"It is the oral traditions, the storytelling, the poems that keep our values and sense of identity alive. They fuel the on-going hunger for the knowledge of who we are, where we have come from; they fire the imagination to forge the way forward. Without this spoken word, this oral tradition, we lose connection with one another and we lose the ties of community. The Outspoken Festival is all about this oral tradition; it is about feeding the soul of the community that exists in the beautiful environs of the Wanaka region." Mark Raffills, poet and writer, 2014 Outspoken performer

We cannot thank enough the patrons, sponsors, partners and volunteers who are supporting this second edition of Outspoken. 

Our aim with Outspoken is engage everyone including people who might not necessarily come from a literary tradition, but could become our next celebrated performers or wordsmiths. Because of this, we try our best to keep ticket prices low. Without the support of our sponsors and patrons, we can neither do this, nor survive. So please join us in being outspoken.

Thank you Outspokenly


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Corporate sponsors

Performance champions & Outspoken Fellows 

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Talent Supporters

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 Word activists

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Media sponsors

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Partner venues

We would like to extend a special thank you to Lloyd Ferguson and Peter Marshall for the use of the Corbridge Barn. 

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Major Donor Luc Bohyn

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Novel Sara Crawford, Bill Day and anonymous

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Thank you for your generous product contributions Wanaka Living, U-Fly Wanaka, Good Rotations, Bois Gentil, Bistro Gentil, Maude Wines, Two Paddocks, Negociants, Minaret Peaks and Rippon vineyard

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Food Partner 

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