WORD festival pivots on

We’ve all done our fair share of pivots lately, but we have to hand it to the WORD festival, which has pulled off the mother of all pivots to deliver a revised programme of events and give us all something to look forward next month – 10 to 13 November.



UC is a proud partner of WORD and we share their passion for ideas, connection and amazing writing across the board.

If you won tickets to WORD events way back in August, the team will be in touch to let you know if your event is still on.

If you want to buy tickets to events, please do, the arts sector needs your aroha and support, and you need to know about these amazing and inspiring opportunities:

After the Tampa with Abbas Nazari and Helen Clark (via zoom link), chaired by Ekant Veer has moved to the Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, Christchurch Town Hall so there are now more tickets on sale.

The festival has gained two outstanding international writers, Helen Garner and Ruth Ozeki, in The Faraway Near, the custom-built digital venue that was created for just these challenging times. Tickets for both these new events are on sale now.

The faraway Near: Tommy Orange (Cheyenne, Arapaho) the author of There There, an electrifying, multi-layered story about a version of America that few of us have seen: the lives of urban Native Americans.

And there is much, much more to dive into plus many events will have livestream online tickets released soon.

We all need a little inspiration so do treat yourself, take a break from marking, or get away from your computer, and get yourself along to an event that fills your bucket and makes you smile (or laugh or cry or all of the above).