Talanoa Mau: Mon 24 – Tue 25 February 2020

Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, as part of New Zealand Festival of the Arts

Talanoa Mau is a historic two-day gathering of artists, public thinkers, culture makers and visionaries from around the world and Aotearoa to stimulate critical conversations for our time. Talanoa Mau is curated by Lemi Ponifasio, one of New Zealand’s most influential international artists, and an esteemed guest curator for New Zealand Festival of the Arts.

A collision of world views will be offered, responded to, debated and collected. Speakers have been selected for their brave voices, clarity of vision, and considerable mana in their chosen fields. See the full line up of speakers here.

Is it a conference?

Yes, Talanoa Mau follows a conference format. There will be a selection of compelling speakers and panel presentations each day, with networking breaks between sessions. You can view a schedule overview here.

Talanoa is a traditional word used across the Pacific to reflect a process of inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue. Talanoa Mau is where conversations concerning Aotearoa’s cultural infrastructure and its future will take place. You are invited to join.

Is it for me/my organisation?

Talanoa Mau is for all New Zealanders and visitors invested and interested in our country’s future. It's for people interested in expanding their worldviews and hearing from an extraordinarily diverse range of visionary speakers. It’s for you.

Attendees will include representatives from the arts and cultural sectors, local and national government, business and social enterprises, community organisations, and interested individuals. Everyone is welcome.

What insights will I come away with?

You will access new and fresh thinking, have engaging conversations and be invited to expand your world view within an environment of expansive, lively discussion. You will make new friends and unexpected connections. Unlike other conference events, Talanoa Mau is not restricted access nor sector-specific. This is a one-off opportunity to hear powerful ideas from a range of visionaries and leaders brought together especially for this occasion.

Tell me about the networking

Talanoa Mau offers an opportunity for both team and personal revitalisation. There will be networking breaks throughout the event, with speakers available for informal, shared discussion with attendees.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided each day, with dietary requests taken at the time of booking.

What else can I experience at Talanoa Mau?

On the first day of Talanoa Mau, Te Papa opens a major new installation by Lemi Ponifasio MAU: House of Night and Day. As part of your Talanoa Mau experience, you will be invited to attend a private viewing after hours at Te Papa where refreshments will be provided.

What discounts are available?

We acknowledge that the price of the conference may be a barrier. As a Charitable Trust, we need to cover costs, and the conference price goes some way to help us achieve that. We will not derive any profit from Talanoa Mau, which is heavily subsidised thanks to generous partners. To support entry, we have Early Bird tickets (up to December 16) and group discounts (2-10 people) available. Additionally, 40 Artist Scholarships, which cover the full value of entry are available. Details about the Artist Scholarships and application process are below.

What is the group discount?

For groups of 2-10 people, you can purchase the first ticket at full price, and subsequent tickets at a reduced price (excludes Early Bird offer). For online bookings, simply select the number of tickets you require, open your Shopping Cart, and click the ‘Apply discount’ button at the bottom. This will activate the group offer.

I would like to bring a group from my work - can you invoice my organisation?

Yes, you can request an invoice when you book online. Or, we can send your organisation an invoice for tickets and email them to you once paid.

To book and arrange payment by invoice, either request this through the online booking process, or if you would prefer, email ticketing@festival.co.nz

Can I book by telephone?

Yes, to book by telephone call Talanoa Mau ticketing providers iTICKET on 0508 484 253. Booking fees apply.

What are the Artist Scholarships?

New Zealand Festival of the Arts is committed to supporting a thriving, interconnected and engaged arts and cultural sector. Independent and freelance artists are a vital voice in our arts ecosystem, and in recognition of this, 40 places have been set aside exclusively for freelance artists to attend and join the Talanoa Mau conversation. Each Artist Scholarship covers full ticket entry, valued at $549.

To ensure a fair and equitable selection process, Artist Scholarships will be assessed with support from an independent panel. Scholarships will be awarded to artists who meet the selection criteria, and awarded to ensure a diverse breadth of attendees. The application period has now closed.

How accessible is the venue?

Talanoa Mau takes place at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa. The venue is accessible for wheelchair users via a lift located in the museum’s main entrance. Te Papa also provides accessible toilets and parking. If you are a wheelchair user, please call 0508 484 253 to complete your booking. Please contact us if you have any additional requirements

Other enquiries

For any other queries not answered here, please contact the Festival office on 04 473 0149 or email ticketing@festival.co.nz