Pause Week of events

Pause Fest is more than just a conference; it's an entire experience. And with that in mind, we have organised a week of events that will run parallelly to the festival's main program. Expect networking, meetups, parties and more – all in the effort to give you an experience you will not forget.

MONDAY, 3 February

Pause Fest 2020 Ambassador Program – Touring Speaker (Private)   

Pause Fest goes on tour in Ballarat. This unique collaboration is part of the intent behind the Ballarat is Open project with three main events – a school session, interviews with our speakers and an evening session.

School Session: This interactive and engaging session provides Year 10 to 12 students across Ballarat's secondary schools a peek into the creative world of advertising. How are memorable brands created? How has technology transformed the industry? What are the potential career paths? All these questions and more will be explored in detail.

Venue: Ballarat Tech School Presentation Room – Level 1, 136 Albert St, Ballarat Central
2:00pm – 3:30pm

Evening Session: How does one rebrand a city? What does this process entail? What are the challenges we need to look out for when reinventing a city's image? As the City of Ballarat goes through its rebranding exercise, this session provides a timely insight into the concept of city rebranding from a socio-economic perspective.

Venue: Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St North, Ballarat Central
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Organisers: Pause Fest & City of Ballarat



TUESDAY, 4 February

Founders Night – #Pause2020 Opening Party by Shopify (Official)

Join us as we kick-off Pause Fest 2020 in style! Our official opening party at Common Man, South Wharf is an excellent opportunity to network, and connect with, peers, industry leaders, mentors and our Pause Fest 2020 speakers. Have a drink with your peers, get a T-shirt printed on the spot, win prizes at our giveaway and show us your moves on the dancefloor. We promise good music and a great time!

Venue: Common Man – 39 Dukes Walk, South Wharf
6.00pm - 9.00pm


Organisers: Pause Fest & Shopify



PitchFest and Networking Event for Muslim-Led Startups  

Youth and women entrepreneurs and tech-based startups, here's the opportunity to pitch your business or social impact idea for the chance to gain recognition and prizes. Plus, connect with potential team members, investors, mentors and service providers during the post-pitch networking event!
Venue: TBA
6.30pm - 9.30pm

Organiser: Sistrv8



WEDNESDAY, 5 February

VIP Welcome Dinner by Sargon (Private)

A dinner specially organised to welcome, and thank, our Pause Fest 2020 sponsors and international speakers. Sponsored by Sargon, this exclusive dinner at one of Melbourne’s most iconic venues features canapés on arrival followed by a shared banquet and specially curated beverages to match.

Venue: Higher Grounds, 650 Little Bourke St, Melbourne
7.00pm - 10.00pm

Organiser: Pause Fest & Sargon



DesignOps Melbourne Meetup

The DesignOps community helps you connect with others, share your experiences and level up your craft. In this unique collaboration with Pause Fest 2020, we'll hear from local creative agencies and how they adapt to the rapidly changing world of design tools and process.
Venue: MYOB – 167 Cremorne Street, Cremorne
6.00pm - 8.00pm


Organiser: DesignOps Melbourne



THURSDAY, 6 February

General Assembly Meetup: Tech Trends Report 2020

New technology is always changing the way we interact with the world and each other, and consequently, it impacts how we do business. Additionally, how do you know which trends are worth following, and which aren't? Join us for an evening with thought leaders spanning design, creativity, marketing, software engineering, data and business for an evening of lightning talks and discussion on the top emerging and ongoing tech trends for 2020.
Venue: General Assembly Melbourne – 12A, 45 William Street Melbourne
6.00pm - 8.00pm


Organiser: General Assembly



FRIDAY, 7 February

#Pause2020 New Odyssey Closing Party (Official)   

Another Pause Fest edition comes to an end and what better way to celebrate than with a kickass party! It's an excellent opportunity for you to catch up with the speakers and industry peers as you recap your Pause journey. Expect nothing short of a great time with a live band, DJs, an open bar and surprises.
Venue: Mission To Seafarers - 717 Flinders St, Docklands
6.00pm - 11.00pm


Organiser: Pause Fest



Festival No.23

Happening on the weekend after Pause Fest ends, Festival No.23 is an immersive music, arts and camping festival. It is a perfect weekend to reflect on your Pause Fest journey as you party in the beautiful Macedon Ranges accompanied by electronic beats and connect with like-minded people. Camping is free with hotel stay and glamping options available.

Venue: Lancemore Macedon Ranges   
7 - 9 February, Friday to Sunday


Organiser: Festival 23



SATURDAY, 8 February

VIP Yarra Valley Day Tour by Intrepid Travel (Private)   

Did someone say wine tasting? This exclusive day trip is organised for Pause Fest's sponsors and international speakers. Sponsored by Intrepid Travel, the day trip to Yarra Valley includes gourmet breakfast packs and tastings at Four Pillars Gin and Innocent Bystanders. Invite-only.
Venue: Various
Pick up 9:00am - Coach departs strictly at 9:15am from Pan Pacific Melbourne - 2 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf

Organisers: Pause Fest & Intrepid Travel