Literature & Ideas

A Day of Ideas

At Sea

A Day of Ideas 3 – 8.30pm Subiaco Arts Centre $19
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Sat 19 Feb at Subiaco Arts Centre , from $19

This year A Day of Ideas is a conversational collage, a playlist of ideas that focuses on the theme At Sea.

Join us as we celebrate the emerging style that is reshaping Perth, making it a city where cultures and currents from around the world mix in ways that still manage to be deeply embedded in our unique history.


This series of conversations includes a lecture by Clarissa Bell, one of the most respected art historians in Australia, who will kick off the day with a talk entitled Let’s See: Are we all at Sea? This will be followed by a conversation amongst seafaring women including sailors, environmentalists, champion swimmers and Karen Wheatland, Fremantle’s first female tug-boat operator who lived on a marine boat with an infant and a toddler.


This block of sessions about the styles and cultures that come from across the sea, begins with Hair that Moves, a discussion about the migration story of African hairstyles with their woven patterns, cultural meanings and stylish aesthetics. This will be followed by Open Arms, a panel discussion about successive attitudes and responses to refugees who have arrived in Australia by boat. This block wraps up with a session called Rock Steady, a fun conversation (which may involve dancing) about how hip hop, capoeira and Afrobeats dancers are building communities for fun, fitness and cultural understanding across WA.  


After enjoying some food in the gardens or at a local eatery, you’re invited back into the theatre for a storytelling evening featuring the talented raconteurs from the Centre for Stories. Five storytellers will take the stage to share a true tale sure to remind you of the humanity that connects us all. From the young man of Indian heritage who falls in love with punk music and has a chance to make it big, to the Brazilian girl who comes to Perth to make her mark and stays when she finds love, the stories in this series will make you weep and laugh.

Buy a ticket to a single block of conversations, activities, panels and storytelling or immerse yourself in the full afternoon and evening of this year's A Day of Ideas program. Full details available from Thu 20 Jan.

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Time & Location

Sat 19 Feb

3 – 8.30pm Subiaco Arts Centre , 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco / Wandaraguttagurrup

    • Per Block: $19
    • Full Day: $49
  • All sessions will be Auslan interpreted

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More details released from 20 January.

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Thank You


  • Shanice Mwathi


  • Supported by See Subiaco
  • Block C: Love, Punk and Rugby presented in association with Centre for Stories
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