Summer Sounds Symposium was founded in 1997 by Amy (Agnes-Mary)
Brooke, columnist, critic, commentator and children's writer.
Now known as the Summersounds Symposium, for its first decade the
peaceful and private high summer setting of this special gathering was
the beautiful Punga Cove, nestled in the bush-clad Endeavour Inlet of
the stunning Marlborough Sounds, a network of sheltered blue waters
at the top of New Zealand's scenic South Island.
Our new venue is the luxurious Vintner's Retreat, in Marlborough, at
the weekend of the winter solstice, surrounded by miles of vineyards,
with a little mud village opposite, a tiny chocolate factory not too
far away, and the fascinating new Blenheim Aviation Heritage Centre
nearby. Bicycles are provided for the adventurous to ride the long
country road, where its grand skyscapes can be viewed to best advantage.
precursor of the Knowledge Wave Conference (we did it first!) the
Summer Sounds Symposium was the inaugural New Zealand event
to bring together a genuine cross-section of individuals from the
academic, corporate, government-related, senior media and communication
sectors in robust, good-humoured, interdisciplinary debate. In great
company, national and international speakers and participants come
each year, from near and far, to contribute to the Symposium with
their knowledgeable, provocative and commonsense approaches to the
issues of the day.
the focus on the directions in which rightly or wrongly
we are heading, those attending have a unique opportunity to contribute,
to learn from exceptional speakers, to liaise afterwards, and to
form new friendships. The Sound's thinking ripples outwards!