Pause Fest

Pause Fest is the world’s leading creativity infused business event.

A catalyst for change, a uniter of all industries, Pause Fest is designed for progress.

We’ve been described as “Australasia’s SXSW” and as “Woodstock for digital natives” (shucks!). In 2018, we welcomed over 400 startups, 1200 businesses and over 35 media outlets from across Australia.

In fact, over the course of nine years, our event has seen 50,000 movers, shakers and creative change-makers come through its doors.

Held at Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square, the upcoming festival boasts Google, Amazon, Atlassian, Facebook, CERN, YouTube, Wired, Microsoft, NASA, Amazon and Airbnb alongside 200 local heroes and innovators.


The world’s leading creativity infused business event for creators, explorers and leaders will run across 6–8 February 2019. The festival’s theme is ‘Intimate Future’ and will focus on the topics that analyse human interaction with technology, how it’s challenging our social fabric and the possible consequences of this future.