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Keynotes & Big Ideas

In this year’s opening keynote address, Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World, to be presented in Ballarat and Melbourne, acclaimed British actor, writer and director Simon Callow draws from his latest biography to explore the life of literary giant Charles Dickens, 200 years after the author’s birth.

The opening weekend also celebrates a literary coup with an all-star team from the internationally iconic magazine, The New Yorker featuring  editorial director Henry Finder, eminent art critic Peter Schjeldahl, staff writer David Grann, pop-music critic Sasha Frere-Jones and cartoonist Roz Chast.   

And in the final week of Festival, one of our most provocative thinkers Germaine Greer contemplates the vagaries of an Australian language in Speaking Australian, and Robert Dessaix considers the particular pleasures of aging in a society infatuated with youth in The Time of Our Lives.

 


Simon Callow

Thursday 23 Aug 2012 at 07.00 pm

Keynote: Simon Callow: Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World

Proudly supported by the Graduate School of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Melbourne 
 Simon Callow  

Venue: Melbourne Town Hall
Code: 1101
Price: Keynote - Full ($40.00), Keynote - Concession ($30.00)

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Friday 24 Aug 2012 at 06.30 pm

Big Ideas: New News: GOTCHA! - A Hypothetical in Three Acts

Proudly presented by the Centre for Advanced Journalism at the University of Melbourne, supported by Melbourne Press Club and Copyright Agency Limited

Gay Alcorn, Nick McKenzie, Andrew Crook, Justin Quill, Kathy Bowlen, Neil Mitchell, Peter Clarke

Venue: BMW Edge
Code: 1206
Price: Big Ideas - Full ($30.00), Big Ideas - Concession ($27.00)

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Friday 24 Aug 2012 at 08.30 pm

Keynote Address: An Evening with The New Yorker

Proudly supported by the Hart Line subfund of Australian Communities Foundation

Roz Chast, Henry Finder, Peter Schjeldahl, Sasha Frere-Jones, David Grann

Venue: Melbourne Town Hall
Code: 1207
Price: NY Keynote - Full ($50.00), NY Keynote - Concession ($40.00)

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Saturday 25 Aug 2012 at 06.30 pm

Big Ideas: Alan Missen Oration: Literature and Global Citizenship

Proudly supported by Liberty Victoria and the Alan Missen Foundation

Spencer Zifcak SC, Kwame Anthony Appiah

Venue: BMW Edge
Code: 1306
Price: Big Ideas - Full ($30.00), Big Ideas - Concession ($27.00)

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Simon Callow

Saturday 25 Aug 2012 at 07.00 pm

Keynote: Simon Callow: Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World (Ballarat)

Brought to you by the City of Ballarat and proudly supported by 107.9 ABC Ballarat
Simon Callow

Venue: Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts, Ballarat
Code: 9351
Price: External Ticketing

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Sunday 26 Aug 2012 at 06.30 pm

Big Ideas: Indigenous Exceptionalism

Proudly supported by Ricci Swart

Marcia Langton, Michael Webster

Venue: BMW Edge
Code: 1406
Price: Big Ideas - Full ($30.00), Big Ideas - Concession ($27.00)

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Tuesday 28 Aug 2012 at 06.30 pm

Big Ideas: Telling the World's Stories: What Happens when the Journalists Leave?

Proudly supported by One Just World

Dorothy Wickham, Andy Carvin, Susanna Hla Hla Soe, Domenic Friguglietti, Jo Chandler 

Venue: BMW Edge
Code: 1605
Price: Free Bookings Required

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Thursday 30 Aug 2012 at 06.30 pm

Queen Victoria Women's Centre Keynote Address: Speaking Australian with Germaine Greer

Proudly supported by Queen Victoria Women's Centre

Germaine Greer, Vivia Hickman

Venue: Athenaeum Theatre
Code: 9803
Price: Keynote - Full ($40.00), Keynote - Concession ($30.00)

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Friday 31 Aug 2012 at 06.30 pm

Big Ideas: John Button Oration: Cultural Pluralism in a Time of Fear

Brought to you by the U.S. Consulate General, Melbourne, and proudly supported by the John Button Foundation and the Philip and Vivien Brass Charitable Foundation

Martha Nussbaum

Venue: BMW Edge
Code: 1906
Price: Big Ideas - Full ($30.00), Big Ideas - Concession ($27.00)

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Saturday 01 Sep 2012 at 06.30 pm

Big Ideas: The Second World War

Antony Beevor

Venue: BMW Edge
Code: 1107
Price: Big Ideas - Full ($30.00), Big Ideas - Concession ($27.00)

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Saturday 01 Sep 2012 at 08.00 pm

Big Ideas: Obama's Big Ideas

Proudly supported by The Wheeler Centre

Martin Indyk

Venue: BMW Edge
Code: 1108
Price: Big Ideas - Full ($30.00), Big Ideas - Concession ($27.00)

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Sunday 02 Sep 2012 at 07.30 pm

Closing Night Keynote Address: Robert Dessaix: The Time Of Our Lives

Proudly supported by The Wheeler Centre

Robert Dessaix

Venue: BMW Edge
Code: 1117
Price: Big Ideas - Full ($30.00), Big Ideas - Concession ($27.00)

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