Dirrum Festival 2018 – 'Be challenged'

Dirrum 2018 organisers (from left) Isla Baird, Annie Creer, Lydia Murray, Hugo Webster and Niamh Martin

Dirrum 2018 organisers (from left) Isla Baird, Annie Creer, Lydia Murray, Hugo Webster and Niamh Martin

By Communications Manager Mick Bunworth

The hardworking student organisers of the 2018 Dirrum Festival have put together a fantastic event on the theme ‘for the common good’, exploring two exciting elements to be explored 'Truth-telling and Power' and 'Shared Sustainable Prosperity. This year's festival will run from 1–9 pm on SATURDAY 18 AUGUST 2018. The organisers are excited to announce a program of compelling speakers, including:

Peter Greste
Gillian Triggs
Emma Adams
Kirsty Windeyer
Matthew Stocks
Ellen Jacobsen
Steph Gabriel

Preliminary event: Dirrum Dirrum, in conjunction with the Radford Institute, presents Tim Costello on 'Education: Our powerful weapon to change the world' at 6.30 pm on WEDNESDAY 8 AUGUST. This free event is a relevant introduction to the Dirrum Festival, which takes place 10 days later. 

Dirrum boasts a true festival atmosphere and a mini-market of local business – Base Soaps (handmade soap), The Biltong Company (beef jerky), The Hungry Brown Cow (brownie sandwiches) and Tusk Books (local author) – will operate stalls in the one-hour lunch break between speaker sessions.

There will also be fashion stalls, all with ethically-sourced materials (OceanZen, HoMie and Ur Sain); live music and dancing by local artists; hot food and Timor coffee.

One of the organisers, Annie Creer, was in the audience of her first Dirrum festival four years ago.

Now she is on the organising committee, which also includes Isla Baird, Lydia Murray, Hugo Webster and Niamh Martin (plus many more capable students).

Annie says: 'Dirrum is not a lecture, a sermon or a monologue but a way in which you can learn and be inspired by the values and actions of others. So come and be overwhelmed. Come and be challenged. Come and learn that the world is much bigger than you thought.'

Read a full transcript of Annie's address to a recent student assembly here.

And, for those thinking Dirrum Dirrum is just a well-meaning talk fest, think again.

Students are working on personal Dirrum Challenges to change one thing about the world.

We plan to follow these stories in the Radford Bulletin in the lead-up to the festival.

What action will Dirrum Dirrum 2018 inspire?

Keep reading the Bulletin and be quick to buy your ticket when they go on sale. Last year's festival sold out.

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