Frequently asked questions


When and where will the Festival take place?

The 2018 Festival is happening in Wellington over the weekend of 27–29th 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.

Can my organisation become a sponsor?

Sponsorship opportunities are limited, so get in touch today! To become a sponsor or for more information, please contact our Festival Sponsorship Manager, Thomas Maharaj – Thomas@inspiringstories.org.nz

Can I receive a list of participants or attendees?

The participant list will be available to registered delegates via the Festival App.

What is included in my registration?

Your registration (ticket) includes access to every aspect of the 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.

How can I register and what is the cost?

Tickets will be available for purchase in May 2018. The prices vary, and we encourage you to sign up to our mailing list so that you're in the loop as soon as early bird tickets are available. Tickets can only be purchased via the Festival website. We don't do door sales. If you'd like to purchase more than 5 tickets, please get in touch.

What should I wear to Festival?

There is no dress code, but we recommend 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. Our accommodation partner is 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. You can find out more on the accommodation page.

Is there an age limit?

There is not age limit. The youngest we've had is 13, and the oldest 75. The majority of delegates are aged 18–35, but don't let that stop you. The Festival is a remarkable event, and people of all ages rave about it.

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.

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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