Festival of Ideas saved by its founder

Posted: Tuesday 9 February

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 him.

He has established a not-for-profit organisation to oversee the event which will re-emerge in Adelaide in October 2016.

The festival was held every two years from 1999, and was due to be run this spring before the Government dumped it due to a tightening arts budget. The last festival in 2013 saw more than 30,000 attend the various events.

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