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AUCKLAND, Today: Lady Gaga’s creative director, and John Legend’s manager are two of the international line up of guest presenters announced for The Phoenix Summit – a new forum for creativity and innovation launching in Auckland this September.

The vision of music entrepreneur Hamish Pinkham, who co-founded New Zealand music festival Rhythm & Vines, The Phoenix Summit was born “to create a forum for inspiration across New Zealand’s creative and innovation sectors, and to lead the call for New Zealanders to rise up to meet the social challenges”.

Structured around a series of keynote talks, fireside chats and Q&A sessions, The Phoenix Summit will take place at Auckland’s Q Theatre on Saturday 14 September.

The first international guest presenters include festival producer Allison Shaw (founder/ceo of Manic Monkee), and Ty Stiklorius (the co-founder/ceo of entertainment and social-impact company Friends at Work, and the long-time manager of musician John Legend).

“Stories of success from innovators making waves in the creative world both at home and abroad.”

Also starring are Lady Gaga’s creative director Rob English, and local musician Mark Roach, who will present a keynote at the summit about Auckland recently becoming a Unesco-approved music city.

Additional international guests as well as local creatives making waves in their industries are due to be announced shortly.

“The Phoenix Summit is a chance to gather a network of Kiwis who have aspirations of change and connectivity,” says Pinkham.

“The event will be one that spurs important conversations and connections, bringing people together to hear stories of success from the innovators who are making waves in the creative world both at home and abroad.”

  • Tickets are on sale ($149) now from Q Theatre here

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