Be part of New Zealand's most inspiring event.

Festival for the Future is an action-packed weekend of inspiring speakers, future-focused panels, workshops and a marketplace for great ideas. People come from every region nationwide, and increasingly the Asia–Pacific region.

A snapshot of the Festival in numbers from 2018.



Inspiring speakers – hear from a diverse range of people who will challenge you, broaden your horizons and spark new possibilities.


Connection and networking opportunities – meet VIP's, new friends, co-founders and collaborators throughout the Festival.  


Workshops and seminars – pick and choose from a range of workshops to help you develop and grow your ideas and skills for the future.  


A market place for ideas & opportunities – connect with purpose-driven businesses, interactive stalls, lounges, and future pathways.


Arts, entertainment and performance – a vibrant atmosphere showcasing a range of artists and musicians to inspire your creativity.


Future-focused panels – explore megatrends and the big issues of our time with thought-leaders from a range of different sectors.


Who's behind it?

Festival for the Future is run by Inspiring Stories, the Kiwi charity backing young New Zealanders to change the world.

Inspiring Stories has built an impressive track record of programmes and partnerships, supporting more than 7,000 young New Zealanders to build their entrepreneurship and leadership capability, and their ideas to make a difference. Core programmes include the prestigious national event Festival for the Future, and the Future Leaders – backing young people in rural and provincial New Zealand. Learn about Inspiring Stories >>