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  • About

    Spark is free and open to the public.

    Seats are available on a first come first served basis.  Students receive a Spark loyalty card to gather clicks and enter into a prize draw for the most clicks.

    If you wish to bring a group to any Spark, please contact us at least 24 hours before the time of the speaker or event you’d like to attend to reserve your seats.   Contact: Susanna.Wilford@wintec.ac.nz .


    Wintec’s School of Media Arts initiated Spark in 1998 as a means for Media Arts students to access and share thinking with national and international practitioners at a level rarely available in Hamilton.

    Spark has been a dynamic annual event ever since and has, without fail, attracted an impressive list of presenters who work at the cutting edge of their profession. Each year Spark invites between 12 and 20 visiting speakers to Hamilton.

    The Spark International Festival of Media, Arts and Design has been gathering momentum in the last few years and is becoming a nationally recognised event. Click here to visit Spark websites from 2001 – 2009.

    The festival is professionally produced by Wintec School of Media Arts  in close collaboration with artists, practitioners, academics and educators from a range of organisations.  This year’s working group  includes representation  from within the School and with local partners such as Waikato Museum, Soda Inc. and the Cultural Committee of the  University of Waikato.

    The aim of Spark is to provide this particular experience for our audience by offering specialised presentations and first-hand practical workshops by invited artists from the world of  film, fashion, photography, graphic design, music, painting & sculpture, performance art, TV media and journalism.  Spark is a distinctive event where practitioners from a variety of artistic domains come together to establish creative inter-media dialogues in the conducive atmosphere of like-minded people.  In the true spirit of a creative mix, the range of disciplines is neither industry nor art-form specific.