04 May 2017

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Announcing the keynote speakers – Karl Johnstone and Abid Hussain

Creative New Zealand is pleased to announce Karl Johnstone and Abid Hussain as the keynote speakers for Nui te Kōrero: Talking about Diversity.

Nui te Kōrero: Talking about Diversity
Wednesday 7 June 2016, Aotea Centre, Auckland

This year Nui te Kōrero: Talking about Diversity will examine why diversity and inclusion in the arts is important and how the arts can provide a platform for change.

The Art of Culturalpreneurship - Karl Johnstone

Karl Johnstone will provide insight into some of the initiatives he currently leads and his meaning of 'culturalpreneurship', including the need to take risks and to challenge convention, status quo and intergenerational complacencies. 

He will give examples of how developing opportunities from the heart of communities adds immeasurable depth and value to a kaupapa, to the community and to the organisations and audiences involved.   

Karl Johnstone Karl Johnstone lives in Gisborne and is the owner of Haumi (NZ) Ltd, a specialist cultural development business which initiates, develops and delivers projects of national and international significance in partnership with major organisations, iwi Māori and a network of international connections. He is also a member of Creative New Zealand's Council.

Karl specialises in concept and product development and strategy, and has extensive experience in cultural diplomacy initiatives, cultural centre and exhibition development, project direction, and content development. He is a regular presenter at international conferences and integrates his formal learning in fine arts and education with his passion and experience in kaupapa Māori (iwi driven initiatives).

Karl has worked in the cultural heritage sector for over twenty years including eight years at Te Papa and eight years as the director of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. He is also a member of Te Arataki Wānanga, a Māori advisory group for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

The Creative Case for Diversity - Abid Hussain

Abid Hussain will give us a virtual tour of Birmingham’s culture to show how organisations and artists are enriching the work they do by embracing a wide range of diverse influences and practices.

Drawing on his experiences over the past three years leading the Arts Council England's initiative, Creative Case for Diversity, Abid will challenge us to think afresh, ‘walk the talk’ and turn aspiration into action.

This video keynote will be followed by an interactive panel discussion with leading industry and cultural experts who will share their responses and experiences.

Abid Hussain Abid Hussain is Director of Diversity at Arts Council England, the national development agency for the arts. He is responsible for leading the organisation’s work on equality and the Creative Case for Diversity. He has over a decade of experience working in the arts and cultural sector with a particular interest in leadership, talent development and philanthropic giving. In 2016 Abid led on the design, development and launch of 4 new strategic funding programmes that have collectively invested over £11.8m to create new opportunities to advance diversity across the arts and cultural sector.

He is an alumnus of the Salzburg Global Seminar and U.S. International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP).  Abid has contributed extensively to conferences, symposiums and policy forums across Europe, North America, Asia and Africa presenting on Diversity Policy, Civic Engagement and developing future leaders.

When, where and how much?                  

  • Wednesday 7 June, 2017
  • Aotea Centre, Auckland
  • Early bird $195+ GST & booking fee per person (closes 15 May 2017)
  • Full price $225 + GST & booking fee per person
  • Buy tickets online

Please note: If you are travelling from outside Auckland, we strongly advise you to book your accommodation ASAP as there is a British Lion's game on 7 June in Auckland.

Who is Nui te Kōrero for?

Nui te Kōrero is for people working in arts organisations. There are 105 places left which will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. We welcome multiple registrations and aim to include a wide range of arts institutions in this event. However, if places become limited, priority will be given to staff from organisations in the Toi Tōtara Haemata or the Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes

Last year’s Nui te Kōrero sold out so don’t delay in registering! We look forward to seeing you there.

More information

The full programme will be announced online in May 2017. For further information please contact:

Jonathon Kelso


Helen Bartle