Debates to stand alone
The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour has announced that Aspiring Conversations will become a stand alone festival of ideas.
It is the first time that Aspiring Conversations, a popular literary, philosophical and political debate session, has been held separately from the Festival of Colour.
The inaugural event will take place in Wanaka and Queenstown between October 10 and 12.
It will feature a number of national and international thinkers tackling such themes as the impacts of changing technology on society and the economy, issues of inequality and the growing strength of China.
Leading New Zealand writers will explore the insights and power of our literary world.
Southern Arts Festival Trust chairwoman Hetty Van Hale said the launch was in line with the board’s desire to grow and diversify the event.
‘‘This is a truly exciting development and a great addition to the region’s event calendar. We know there’s an audience hungry for this type of festival because our surveys highlight the enduring popularity of the Aspiring Conversations programme,’’ Van Hale said.
In addition to the stand-alone sessions in October this year, Aspiring Conversations will also form part of the 2015 Festival of Colour programme.
The full programme for Aspiring Conversations 2014 will be unveiled in August.
McKinsey Global Institute director Dr James Manyika