2970° The Boiling Point: Practising Democracy
The Arts Centre Gold Coast
7-9 September 2017

2970° is the boiling point of gold.

The point where transformation occurs.

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2970° Practising Democracy
7-9 September 2017
The Arts Centre Gold Coast 
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Held on the Gold Coast every two years, 2970° is more than a festival of ideas and art.

It is a cultural provocation that inspires future-focussed conversation.

Four Provocative Thinkers

Julian Assange

Julian Assange is the world’s first true internet radical; a publisher and activist who used the internet to transform the relationship between the weak and the powerful. He is the face of WikiLeaks, famous for releasing secret information of corrupt governments, unaccountable corporations, and occupying militaries.

Julian Assange is presenting his keynote via live video link from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro

Hiroshi Ishiguro is not your usual scientist. As one of the world’s foremost experts on robots and androids, when he was growing up in Japan he wanted to be an oil painter.

“I believe that we have to have an artistic mind as scientists. The foundation of what we do is reading a lot of papers, gathering information and doing experiments, but intuition and feeling the way forwards is something that has been an advantage for me.”

Image: Osaka University

Van Badham

Van Badham is a Melbourne-based feminist writer, theatre-maker, critic, trade unionist, activist, occasional broadcaster and one of Australia’s most controversial public intellectuals.

Van is a political columnist and culture critic for The Guardian Australia and is Vice-President of MEAA Victoria as well as being the award-winning writer of more than 30 internationally produced plays for stage, music theatre and radio.

Kyle Slabb

Kyle Slabb is often found sifting through the wreckage at the collision point of two cultures. With ancestral ties crossing Gudjinburra, Bundjalung and Yugambeh (and a few others you’ve probably never heard of), Kyle is a cultural leader who credits art as the voice of Aboriginal people. He is currently enjoying the exploration of this conversation in front of many audiences from Government to grassroots community.

Six Citizen Respondents

Robyn Archer

Robyn Archer is a singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate for the arts. She is the Chair of the Arts Centre Gold Coast as well as being an internationally celebrated speaker on humanities and the arts. Robyn is an Officer of the Order of Australia, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France) and Officer of the Crown (Belgium), as well as holding honorary doctorates from Flinders University, Griffith University , and the Universities of Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide.
Image: Claudio Raschella Photography

Mara Bún

Mara Bún’s interest in deliberative democracy emerged at the 1998 Food Gene Technology Consensus Conference, as part of a citizen’s jury that transformed Australia’s GMO regulatory settings. She is Chairman of the Board of Gold Coast Waterways Authority, and holds board appointments with Ethical Investment Ltd Enova Community Energy.

Philip Follent

Philip Follent is a lifetime Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects; applauded for exemplary contribution to the architectural profession, in the area of social, environmental and heritage advocacy, design expertise and an inspired approach to urban development. He was the inaugural Head of the Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University on the Gold Coast.

Leila Gurruwiwi

Leila Gurruwiwi is a cultural awareness advocate and mentor. She has combined a successful media career, including 10 years as a reporter and newsreader on The Marngrook Footy Show, with community pursuits such as mentoring young girls in the Wirrpanda Foundation's Deadly Sista Girlz program and tutoring at the Pavillion School, a school for young people who have been disengaged or excluded from mainstream education.

Yasmin Khan

Yasmin Khan is a tireless community campaigner; breaking down barriers, standing up for women who don't have a voice and campaigning against domestic violence in multi-cultural communities. With an Australian heritage stretching back 130 years, Yasmin creates connections to show how Muslims have made a great contribution to Australia. She is the 2017 Australian of the Year (Qld) Local Hero Award winner.

Professor Nikos Papastergiadis

Professor Nikos Papastergiadis is the Director of the Research Unit in Public Cultures, at The University of Melbourne. He has provided strategic consultancies for government agencies on issues relating to cultural identity and has worked in collaborative projects with many artists and theorists of international repute.

Skilled moderators leading small group discussions, culminating in a vote by event participants on a proposed rule, law or protocol of future democracy

And a bunch of awesome artists and creators.