De­bates to stand alone

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

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.

Lakes

McKin­sey Global In­sti­tute di­rec­tor Dr James Manyika

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