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  • 2018 AFoI Dedication – Robyn Archer

    Posted: Monday 5 March, 2018

    From cautious beginnings in 1999, every Adelaide Festival of Ideas since 2001 has been dedicated in honour of a great Australian whose contribution to the world of ideas and public life has been exemplary. The 2018 Adelaide Festival of Ideas Dedication recognises Robyn Archer AO. Robyn Archer joins ...

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  • Morris Gleitzman – Australian Children’s Laureate

    Posted: Monday 5 March, 2018

    Newly announced Children’s laureate Morris Gleitzman will be our guest at AFoI 2018, sharing lots of his ideas with us, including a challenge to the way many adults view children’s literature. For more than 30 years Morris Gleitzman has written celebrated books for young people – som...

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  • From the Archive – Hanan Ashrawi

    Posted: Monday 5 March, 2018

    At the very first AFoI in 1999, we invited Hanan Ashrawi as a guest. A little-known spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority, her clarity and reason were hallmarks of that event and of her cause. Along with Paul Collins and Gerard Henderson, and chaired by the redoubtable Morag Fraser, Hanan spok...

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  • Art = Ideas

    Posted: Monday 5 March, 2018

    For 20 years The Adelaide Festival of Ideas has been a gathering point for the exchange of ideas and a celebration of the life of the mind. Since time immemorial art has provided humanity with ways to express ideas, truth and emotions in different languages. ART=IDEAS is just that. In July 2018, alo...

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  • The University of Adelaide 2017 Cultural Oration: Finding the Next Wave: Innovation and its Discontents

    Posted: Wednesday 26 July, 2017

    On July 13th 2017 Adelaide Festival of Ideas founder and chair Greg Mackie OAM presented the University of Adelaide 2017 Cultural Oration. Finding the Next Wave: Innovation and its Discontents Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I acknowledge that we meet here on the traditional lands of the Kaurna p...

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  • The sun rises in the west: AFoI makes its move!

    Posted: Thursday 6 July, 2017

    The Adelaide Festival of Ideas is making a leap in time and space, announcing that the much-loved event will be returning in 2018 – and to its original dates in July. “From 12-15 July 2018 great achievers and audiences new and old will be warming up in the West End of Adelaide with a 3-day &...

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  • Event: Antarctica: Past, Present and Futures

    Posted: Saturday 20 May, 2017

    Three specialists explore the one unique territory from different perspectives. Join us for this special presentation featuring three world renowned local scientists and writers as they share their recent experiences travelling to the home of the blizzard. Booking and further information coming soon...

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  • Event: Transforming Work with Trebor Sholz

    Posted: Thursday 18 May, 2017

    During the AFoI2016, you may have attended sessions featuring international guest Michel Bauwens addressing issues concerning the sharing economy. These issues continue to raise serious questions in the public discourse concerning the future of labour markets and potential for both good and bad of a...

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  • The 20th Don Dunstan Oration

    Posted: Sunday 23 October, 2016

    The Courage Party? Climbing out of the political abyss. Bonython Hall, University of Adelaide Saturday, 22 October 2016 PRESENTED BY THE INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AUSTRALIA (IPAA) WITH WALLMAN’S LAWYERS   Australia is in a political abyss. How do we climb out of it? Do we need a &#...

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  • Art at the Heart of AFOI

    Posted: Monday 17 October, 2016

    The arts feature prominently in the 2016 Adelaide Festival of Ideas with poets, philosophers, curators, cultural activists and artists all finding places in the program. View the full arts program Home Saturday 22/10 6.30PM At our Saturday night special event, poets, story tellers and musicians come...

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  • Vice Chancellors step up to support iconic ideas festival

    Posted: Friday 16 September, 2016

    Ideas are big business in the world today. Our universities are in the ideas business and so too is civil society. That’s why, after 16 years, the Vice Chancellors of South Australia’s three public universities are continuing to back The Adelaide Festival of Ideas (AFoI) as a free event ...

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  • Erin Brockovich in Adelaide

    Posted: Saturday 20 August, 2016

    The Adelaide Festival of Ideas (AFoI) is delighted to announce that Erin Brockovich will make an Australian public appearance at the 2016 Adelaide Festival of Ideas (21-23 October). A legal clerk turned environmental activist, Brockovich gained international recognition for her courageous efforts to...

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  • 2016 Adelaide Festival of Ideas dedicated to Phillip Adams

    Posted: Tuesday 30 August, 2016

    The Adelaide Festival of Ideas Inc. (AFoI) is proud to announce Australia’s Living Treasure, Phillip Adams, AO, FAHA, FRSA as it’s Festival Dedicatee, a tradition that recognises the significant contribution of individuals to Australian public life and thought leadership. AFoI founder and board ...

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  • Get along to Adelaide Festival of Ideas

    Posted: Monday 15 August, 2016

    The Adelaide Festival of Ideas (AFoI) is a treasured South Australian public event that this year sits at the heart of Open State. Since its inception in 1999, AFoI has been Adelaide’s signature celebration of the importance of ideas in an active democracy. The first of its kind in Australia in 19...

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  • Make or Break

    Posted: Thursday 11 February, 2016

    So here we are, well into the second decade of the twenty-first century of the current era. Many of us will say that we are in a load of trouble: a world increasingly stricken by climate change, struggling economic systems, irresolvable political, religious and social conflicts, and more. Yet, along...

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  • How Adelaide’s Festival of Ideas started a national trend

    Posted: Wednesday 10 February, 2016

    Excerpt from The Australian, Life – November 21, 2015 Adelaide might be anxious about building submarines, but it’s way ahead in the building of festivals. Writers’ festivals, film festivals. Arts, fringe and cabaret festivals. Children’s, food, music and fashion festivals. OzAsia and WOMADe...

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  • Festival of Ideas saved by its founder

    Posted: Tuesday 9 February, 2016

    Exerpt from InDaily, September 04, 2015 South Australia’s Festival of Ideas will return in 2016. The State Government withdrew funding for the event earlier this year but the festival’s founder, former senior public servant Greg Mackie, has convinced Premier Jay Weatherill to return ownership to...

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  • Everybody’s talking at festivals of ideas

    Posted: Wednesday 10 February, 2016

    An excerpt from The Australian October 01, 2011 Greg Mackie may not have shown it, but he was petrified. It was midwinter 1999 and, with just hours to go before the key event of Adelaide’s first Festival of Ideas, ticket sales were lousy, if not disastrous. The festival — an ideas foru...

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