Find out about a better world at the State Library of WA’s Disrupted Festival

Disrupted Festival
Disrupted Festival includes discussions and activities for all ages

State Library WA presents the Disrupted Festival of Ideas on Saturday 7 November.

The event, held at the Perth Cultural Centre, is full of panels, discussions and activities for both adults and kids, as well as a projected light display.

The event will run all day, from 10am to 10pm.

The theme of the event is ‘a better world’ and includes 11 interesting panels to discuss ideas about how we can live in a better world.

Leading the panel discussions will be Stan Grant who will talk about what a better world looks like for him.

Nature Play WA’s Griffin Longley talks about the power of the outdoors in a COVID-19 world and the disrupted family life.

Other panels take a look into what Cancel Culture really means; what the US election means for Australia and the world; what a better world looks like for young people; how architects are working toward better buildings and better cities; modern slavery of women and girls; homelessness in Western Australia; technology and the future of sport; and the Holy Heretics talk about faith and activism. 

In the evening, the library will put on their amazing light and sound projection on the facade of the State Library.

A West Australian super group will play two sets of purely Western Australian hits and join Uncle Ron Branfield Jnr for a virtual giant fireside yarn where he’ll be telling personal stories.

Culture and Arts Minister David Templeman is excited for this year’s event.

“I am really looking forward to this year’s Disrupted Festival at the State Library of Western Australia. It promises to bring lots of people into the Cultural Centre, which will see an upsurge in activation due to the opening of the WA Museum Boola Bardip in November.

“The sound and light projection promises to be a highlight, along with the WA super band that will be playing all WA hits,” he said.

The State Library’s CEO Margaret Allen is also looking forward to the event.

“The Library is proud to present Disrupted. The State Library of Western Australia is committed to the promotion of ideas and debate, and Disrupted is a concrete example of this.”

“I know that in the past Have a Go readers have been strong supporters of this festival and I hope this support continues this year.”

The festival will run slightly differently this year, Ms Allen said.

“Because of COVID-19 restrictions the Festival will be held on two stages, one inside on the first floor of the library and the other outside.”

“There will be more than ten panels and talks to choose from, including talks on re-connecting children with nature, the US elections, modern slavery, cancel culture, better buildings and better cities, the future of sport and more,” she said.

“Dip into the festival for a few hours and then perhaps have a bite to eat in Northbridge and then back to Disrupted.” 

Remember to wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen.

The Disrupted Festival is just one of the many free events and services that the State Library run, such as the Western Australian Literary Alliance, teaching and family resources, and a justice of the peace signing centre for the witnessing of legal documents, as well as regular library services.

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