2017 Disrupted Festival of Ideas opens today

Saturday 29 July 2017
  • Disrupted Festival of Ideas to run Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 at State Library
  • Keynote speakers Tara Moss, Tiernan Brady and Kon Karapanagiotidis will feature in free events
  • About 2,500 people are expected to attend, increasing vibrancy and activity in the Cultural Centre 

A comprehensive program of free activities and speakers will feature at the State Library of Western Australia this weekend, including Tara Moss, Tiernan Brady and Kon Karapanagiotidis.

Disrupted Festival of Ideas, which is in its fourth year, aims to inspire conversation, provoke ideas and encourage change.

This year, the program will explore concepts of survival and endurance throughout an extensive program of inspirational presentations, question and answer sessions, discussion panels, conversations and immersive experiences.

The opening presentation by lawyer, social worker and teacher Kon Karapanagiotidis titled 'A Fair Go' explores first-hand experiences with asylum seekers; as well as how innovative approaches to the drivers of migration, including climate change, natural disasters and human made crises, can lead to long-term resilience building efforts.

All festival events are free but registration is required for some sessions. Visit https://slwa.wa.gov.au for more information and to download the full program. All events will also be streamed State-wide, ensuring access for all Western Australians.

Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:

"This is a festival that is bound to be lively and entertaining, as well as provocative and controversial.

"A number of local and international personalities, big thinkers, activists, academics, artists, scientists, comedians and writers will come together to reflect on the various ways resilience is expressed in the modern world.

"I urge community members to disturb their weekend, unsettle their views and disrupt the library by joining the discussion panels, engagement activities and workshops, together with exploring the views of the keynote speakers."

Last updated on: 5 September 2017