Festival Muse is a long weekend of events that gathers together writers, thinkers, activists and artists to celebrate passion in all its forms. It’s fun, fabulous and you don’t need to pack a suitcase to travel across the literary, political and culinary landscape of Australia. Our little capital city is teeming with talent so get excited as we celebrate curiosity, conversation, creativity and consonance over damn fine coffee and canapés. Let's get festive!
Launching this Festival Muse we want the backstory on how these prominent locals got turned on to politics or passionate about their field of work. Was it a person, a book, an incident, or a moment? We're exploring the lightbulb moments and hidden drivers behind being personally and politically engaged with Zoya Patel, Michael Brissenden, Roland Peelman and more. Plus - join us for post event launch drinks and canapés!
Join us as, for the fist time in Canberra, formidable father and daughter winemakers Ken Helm (Helm Wines) and Stephanie Helm (The Vintner's Daughter) present a selection of their wines together for a six-course wine dinner worth writing about!
Want a different slant on the week that was? Look no further than our sassy panel of broads, ready to discuss recent happenings across the country and around the world of women. Think Good News Week meets the Women's March (pussy hats optional) as our host Rosanna Stevens is joined by Jennifer Wong, Laura Campbell and Jude Burger for an afternoon of outrage and irreverence.
Our Bipartisan series places a gentle spotlight on how couples, friends and partners nourish both their passions and their relationship. Join novelist Karen Viggers and scientist David Lindenmayer as they reveal how work, creative output, family, politics and friendship work for them.
Now that the same-sex marriage postal vote is done and dusted, what's next for Australia? What are the priorities for the public and for public policy? Religious freedom? Refugees? Aboriginal Recognition? Or something else? Our panel of expert observers will interrogate the national zeitgeist to find out what's next for Australia and why.
When Clementine Ford went to post one of her own #MeToo moments, she found herself feeling shame and self-doubt. Hear Clementine on the way women are silenced, and how when they speak out, they are questioned, cross-examined, and dismissed. This event will be held at The Street Theatre.