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Cate Blanchett as a choreographer shouting out a manifesto.
Clem Ford, photo courtesy of Lee Sandwith

Talks & Performances

Presented in partnership with ABC RN

Future Manifestos

13 Mar

Has the increase of online platforms and public forums, such as panel discussions and televised debates, rendered the manifesto defunct? Through an afternoon of short talks and discussions based on the work of Julian Rosefeldt, experts in their fields will investigate whether manifestos are a nostalgic tool for change or whether they still invoke a call to action and represent the voice of a generation.

  • Each topic will be explored through the pairing of two minds, looking at current and future thinking around diverse topics including feminism, environment and sustainability, and politics and activism. Featuring a stellar line-up of speakers including Clementine Ford, Anne Marsh and Jeff Sparrow with each session hosted by presenter of ABC RN’s Big Ideas, Paul Barclay, who is an award winning journalist and broadcaster, and has an appetite for ideas and in-depth analysis and discussion.



    Clementine Ford, writer, social commentator and public speaker
    Professor Anne Marsh, Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne's Victorian College of the Arts

    Politics and Activism

    Jeff Sparrow, writer, editor and broadcaster and Honorary Fellow at Victoria University
    Max Halupka, Research Fellow, The Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra

    Environment and Sustainability

    Amanda McKenzie, CEO of the Climate Council
    Guy Abrahams, CEO & Co-Founder, CLIMARTE: Arts for a Safe Climate