Frequently asked questions


When and where will the Festival take place?

The 2019 Festival is happening in Wellington over the weekend of 26–28th July. The Festival takes place right in the heart of the city on Wellington waterfront. The main venue is TSB Arena, with a range of breakout spaces and satelite events all within a 5-minute walk.

What is included in my ticket?

Your ticket gives you access to the full Festival weekend programme – speaker sessions, panels, workshops, entertainment and more. It also includes catering for lunch, morning and afternoon tea on both the Saturday and the Sunday, as well as drinks and nibbles on the Friday night.

Can my organisation become a sponsor?

To become a sponsor or for more information, please contact our Festival Sponsorship Manager, Rachael Elder – Rachael@inspiringstories.org.nz

How can my organisation be represented in the Marketplace?

Getting your organisation represented in the Festival Marketplace is a great way to engage with a diverse range of emerging leaders and influencers from across the nation. Spaces are limited. See the Marketplace page for more details, and to secure your spot.

I'd like to make a donation to the Scholarship Fund, how do I do this?

Wonderful. Our goal is to support 200 young people from rural and low-income backgrounds to the attend the Festival this year. Learn more about the Festival Scholarship Fund.

What should I wear to Festival?

The dress code for the Festival is smart casual. If you’re looking to take part in the morning activities like yoga, we 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 recommend any accommodation?

Wellington offers loads of great accommodation options. For higher-end options, The Intercontinental is a 2-minute walk from the Festival.

For low budget accommodation check out the YHA, who are New Zealand's first carbon-zero certified accommodation network. The YHA is a 5-minute walk along the waterfront from the main TSB Arena venue. There are loads of other accommodation options within a 5-10 minute walk.

Will there be food?

Yes! Your Festival ticket includes catering for lunch, morning and afternoon tea on both the Saturday and the Sunday, as well as drinks and nibbles on the Friday night. 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.

Can I only attend one day of the Festival?

We only sell full Festival passes. If you can only attend one day, you'll still need to buy a full Festival pass.

Will there be alcohol?

No, Festival is an alcohol-free event.


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