State Library presents more than 30 innovative thinkers at the Disrupted Festival

Tuesday 21 June 2016

This year’s Disrupted - Festival of Ideas at the State Library of Western Australia will be held on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July, and is centred on change.

It will explore the theme of small movements gathering momentum to seed big changes, with the provocative play on words subtitle of ‘Subject to Change’.

You can join over 30 change-makers in over 30 discussions, workshops, conversations and installations.

  • Big thinkers Waleed Aly, Dr Susan Carland and Liam Young will share their world and engage with the audience in open Q&A sessions.
  • Share in the intimate 60 minute conversations between mavericks for change; June Oscar & Victoria Laurie and Kevin Vinsen & Loren Kronemyer.
  • Join discussions and debates with leading advocates and thinkers on topics such as Connecting to Country, Taking Back the City and Dismantling Gender Politics.
  • Get involved with a series of interventions, installations and workshops.

CEO and State Librarian Margaret Allen said that she was delighted that the State Library had engaged a range of high-profile speakers, local advocates for change and international artists to take part in this year’s Disrupted Festival.

“The State Library will be buzzing on the last weekend of July 2016, when there will be keynote speakers, 'In Coversation' events, panel discussions, workshops, a youth-led radio station, pop-up bar and even barber shop appointments taking place all over the library.

“I’m sure that the weekend of events will once again bring forth new ideas, as well as stimulate debate and create controversy,” Ms Allen said.

Download the complete program of speakers and events at and plan your weekend of disrupted thought and changing ideas.

All events are free however places for some sessions are limited – see the program for booking details.

MEDIA CONTACT: Susan Parker  T: 9427 3153  M: 0451 255 074


Photographs and interviews available.

Last updated on: 26 August 2016