An eclectic collision of technology, music, film and design will hit Wellington this November. The inaugural WLG-X will be held over five days (14-18 November) bringing together some of the world's most exciting innovators, from tech geeks to film gurus, aspiring musicians and serial entrepreneurs.
The festival lands courtesy of Terri van Schooten, an event organiser who has previously been involved with Wellington Sevens. She says WLG-X was inspired by the annual South By South West (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, which "celebrates the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries." In a similar fashion, the program for WLG-X allows attendees to map out their own festival experience — one ticket allows entry into anything and everything.
The WLG-XCHANGE will include a lineup of international leaders in tech, music, film and design at pitching events and hack-a-thons; WLG-XPO will feature the newest technology in an innovation showcase while offering opportunities at a jobs fair; WLG-XPERIENCE will be the place for attendees to let their XLR cables unravel as the Capital's best eateries host after-hours parties, meetups and film screenings; and WLG-XTENSION is for those looking to host or attend VIP sessions and events.
Speakers already announced include Aly Ehlinger, a talent buyer at C3 Presents which produces music festivals including Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. She will be joined by former NASA engineer Mark D. Moore, who is leading Uber's charge with short-range ridesharing aircraft, and Liz Manashil, a film director whose debut feature Bread and Butter was called "an absolute must-watch for women everywhere."
Elsewhere, Rhythm and Vines founder Hamish Pinkham is pulling together a lineup of performers and experts for the festival's music thread, and Global Film's Bryan Glick will curate the festival's film program.
WLG-X will takeover Taranaki Wharf and select Wellington venues from 14-18 November, 2018. Tickets start at $150 for students and go up to $740 for a full pass. For more information, visit wlg-x.com.