Munaintyanangku, tunturri. (Always was, always will be)

Illuminate Adelaiderlu Kaurna Miyurna yaitya mathanya Wama Tarntanyaku tampinthi (Illuminate Adelaide acknowledges the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains)

Yaintya yartangka ngadlu tikanthi, kuma tirkanthi, kuma warpulayinthi. (These are the lands we live, learn and work on)

Ngadlurlu Purkarna pukinangku, yalarra, kuma tarrkarritya tampinthi. (We pay our respects to Elders past, present, and emerging)

Translation provided, with thanks, by Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi

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Adelaide Festival of Ideas

Various speakers

15 July to 18 July

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Thu 15 July - Sun 18 July


The University of Adelaide, various venues


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Returning in 2021 to a world reshaped by extraordinary upheaval, and in partnership with the University of Adelaide, the Adelaide Festival of Ideas is back to illuminate the challenges and opportunities of our time.

A global pandemic, environmental crises and reckonings across our social and political spheres have shaken up long-held institutions and assumptions, placing us at a once-in-a-generation crossroad.

Guest curators Kirstie Parker, Isobel Marshall and Prof John Carty will assemble distinguished leaders and trailblazers in areas of social impact, sustainability, innovation, culture, equality and our place in a shifting world.

Full program now announced.

Meet our Guest Curators

Kirstie Parker is a Yuwallarai Aboriginal woman from north-western NSW, now living on Kaurna country in Adelaide, South Australia. Since 2017, Kirstie has been the Director, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (AAR) within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and is a long-time Director of Reconciliation Australia, the peak national organisation building and promoting reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians. She is also a member of the Aboriginal Reference Group for the Aboriginal Arts and Culture Centre planned for Adelaide.

In 2018, Kirstie won the David Unaipon Award for an unpublished Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writer (Queensland Literary Awards) and her book The Making of Ruby Champion (working title) will be published by the University of Qld Press.

Isobel Marshall, 2021 Young Australian of the Year, is the Co-Founder and Director of Health and Education at TABOO Sanitary Products. She also studies Medicine at the University of Adelaide.

At 18 years of age, together with 17 year old Eloise Hall, Isobel Marshall crowd-funded $56,000 to launch their range of high quality, ethically sourced, organic cotton pads and tampons. They sell to the Australian market with 100% of net profits donated to Charity partner OneGirl, and all business activities are dedicated to eradicating period poverty and challenging menstrual stigma locally and abroad.

The TABOO team has a strong focus on the education of Australian students through schools and campaigns, aiming to change the conversation around periods and increase the understanding and respect of menstruation across all demographics and genders.

John Carty is the Head of Humanities at the South Australian Museum, responsible for one of the most significant collections of Aboriginal art and cultural heritage in the world. He is Director of the National Centre for Aboriginal Languages and Music (NCALMS) at the University of Adelaide and is currently serving on the National Commission for UNESCO.

Throughout his career John has worked extensively with Aboriginal custodians throughout Australia on art, history and social justice projects. These have led to pioneering public scholarship in the form of major exhibitions and publications and new models of collaborative practice. His interests lie in the silences of Australian history, and the structural reform required within cultural institutions, education systems, and our national story-telling, to address those silences.

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Image: Wangu Poles, Kaurna Learning Circle, Karra Wirraparinangku, University of Adelaide by Paul Herzich and Oxigen.

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