We?re getting close ? only two weeks to go until we launch the programme. Invitations to the launch evening have been sent to Patrons, Benefactors and Sponsors and we will reveal the eagerly anticipated programme on 18 February. Priority booking commences straight away and then public bookings start from Friday 25th online or at the Lake Wanaka Centre.
Already announced are acclaimed scientist and author Tim Flannery, science journalist Veronika Meduna and climate researcher Suzi Kerr. They will be debating environmental issues in ?Cool it! ? dealing with climate change?. And advertising guru and arts aficionado Peter Biggs will be chairing two of our writers sessions.

They will be joined by a host of top thinkers and ideas makers, discussing current social, cultural, economic and political issues against the stunning backdrop of Wanaka in the autumn time. Make sure you allow some tine for thinking and come along and join in the conversation.

With thanks to all of our sponsors and backers especially Gold sponsors Miford Asset Management.
A word from our sponsors
“Milford is delighted to be a principal sponsor for the Aspiring Conversations event for the next two years.

We have been associated with this event and the Festival of Colour for the last two years and found both sponsorships to be very valuable to us.

These types of events are ideal for Milford as we always endeavour to be involved in local community events that hopefully get people to think and debate their community, culture and country plus have some fun.

Milford is a boutique investment firm that provides a range of investment products and services designed to help clients meet their specific investment objectives. We seek to consistently deliver superior investment returns with high quality customer service.

We were founded in 2003 and have funds under management of $3.4 billion with offices in Auckland, Sydney and Cromwell.”
Al Thomson
Milford Asset Management

Call for Volunteers

If you would like to join our wonderful team and help out during Aspiring Conversations then please get in touch with Lindsey today {email link}. It?s a great way to get involved and meet some really interesting people and have a bit of fun along the way. We need help with delivering programmes and ushering at speaker sessions. So if you have a few hours to spare and would like to help then contact us now. The festival couldn?t happen without the support of our wonderful community and amazing volunteers.

Daffodils all over the world

For those who saw the outstanding ?Daffodils? at the Festival of Colour last year you will be pleased to hear that it is enjoying another run at Q Theatre in February and there are also plans for a world tour, film adaptation and sound track recording. Read the full article in last weeks Sunday Star Times http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/stage-and-theatre/76343127/daffodils-show-returns-to-auckland-film-and-worldwide-tour-in-the-offing