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New Festival Director for NZ International Science Festival

  • 01 Mar 2017

Dan Hendra, the man behind Dunedin’s inaugural Craft Beer and Food Festival and events run by the Otago University Students' Association over the past seven years, has been appointed as the new Director of the New Zealand International Science Festival.    

Announced at today’s AGM of the incorporated society behind the biennial event, Mr Hendra will lead next year’s festival after long-term director Chris Green stood down from the role last month. 

“I'm excited to get stuck into the role and looking forward to the new set of challenges it will bring,” says Mr Hendra.

“It's a very dynamic and exciting position and it will be an honour to continue on the great work the festival has achieved over the last 20 years. Without giving too much away, I have some fresh, new ideas I want to explore as well as continue to build on the existing popular events.”

Mr Hendra brings more than 12 years experience in events to the role, working as an events co-ordinator at OUSA from 2008-2012, before taking on the role as Events Manager in 2012. The following year, Mr Hendra founded the Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival – an annual event that attracts more than 6000 people, including 1500 out of town attendees and involves 90 companies – including, 70 from outside Dunedin. He has also managed various OUSA events, including Orientation, Tent City, the Capping Show, Battle of the Bands and various international food festivals.

NZ International Science Festival committee president Dr Michele Coleman says the team is thrilled to welcome Mr Hendra to the new role.

Says Dr Coleman: “Filling Chris Green’s shoes seemed a near impossible task – he has given so much to the role and massively grown the event. But we believe Dan brings an incredible skill set, fresh ideas and strong networks – particularly with youth – that will bring some exciting new changes to the Festival. We’re looking forward to working towards a wonderful new-look festival for 2018.”

Since 1997, the New Zealand International Science Festival has developed, managed and produced International Science Festivals in Dunedin (every other year since 1998).

The Festival aims to celebrate, promote and raise awareness of science, technology and the environment, encouraging people and organisations (educational, research, business and community) to participate in the promotion of their work in science and its applications and contributions to society.

Read the ODT article here 

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