Aspiring Conversations goes by the book

  It wouldn’t be Aspiring Conversations without the presence of Chris Lumsden from Paper Plus Wanaka, who has been on hand every year since the festival started with his pop-up bookstore. Come see him in the Armstrong Room during the … Continued

Aspiring Conversations proving popular

The first week of General Sales is almost done, and the 2018 Aspiring Conversations are proving to be our most popular yet. Two sessions have sold out –  our opening night talk with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and former Irish … Continued

World leaders to speak at Aspiring Conversations

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Ireland’s former President Mary Robinson lead the programme for the Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas to be held in April. The opening event session ‘Working for Change’ features the two leaders discussing bringing about change … Continued

First two speakers announced for Aspiring Conversations

“Did someone attach jumper leads to my brain? I’m fizzing on the cognitive cocktail of Aspiring Conversations.” – 2016 audience member Summer has announced itself in Wanaka with two weeks of stunning weather, and it’s just two months until we … Continued

September news

It’s less than 6 months until we launch the Aspiring Conversations programme for 2018. Make sure you have Monday 12 February in your diary. We have two top international speakers confirmed, and other sessions are taking shape, as well as … Continued