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Welcome, Festival Opening + Abba Nazari: After the Tampa: SOLD OUT

Welcome, Festival Opening + Abba Nazari: After the Tampa: SOLD OUT

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  • Thu 7 Jul, 6:30pm – 8:00pm


ASB Theatre Marlborough , 2 Hutcheson St, Blenheim


All Ages

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  • General Admission: $25.00


ASB Theatre

Marlborough Book Festival: Festival opening followed by Abbas Nazari - McLaughlan Family Auditorium

We are thrilled to have Abbas Nazari as our guest for the opening event of the 2022 Marlborough Book Festival, in conversation with Paula Morris. Abbas was seven years old when his family fled the Taliban in Afghanistan, hoping to find a new home in Australia. The journey that followed, including a sinking fishing boat, heroic rescue by the Tampa container ship, and doors closed by the Australian Government, caught the world’s attention.

More than 20 years after the Nazari family was resettled in New Zealand, Abbas is a prominent advocate for refugees, was a semi-finalist for the 2022 Young New Zealander of the Year, and author of the best-selling memoir 'After the Tampa'. This evening begins with welcoming speeches to launch the festival, followed by an hour in which Abbas will talk of his journey, his experiences of thriving in a foreign country, and some lessons learned along the way.

We have limited the ticketing in the auditorium so you can choose to social distance if you would like to.

The 2022 Marlborough Book Festival runs from 6.30pm Thursday 7 July through to 5pm Sunday 10 July with a range of author sessions on across at the weekend at the ASB Theatre, Blenheim and Spy Valley Wines. More info at the Marlborough Book Festival website.

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