Revived Festival of Ideas announces 2021 line-up

At the Relaunched Ideas Festival, journalist Stan Grant, ABC medical correspondent Norman Swan, and a panel of Australian “important elders” will talk about their hopes for the future, focusing on food.

The last festival in Adelaide in 2018 was revived as part of the July Illuminated Adelaide Winter Festival, with the University of Adelaide hosting a lineup of 27 events.

The list of speakers announced today includes journalist Stan Grant, writer Clementine Ford, body image advocate Taryn Brumfitt, ABC horticultural leader Costa Georgiadis, and artists. Starring Gavin Wanganine, a retired soccer player, and Ben Shewry, a chef.

Held from July 15th to July 18th, the festival focuses on indigenous issues with a “bright future” theme.

Grant will give a Gladys Elphick commemorative speech on the importance of the Aboriginal flag in a copyright controversy 50 years after the Aboriginal flag was first raised on Victoria Square.

Wanganeen, former Socceroo Bruce Djite, and Tanya Hoch, AFL General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy, will discuss racism in sports under the session title “Fair Game.”

Shewry of the famous restaurant Attica talks about turning enemies into friends in an increasingly polarized world, and Brumfitt and Ford discuss the impact of social media on body image and mental health.

Dr. Norman Swan, ABC’s Health Presenter, talks about the “positive” that came from the COVID-19 pandemic in a discussion with Mayor Sandy Verschoor of Adelaide.

The future of food will be on the agenda in a session titled “Souper Foods”. Participants will be presented with a souvenir mug containing the soup made by Shewry, which Georgiadis will discuss as part of the “From the Ground Up” panel. “Regenerated agriculture” and future farming methods.

Matt Stone offers a multi-course banquet for the Adelaide Festival of Ideas Dinner.

On the closing night, in a session called “Radiance”, you will see a panel of “Important Elders” discussing their heritage and hopes for the future. The panel includes art philanthropist Ulrike Crane, Victorian cultural leader Carilo Gantner, and University of Adelaide Prime Minister Catherine Branson.

A mix of ticketed and free events, the festival features Lee Cumberlidge and Rachael Azzopardi, co-creative directors of Illuminate, the University of Adelaide’s Rothganf, as well as guest curator Aboriginal advocate and journalist Kirstie Parker, a social entrepreneur. Curated by 2021. Isobel Marshall of the Young Australian of the Year, Director of Humanity at the South Australian Museum, Professor John Curty of the University’s National Aboriginal Language and Music Center (NCALMS).

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