This is an exciting time to be alive, but it can be uncomfortable in the passenger seat.View 2018 program
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Live recordings are now available for most events thanks to our friends at Radio Adelaide. Explore the program to relive all the action.
6.30pm - 7.30pm | Thursday 12 July
5pm | Friday 13 July
5.30pm - 7pm (doors open 5.00pm) | Saturday 14 July
Since our audience discovered our first event one misty morning in 1999, The Adelaide Festival of Ideas has forged the path for ideas festivals in Australia and internationally.
Our purpose is to celebrate the life of the mind, particularly the public value of ideas, thinking and innovation as foundations of civil society, an informed democracy and a robust economy.
Though we have a handful of ticketed sessions, the overwhelming majority of our sessions are free admission so that the audience attends as citizens rather than customers.
We dedicate the 2018 Adelaide Festival of Ideas to Robyn Archer, a singer, mentor and grande dame of the arts in the nation; a woman defined by her warm enthusiams, and never by negativity. She is of Adelaide and of the world. Her energy and intellectual generosity are unstoppable.Listen now
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 as well as a rich tableau through which people can explore meaning and purpose – and be challenged and entertained. ART=IDEAS is just that.
New 2018 Location
In 2018 the Adelaide Festival of Ideas will be held in the vibrant west end of the Adelaide CBD. View the map to see the new locations.