Festival of Ideas is here!

The Adelaide Festival of Ideas began in 1999 and forged the path for ideas festivals in Australia. In July, each year speakers and the public come together in a program of presentations, keynote lectures, conversations and panel discussions to address a rich combination of blue-sky thinking and the pressing issues of our times. The purpose is to celebrate the life of the mind, particularly the public value of ideas, thought-leadership and innovation as foundations of civil society, an informed democracy and a robust economy.

As part of this year’s festival thought-provoking speakers from across disciplines and around the world have been mixed in exciting ways to challenge the way we think. These include scientists of all kinds, philosophers, social impact and environmental activists, journalists, former politicians, historians, architects, economists, educationalists, theologians and film makers.

In 2018, over three days and nights in mid July (12-15) thought leaders, innovators and international speakers will debate, discuss and disseminate ideas in a festival culture of sharing and inclusion. Carolyn Curtis, CEO TACSI and Dr Ingrid Burkett will be hosting a session exploring the innovation, impact and ideas that are shaping our systems and world we live in.


The full program will be released on 20 June and will be available on the website or in the July edition of Adelaide Review.