We Need to Talk ...

Talanoa Mau (We Need to Talk) is the title of a new conference in the New Zealand Festival curated by Lemi Ponifasio, happening 24-25 February 2020.


I've been privileged to receive a scholarship (one of 40) to attend courtesy of the Festival, and additionally, a Regional Arts Fund Quick Response grant to help me with cost of attendance.


Talanoa Mau is the historic coming together of artists, leaders, doers and thinkers from around the world and Aotearoa/New Zealand to give voice to new or unheard ideas, and stimulate critical discussion on what it means to be human in today’s world.


I'll get to 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); Tina Makereti (NZ) 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 Ruby Judson (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. I think be leaving leave inspired, changed and ready to see the future in a new light.


"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.


Can't wait. I'll report back after ......






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