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.



The Disrupted Festival of Ideas 2019 program will be announced in June 2019.

Read more about our 2018 Festival…

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

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