Voices Shaping the Future – Conversation Series will be led by some of Australia’s leading social commentators including co-patron of WOW (Women of the World) Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO, ABC’s Big Ideas Natasha Mitchell, and Director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership Michelle Ryan.
The series is shaped by and including passionate young people from across Australia and the Asia Pacific on the most pressing gender-based issues facing their generation, including contributions from young changemakers such as Founder of Teach Us Consent Chanel Contos, Founder of the Grata Fund Isabelle Reinecke, Co-Founder of Deadly Indigenous Youth Doing Good Semara Jose, General Manager First Nations Football Courtney Fewquandie, and from Aotearoa/New Zealand Founders of She Is Not Your Rehab, Matt and Sarah Brown.
Conversation 1: ‘Boys Will Be Boys’
Thu 19 Oct 2023, 5pm
When we call out the inappropriate behaviours of boys and young men, we still hear the refrain ‘ah well, boys will be boys’ – in schools, in the workplace and at home. And with younger and younger boys being drawn to harmful social media influencers, this issue is becoming increasingly urgent. This panel will unpack these issues around toxic masculinities, incel culture and male mental health and share solutions to move away from the norm of ‘boys will be boys’ and promote healthy models of masculinity for young men.
Conversation 2: The Changemakers, Taking the Lead
Thu 19 Oct 2023, 7pm
Traditionally, we have thought of leaders as people in position of power and influence – statesmen, high professional achievers, business leaders, team captains. What we sometimes overlook is that there are leaders all around us in our everyday lives – people whose lives are an example of advocacy and service, people who stand up or speak up for a principle when it really counts, people who risk disapproval, people who put time and effort into a campaign for change just because it’s the right thing to do.
Conversation 3: Blow the Whistle
Fri 20 Oct 2023, 4pm
With the FIFA World Cup behind us and the 2032 Brisbane Olympics on the horizon, let’s sit down for a conversation about gender equality in the sporting world as a lens for exploring gender inequities in Australia today with a panel of young sports stars and behind the scenes professionals. Just how far have we really come and what mountains are left to climb? We’ll explore all the issues, from the gender pay gap to trans rights, media treatment to access to facilities and training, and everything in between.
Conversation 4: The F‑Word – Are We There Yet?
Fri 20 Oct 2023, 5:30pm
Labels are a problem. They divide and confuse as much as they unite, and the term feminist is a great example. For some it’s out of date, for some they feel excluded by its focus, and for others it’s too aggressive. But what have we learned from these discussions? What work do we still have to do to achieve gender equality for all? And how do we do that in ways that unite and strengthen us all, whatever our story and starting point?
Changing the Conversation Changing the Game12 Mar 2024, 7pmConcert Hall, QPAC
Immerse yourself in a challenging conversation with our panel about what happens in the world of sport.
Alliance Française French Film Festival Conducting Change: Breaking Musical Barriers12 Mar 2024, 6pmCremorne Theatre, QPAC
Step into the world of orchestral innovation and witness the power of music to transcend boundaries.
An Evening with Nigella Lawson14 Mar 2024, 7:30pmConcert Hall, QPAC
Spend an evening with internationally-renowned food writer and TV cook Nigella Lawson.
World Science Festival School Program The Invisible Universe20 MarPlayhouse, QPAC
Experience a cosmic demonstration and discover astronomers’ exploration of dark regions of the universe.
World Science Festival School Program Epic Science Adventures20 MarCremorne Theatre, QPAC
Students will learn there’s no limit to where they might go and what they can do!
World Science Festival Brisbane Brian Greene: Beyond the Stars20 Mar 2024, 7:30pmPlayhouse, QPAC
Join us on a multimedia journey across the cosmos with physicist and bestselling author Brian Greene.
World Science Festival School Program Fossils! Queensland’s Quirkiest Creatures21 MarPlayhouse, QPAC
Explore thrilling stories about the animals that once roamed our planet.
World Science Festival School Program Maths, Music & Sum Songs21 MarCremorne Theatre, QPAC
A musically inspired maths party that strings together merry numerical melodies.