Youth fes­ti­val


Hun­dreds of young New Zealan­ders are com­ing to­gether to share their ideas for the fu­ture.

Fes­ti­val For the Fu­ture show­cas­ing youth-led in­no­va­tion is re­turn­ing to Auck­land in Septem­ber with speak­ers from across the globe at­tend­ing.

The event is or­gan­ised by char­i­ta­ble trust In­spir­ing Sto­ries and gives young Ki­wis a plat­form to de­velop skills and en­gage in crit­i­cal con­ver­sa­tions.

Guy Ryan, Young New Zealan­der of the Year 2015, and the rest of the team at In­spir­ing Sto­ries are driv­ing this year’s fes­ti­val.

More than 550 peo­ple at­tended the last event in­clud­ing del­e­gates from 20 Pa­cific Na­tions.

‘‘From an ex­pe­ri­ence per­spec­tive, the fes­ti­val is world-class,’’ Ryan says.

‘‘There’s noth­ing else like it in New Zealand and this year’s lineup of speak­ers, work­shops and en­ter­tain­ment is ex­cep­tional,’’ he says.

This year’s speak­ers in­clude Daniel Flynn, founder of Aus­tralian so­cial en­ter­prise Thankyou, and the founders of eth­i­cal cor­po­rate cloth­ing com­pany Lit­tle Yel­low Bird, Han­nah Duder and Sa­man­tha Jones.

Kiwi singer-song­writer Jamie McDell will also be there to talk about clean­ing up our coast­lines.

The event runs from Septem­ber 23 to 25 at the Aotea Cen­tre. Go to fes­ti­val­forthe­fu­ for more in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets.

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