Disrupted Festival of Ideas is a weekend of FREE EVENTS including: conversations, panel discussions, keynotes and activities taking over the State Library of Western Australia. 



Welcome to the 2018 Disrupted Festival of Ideas presented by the State Library of Western Australia. Now in its fifth year, Disrupted will again challenge and inspire our way of thinking, with 2018 shining the spotlight on technology and its impact on humanity. 

We live in an exciting period of history where technological advancement means nothing is beyond possibility. However, while we are creating life-improving and life-saving advancements in the health arena for example; it is sharply juxtaposed with issues such as ‘fake news’ and data privacy . What does this say about us as individuals, communities and a society?

This year’s line-up of remarkable keynote speakers, anthropologists, writers, journalists and scientists will navigate, the issues and complexities of this developing 21st century, and the times we are living in. The State Library has always been an important creative hub for people to meet, learn and engage with new ideas and technology. Disrupted builds on this foundation to create a transformative weekend of research, discovery, imagination and curiosity across a range of experiences and platforms.

So please join the ‘disruption’ in the many spaces of the Library and online with two inspiring days of conversations, panel discussions and immersive activities.

I look forward to welcoming you to the State Library and being Disrupted.

Margaret Allen PSM
CEO and State Librarian


As we become more embedded in the 21st century, technology has begun to move faster than we can keep up with. Technological advancements created for the military are now accessible to everyone and infiltrates our daily lives. How does technology impact the way we communicate, form relationships and develop as a society?

The 2018 Disrupted Festival of Ideas considers technology in its different forms, from the simple to the complex. How do we navigate this ever-changing world? Have we forgotten ethics or are we better human beings?

Disrupted Festival of Ideas gathers experts from around the country to discuss the state of the world through panels, conversations and keynotes. We invite you to join us for an exciting weekend disrupting the State Library's spaces.

All events are FREE to the general public with no registration required with the exception of some workshops and activities. 

Photography credit - Jessica Wyld


Volunteer Expression of Interest

The fourth annual Disrupted Festival of Ideas is a weekend of divergent thinking, intimate installations and curious conversations about how technology impacts humanity.
Come and join us at the State Library of Western Australia Sat 28 & Sun 29 July!  

As part of the 2018 Disrupted Festival of Ideas, we are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated group of volunteers to help bring this event to life. This is a unique opportunity for people of diverse ages and backgrounds to contribute to and be involved in an integral part of the Festival. Not only will you be a vital addition to our team but you will also get a chance to take part in the festival from an exclusive angle. We need flexible, friendly and committed volunteers to be the face of this festival. 

There are roles within all venue spaces, where you may get a chance to attend panels, witness workshops, get hands on with some of the artists or assist in the deliverance of new ideas in new ways.

Click the button below to send us your details and save the dates 28 & 29 July!


This event will be live-streamed across the weekend. Watch this space.