FAQ

Is there an age limit?

Not at all. We say “young New Zealanders” because we reckon the content and vibe of Festival for the Future will most resonate with 18-30 year-olds, which is most of the people who come. If you’re outside that age range don’t worry, we’ve had participants aged 13-75. Older high school students (year 12+) also really benefit from the programme. Basically ask us if you’re not sure, but anyone’s welcome.

One really important thing to note is that all attendees aged under 16 MUST be accompanied by a paying ticket holder aged 16 or older.

Can my group or business run a stall at Festival for the Future?

Yes! Having a stall at the Festival is a great way to build one-on-one engagement with savvy and conscious consumers. Stall applications now open.

Can I donate to help a participant get there?

Yes, please! Our scholarship fund relies on your generous donations, and with your help, we can make sure all young New Zealanders get a chance to unleash their potential to change the world – not just a select few. Please contact Guy if you’d like to sponsor a ticket, or make a contribution for transport and accommodation, for a young person who couldn’t otherwise attend:
[email protected]

What are generosity tickets?

This year we’re giving you the chance to go a little step further, and by booking a ‘generous’ ticket you also contribute towards the scholarships fund. Scholarships help to ensure that the Festival is accessible for young people from some of our more marginalised and vulnerable communities, and for whom cost is a barrier. Get your tickets now!

Will there be food?

Yes! Full catering is included in the ticket price. Please remember to tell us about any dietary requirements when you’re buying your tickets.

Can I get a refund if I can't come?

Unfortunately, we’re not able to offer refunds. You can read all of the terms and conditions at our ticketing website.

I have bought a ticket to Festival. Can you help me find accommodation? / Where can I stay?

The venue for Festival for the Future 2016 is the Aotea Centre in Auckland’s CBD. There are plenty of accommodation options to choose from including:

Attic Backpackers
Base Backpackers
Silver Fern Backpackers
YHA International Backpackers
Nomads Hostel
CBD Lodge
Haka Lodge

Or you could always try your luck at AirBnB!

What should I wear to Festival?

There is no dress code, but if you’re going to take part in any of our morning activities (yoga or dance), we strongly recommend comfortable shoes and clothes. That doesn’t mean you need to bring workout gear, but something you can move in freely is recommended if you wish to take part in those sessions.

Can you tell me more about the event?

Festival is two and a half days of insightful speakers, hands-on workshops, engaging panel discussions with leading experts, live music, entertainment, interactive art, good food, connecting with young New Zealanders from around the country, and a healthy dose of inspiration! It’s a place to network, develop your personal and professional skills, and learn about some of the greatness going on in our world. It’s your Festival, and this year we’ve designed the programme with our community, to find out what they love from past years and how to make #FFTF16 the best and biggest yet!

I can no longer attend Festival, can you change my ticket to someone else's name?

If it is before Friday 9th September, please send an email to [email protected] and we’ll sort it out. After this date however, we will not be able to amend booking details.

Will there be alcohol?

No, Festival is an alcohol-free zone.

What if I want a time out from all the epicness of the Festival programme?

We get it, the learnings of Festival can be full on and sometimes you need time to recollect. This year, we have an amazing wellness area which is supporting by Mental Health Foundation. It will be your space to chill-out, play some quiet games, and re-energise. We will also have youth workers on-site for anyone who wants a chat.

What if I don’t have a start-up idea that I want to grow, is Festival still for me?

YES definitely! Festival for the Future is all about learning from thought leaders, being inspired by social innovation/projects, and connecting with like-minded people who are keen to know more about the future and how they can be part of making a difference in the world.

I’m under the age of 16, can I attend?

YES as long as you have a ticket holder with you who is 16 years old or over, you can join us at Festival!