Adelaide Festival of Ideas

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Coordinates: 34°55′08″S 138°36′00″E / 34.91898°S 138.599986°E / -34.91898; 138.599986 The Adelaide Festival of Ideas has been held every two years since 1999, over a period of three or four days. From 1999-2010 it was held in July, and since 2011 it is held in October. It is held at venues throughout Adelaide in the alternative years to those of the long-established Adelaide Festival of Arts.

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The festival features a range of talks and panel discussions with national and international speakers, loosely organised around the common theme of ideas, and contemporary debates are given greater space for exploration. It is a space where an intelligent public can engage with some of the best thinkers across a wide range of intellectual endeavour. The festival has gained popularity, harnessing ideas, experience and intellect and attracting attendance from all states of Australia, and from overseas.

The 2005 Festival took the theme "What is to be done". Speakers included Peter C. Doherty, Germaine Greer and Stephen Schneider.

Presentations from the Festival have been periodically broadcast on Radio Adelaide on Sunday mornings, and were available on the Festival's website.

The board governing the Adelaide Festival of Ideas is made up of industry professionals with prolific arts experience; Sandra Sdraulig, Greg Knagge, Andrew Bovell, Wayne Lewis, Sue Maslin, Leanne Elise Thomas and Sam White.

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