps a stunning vocal delivery in electronic, classical and guitar soundscapes that will take you away, in a very good way.

Björk’s a big fan, and so am I. See her in Wanaka before she starts selling out big city venues!


Arts in our region

Art exhibition: ‘Jerusalem: Inside the Walled City’ 

Anna Gawn, whose photographs will feature in our ‘Peace-Keeper, Peace-Maker’ Aspiring Conversations session with Major General Dave Gawn and New Zealand Alternative founder Thomas Nash, has an exhibition currently showing at Rippon Winery.

The exhibition features Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world, bitterly fought over for centuries and a holy place of enormous significance for three religions. Jerusalem is a place where emotions are extreme: absolute intolerance, delirious joy, vitriolic hatred, profound devotion, corrosive depression and explosive violence.

According to Anna, “My husband David was the Head of Mission for UNTSO (United Nations Treaty Supervision Organisation). His job was to monitor the borders between Israel and its neighbours, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt, and to do what he could to ‘further the peace’.

I would frequently go into the old walled city with my camera. I wasn’t thinking of an exhibition when I wandered those ancient streets, I just wanted to capture the residents in their own environment – most of the photos in the exhibition are people going about their business.”

See ‘Jerusalem: Inside the Walled City’ at Rippon Winery, 11am to 5pm daily throughout March and April.