Pause Fest 2021 goes virtual but aims to be biggest yet

Pause Fest has confirmed it will run its biggest event yet with its return in 2021 in a virtual format.

The 11th Pause Fest will migrate from its Melbourne home to the online world for the first time on March 1-12.

“Pause Fest has always been at the forefront of what is new and exciting,” said Pause Fest CEO George Hedon.

“Moving the event online doesn’t mean it’s Pause Fest on Zoom – no way. Next year’s festival is going to be unlike any other virtual event experience. We remain committed to delivering a festival that is as bespoke and awe-inspiring as the years before.”

Pause Fest’s transition to the online arena means the festival is expected to pull its largest crowd to date as it opens up to a truly global audience for the first time, with 20,000 tickets being made available. Pause Fest is also donating up to 10,000 festival tickets to the not-for-profit sector.

“Pause Fest has always strived to bring innovation into the everyday and for everyone,” said Hedon.

“Technology opens up so many new opportunities to enhance accessibility. Moving the festival online totally transforms how many people we can reach out to. Next year, we can truly welcome anyone and everyone to Pause Fest.”

The theme of Pause Fest 2021 is Changes, with a focus on how the best leaders are built in the hardest of times and our agility to respond and adapt to rapid changes.

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage and interact with over 100 speakers from Australia and around the world, including leaders from Google, Netflix, Afterpay, NASA and HyperloopTT.

“Instead of our usual three day format, Pause Fest 2021 will take place over a fortnight,” said Hedon.

“All of the sessions will be 50 per cent shorter than usual, as we know our online attention span is limited. Our goal is to create a program that gives attendees more valuable content, flexible viewing options and opportunities to engage with every aspect of the entire festival.”

NFP organisations are invited to fill in an expression of interest here to apply to the 10,000 ticket giveaway.