NZ Festival: Talanoa Mau – we need to talk

Talanoa Mau is the historic coming together of artists, policymakers, leaders, doers and thinkers from around the world and Aotearoa/New Zealand to examine and present their ideas and creative projects of global significance.

  • When | Āhea Mon 24 Feb 2020, 8.00am–6.30pm
    Tue 25 Feb 2020, 8.15am–5.30pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Soundings Theatre, Level 2
  • Cost | Te utu $549
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We hear from artists Peter Sellars (US), Faustin Linyekula (DRC), Neo Muyanga (SA), Chiké Frankie Edozien (NIG), Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal (NZ), Jahra ‘Rager’ Wasasala (NZ), Coco Solid aka Jessica Hansell (NZ), Alistair Fraser (NZ), Kara Jackson (US) and Chigozie Obioma (NIG); leaders and public thinkers His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Efi (SAM), Pania Newton (NZ), Golriz Ghahraman MP (NZ), Tāmati Kruger (NZ), Patrick Snedden (NZ), Te Kaurinui Parata (NZ), Hon. Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban (NZ), Dame Anne Salmond (NZ), Leali’ifano Dr Albert L Refiti (NZ), Jade Kake (NZ), Lana Lopesi (NZ), Emalani Case (NZ); and more.

We invite you and your organisation to listen and consider the perspectives of artists, academics, historians, indigenous voices and leaders from Aotearoa and around the world. You will leave inspired, changed and ready to see the future in a new light.

The ticket is a two-day pass. You will hear from all of the speakers listed above, and more. You will have opportunities to network with fellow delegates and talk with our speakers. Tickets include lunch each day and refreshments.

Make the pilgrimage to Pōneke, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, and be part of an historic meeting that places art at the centre of urgent public decision making, carving a path to our future.

“The future of our humanity and our existence lies in our binding together to create the conditions for beauty and truth to be born. ‘Talanoa mau’ literally means speaking truth.”

– Lemi Ponifasio

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Jade Kake, Golriz Ghahraman, and Jahra ‘Rager’ Wasasala. Photos courtesy of NZ Festival