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Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2016

In 2016, we joined almost 50 thinkers who challenged our thinking and nipped at our conscience over 24 sessions and 12 panel discussions including:

  • Activist, author and co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter Alicia Garza who appeared with Stan Grant
  • Commentators, sporting figures and experts talking legalising drugs in sport
  • Commentator Andrew Bolt who took over “How Many Dangerous Ideas Can One Person Have?”
  • Former Black Flag front man Henry Rollins commentated the blood sport that is US politics
  • The Economist’s Environment Correspondent Miranda Johnson, who talked fishing the high seas
  • Author and journalist Lionel Shriver who argued for breaking the rules
  • Visual artist and author Molly Crabapple brought her memoir of art, activism and anti-authoritarianism
  • Author Philippe Legrain who suggested forgetting about border protection


The Ethics Centre set up our regular coffee haven in the Drama Theatre Foyer for the weekend, offering festival-goers a space to relax between sessions. It was also home to our interactive art installation that explores what matters most to us all. Thanks to everyone who came along and started conversations that matter. 

If you missed out or want to re-live the experience, check out the photo album below.

Images by Kathy Luu.