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Spark International Festival of Music, Media, Arts and Design 2017

Wintec's city campus in Hamilton will once again be lit with creativity in August as the 19th annual Spark Festival opens, bringing a collection of thought leaders and creatives in the music, media, arts and design industries to students and public alike.

Organised by Wintec's School of Media Arts, the festival unites industry leaders from around New Zealand and the globe, providing opportunities for attendees to hear from - and meet - the specialists and innovators in their respective industries. It is a dynamic week of learning and networking.

#SPARK17 will feature New Zealand's own type designer Kris Sowersby, whose work features in the brand identity of the festival this year. Other highlights include a conversation between Rhana Devenport and the artist known as Nell, a performance by singer/songwriter Hollie Smith, Kristine Crabb of the clothing label Miss Crabb, design agency Makebardo, critic/writer Anthony Byrt and a live podcast by On the Rag.

The programme runs from 14-17 August with presentations and panel discussions happening at Wintec's Gallagher Hub and workshops in assigned rooms around the city campus. Exhibitions, events and an after party will all take place in various city locations - see a copy of the Spark Festival programme at your local cafe or visit for more information, location details and a map.

Attendance is free but please download a ticket through Eventbrite so you can be scanned into the presentations. Places in workshops are limited so make sure you register on the Spark Festival website if there's a session you have your eye on!

Gallagher Hub, Wintec City Campus
Wintec, Tristram Street, Hamilton


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