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Splore Festival talks up a storm

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Splore Festival talks up a storm

From the most personal of journeys to the future of a million: that's the span of the talking content at Splore 2015.

Curated by Public Address founder and Media Take presenter Russell Brown, the Splore korero will explore different paths on the Saturday and Sunday respectively.

The keynote of Saturday's session, The Listening Lounge, is 'Imagining Auckland', a panel discussion on the shape of the city most Splorers will return to after their weekend at beautiful Tapapakanga Regional Park. Zoe Lenzie-Smith, one of Generation Zero's leaders, Transport Blog's Patrick Reynolds and artist Ross Liew, who was recently appointed to Auckland Council's public art advisory panel, will discuss a better future with Russell -and with the audience.

The Listening Lounge will also feature a series of Pecha Kucha talks from the likes of former Splore boss – and now sustainability consultant – Amanda Wright, and a chat with a special musical guest.

On the Sunday, Art & Soul will take a more personal tack in conversations with the Phoenix Foundation's Samuel Flynn Scott, secular celebrant Hilary Ord, Australian artist Marcus McShane, poet Dominic "Tourettes" Hoey and teenage musical prodigy Eddie Johnston, aka Race Banyon.

"All these people have stories outside what they do that inform their work," says Russell. "Marcus is a cycle courier, Dominic lives with chronic illness, Sam is a family man in a business that sometimes makes that hard. It's Sunday: a time to talk about family, community, creativity and soul."

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