How can we approach our current moment with radical hope?
When curating this keynote event, artistic director Zoe Pollock reflected on the theme of the festival ‘Radical hope imagines a future goodness that transcends our current reality. It is a provocation to seek and create a new world in the face of incredibly challenging circumstances. Radical hope is a denial and refusal of cultural destruction and a determination to build a new culture for a changed environment.’
Five leading thinkers will come together to consider how we can look unflinchingly at our cultural and environmental situation, while finding a new way to imagine our future. With international guests the eminent philosopher A.C. Grayling (UK) and performing poet and arts consultant Thando Sibanda (Zimbabwe), author, filmmaker, and environmental educator Damon Gameau, poet, artist, and curator Anne-Marie Te Whiu, young Bundjalung climate activist Mia Thom, and featuring a special musical performance by Nidala Barker.
- The ‘Radical Hope’ keynote event will take place at Byron Theatre at 7:30pm on Saturday 27 August. This is a separately ticketed event. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at www.byronwritersfestival.com/feature-events. Many feature events sell out so please book early to avoid disappointment.