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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 on the 27 & 28 July.



Welcome to the State Library’s 6th annual Disrupted Festival of Ideas. This year’s festival explores the theme of truth, a relevant and timely theme for libraries and communities throughout the world.

The State Library is a place of truth. We are visited by over one million people every year because we offer free access to knowledge. We are committed to being a trusted source of information, connecting people to skills that help them critically evaluate information in an unregulated online world.

Trust is an essential ingredient of building social capital. Without trust our very democracy is weakened. Trust, however, has been the victim of the manipulation of the truth, and in turn public trust in many of our institutions – government and the media, in particular - have been undermined. 

This year’s Disrupted speakers will examine the roots of this loss of trust. Through keynotes, panels and intimate conversations we invite you to join the debate on truth.

We are delighted to welcome to the 2019 festival Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Leigh Sales, Professor Geoff Gallop, Professor Tracy Westerman, Bri Lee, and a host of local and interstate speakers.

Beyond this year’s theme, ideas are what the Disrupted Festival is all about. This festival is a concrete manifestation of your State Library’s commitment to the creation and sharing of ideas. 

So please join us at the State Library - or if you can’t make it here - join us online via our live stream on Facebook and on the website.

Margaret Allen PSM
CEO and State Librarian


The truth. Can it be subjective? Manipulated? Changed by opinion? And will it really set you free? The very concept of truth – bent, adapted, and questioned throughout history – has found itself under siege in the social media era, where the loudest opinion can swamp even the staunchest fact.  

Libraries throughout history have played a significant role as the trusted keepers of history, truth and information.  The State Library of WA’s Disrupted Festival of Ideas 2019 takes on the truth, in all its forms. Meet scientists, journalists, writers, and professionals dedicated to truths that others deny as inconvenient. Discover how to harness your own truth, better understand your brain and spot fake news.  Learn the fascinating history behind mistruths, lies, and other forms of manipulation and how your library can be a powerful weapon in the fight against truth distortion, bias and agenda.

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


Photography credit - Jessica Wyld


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