3 speakers you should not miss at Hello Ambassador 2014
The 2nd edition of the Hello Ambassador conference will be held on the 17th and 18th of October 2014 at the State Theatre in Pretoria. The conference will celebrate 20 years of creative freedom and will feature some of the best South African creative talent over two days. Conference goers can look forward to insets from acclaimed CEO’s, local entrepreneurs, well-known musicians and award-winning artists – all leaders in various creative fields.
Here are 3 speakers you should not miss at Hello Ambassador 2014:
Liam Lynch (Photographer): Portraits shot by Liam Lynch have become synonymous with the rock culture of South Africa and its youth who grew up in direct proportion to it. He had an Instamatic camera as a kid (that apparently never really interested him). When he was 20 years old and studying Journalism at TUT (then Techikon Pretoria) he used a borrowed camera to photograph student riots.
His work soon appeared on every front page in South Africa and a few months later (whilst almost getting shot in the face with a rubber bullet) he got an image into the New York Times. Lynch also does commissioned work for brands like Red Bull, Nike and Levi’s and has toured Europe with SA bands. He has also done many shoots on many local projects and his last exhibition was in Paris in 2013.
Louis Minnaar (Director / Animator / Designer / Illustrator / Musician / All-round artist): This truly talented individual completed his degree in Visual Communication in 2009 and founded his own company (Louis Minnaar Creative Visual Design) in 2010. He has produced work (often in collaboration with other industry professionals) for brands like Nokia, Hyundai and ABSA and has worked with agencies like Ogilvy, Trigger Isobar and Jupiter Drawing Room. Minnaar is also the brain behind many of the music videos for SA’s top musical acts (like Die Heuwels Fantasties and Van Coke Kartel) and he’s also a member of Afrikaans rap ‘n roll act Bittereinder.
Mike Sharman (Co-founder Retroviral & Webfluential): He may like pink drinks, sunny side up eggs and being the small spoon, but Mike Sharman was named one of the Mail & Guardian’s top 200 young South Africans in 2013 and has co-founded two brilliant digital companies. Retroviral is an award winning digital communications agency that creates online word of mouth for brands using bespoke strategy, social media, and web tactics. This agency has been responsible for doing social / digital campaigns for brands like Nando’s, 5 Gum, Douwe Egberts and Castle Lager. Webfluential is a brand new platform that establishes relationships between consumers and brands through influencers.
Besides these 3 brilliant speakers, conference goers can also expect talks from Roger Ballen (Photographer & Artist), Abey Mokgwatsane (CEO – Ogilvy & Mather SA), Tim Horwood (Creative Director – Viacom, Channel Director – MTV Base), Ryan Brussow, Mariana O’Kelly (Co-Executive Creative Director – Ogilvy and Mather SA), Kagiso Lediga (Actor, Comedian, Writer, Producer), Kojo Baffoe, Michelle Constant, Michael Leslie, Uno de Waal and many more creative industry experts.
Hello Ambassador 2014 will assist local brands and companies to promote their inspired artifacts and services by providing them with a trading space. Emerging creatives and conference goers can also enter a design competition and will also be treated to a street festival featuring live graffiti, breakdancing, beatboxing and more on the 18th.
The after party for Hello Ambassador 2014 will take place at The Sheds (a newly revamped warehouse venue located on Helen Joseph street opposite the Reserve bank) on the 18th. The party starts at 6 PM and entrance will be free for conference goers. Members of the public can also attend the party – entry will cost only R80. The after party line-up includes local talent like Shadowclub. DJ Kenzhero, The Ts & Cs, AV shows and more.
Hello Ambassador 2014 tickets are available at Computicket and range from R250 to R600. Discount options are available to scholars, students and block bookings of ten or more people. Only 500 seats are available at the conference. For more info please visit the Hello Ambassador website. You are also welcome to check out the Hello Ambassador Facebook page or follow @HelloAmbassador on Twitter.
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