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Lectures & Talks in Perth & WA

Perth is home to five universities, countless business, industry, political and community organisations providing access to talks and lectures from learned local and international renowned academics to outrageous hysterics. Until now, the content’s never been easy to find. We are working closely with the universities and other institutions to provide a one-stop shop. Don’t miss your chance to get your content first-hand!

Guides


Bruce Pascoe: A Conversation About Ingenuity

Bruce Pascoe, acclaimed author of Dark Emu and Salt, kicks off the Literature & Ideas Weekend 2020 in a conversation with Noongar academic and musician Dr Clint Bracknell.

  • Dates:Feb 21
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:Octagon Theatre
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Ticket Price:$39
  • Type:Author Talks,Literature,Talks & Lectures,Aboriginal Art & Events
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Octagon Theatre

Description

‘The reason for the national apathy to racial politics in this country stems, I believe, from the national ignorance of Aboriginal culture and economy, and that ignorance has to be laid in part at the feet of our learning institutions. A legion of professors and other academics at our universities decided it would be unnecessary for our golden youth to know what the explorers witnessed of Aboriginal excellence.’ Bruce Pascoe, Salt

Story Club At The Heartbreak Hotel

Join us at Story Club where the tales are true, often twisted and heavy on the TMI factor.

  • Dates:Feb 22
  • Time(s):Sat 22 Feb 7pm | Duration 70mins
  • Venue:Octagon Theatre
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Octagon Theatre, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Type:Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Octagon Theatre
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$39

Description

In its first ever Perth edition, this Story Club is hosted by none other than Ben Jenkins, comedian and raconteur extraordinaire, and features guests Jane Caro, Matt Okine and Benjamin Law alongside local favourites Holden Sheppard and Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa. 

Prize & Prejudice

Award-winning authors Melissa Lucashenko, Josephine Wilson and Charlotte Wood join Meri Fatin for a fiery conversation about writing, money and the politics of women winning prizes.

  • Dates:Feb 22
  • Time(s):Sat 22 Feb 9.30am | Duration 60mins
  • Venue:Octagon Theatre
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Octagon Theatre, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Ticket Price:$19
  • Type:Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:Adults,For seniors
  • Event Venue:Octagon Theatre

Description

Norman Mailer famously stated, ‘I doubt if there will be a really exciting woman writer until the first whore becomes a call girl and tells her tale.’ To ensure there was no misunderstanding Mailer cemented his chauvinism by proclaiming that, ‘a good novelist can do without everything but the remnant of his balls’.

Unmoderated

In three separate sessions, we feature three clear-eyed non-fiction thinkers.

  • Dates:Feb 22
  • Time(s):Rick Morton on Money 11am | Maria Tumarkin on Power 12.30pm | Sanam Maher on Sex 2pm | Duration 60mins
  • Venue:Octagon Theatre
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Octagon Theatre, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Ticket Price:$29 each session
  • Type:Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Event Venue:Octagon Theatre

Description

Each will take to the stage for an hour to riff on a theme and throw down the gauntlet. Rick Morton takes on Money, Maria Tumarkin challenges our assumptions about Power and Sanam Maher dares us to talk about taboos related to Sex. This mini-lecture series is set to provoke and challenge, bursting our bubbles and unsettling our preconceptions. 

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman, superstar of the writing world and award- winning author of Sandman, American Gods, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Norse Mythology, is heading to Perth to share his stories.

  • Dates:Feb 23
  • Time(s):4pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$39
  • Ticket price TO:$109
  • Type:Author Talks,Literature,Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

After starting his career as a journalist in the 1980s, Gaiman began writing comics before moving onto novels. He is now the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen beloved books for adults and children, many of which have been adapted for television and the big screen.


Spend an afternoon with one of world’s most renowned storytellers at this once-in-a-lifetime event.

The Sound Of Picture Books

Our free family fun day is back spreading a love of reading, writing and drawing over the grounds at UWA in a huge range of events and activities.

  • Dates:Feb 23
  • Time(s):Sun 23 Feb 10.45am & 12pm | Duration 45mins
  • Venue:Octagon Theatre
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Octagon Theatre, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17
  • Event Venue:Octagon Theatre

Description

Not to be missed is The Sound of Picture Books, an interactive adventure that sees illustrator and composer Matt Ottley and author and musician Valanga Khoza join West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s string quintet and Yamaha’s Alf Demasi to bring to life Dumazi and the Big Yellow Lion with music and imagery.

Perth Brutal: Dreaming In Concrete

AGWA 40 – Celebrating the anniversary of AGWA’s 1979 Brutalist building.

  • Dates:Sep 21 - Feb 17
  • Time(s):10am-5pm
  • Venue:Art Gallery of WA

Details

  • Hosted By:Art Gallery of Western Australia
  • Venue Address:Perth Cultural Centre Roe St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,History,Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Art Gallery of WA
  • Visual Arts:Historical,Other Visual Arts

Description

Opened on 2 October 1979 by then Premier Charles Court, the new Art Gallery of WA building was a dramatic example of late Brutalist architecture designed by Polish born Charles Sierakowski.

This exhibition opens out the many layers of the history of the building’s development featuring images of the building in construction and its early days, along with ephemera such as building models, plans, diagrams and drawings, and early promotional brochures about the structure and its place in the Cultural Centre (now undergoing its biggest development since 1979 with the WA Museum project).

The iconic structure marked the end of a 10 year building boom and had been dreamt of for years before that by Gallery Director Frank Norton, whose own international researches and design thinking also fed the building’s final form.

PUBLICATION

Delivering a concise overview of the new gallery project and its place within the Cultural Centre. Including a biographical sketch of Charles Sierakowski, a factual history of the building’s construction, how gallery spaces were conceived, how they have changed over time, how various exhibitions have utilised them, how directors, curators and exhibition designers have engaged with them. To local architectural significance and context, as well as the building’s inspiration, influence and legacy.

Contributing authors include, AGWA Curators; Robert Cook, Melissa Harpley and Dunja Rmandic. As well as essays from Patrick Ford, Annette Condello, Merindah Bairnsfather-Scott, Noel Nannup and Andrew Murray.

$32.95, available from the AGWA Shop.

GUIDED TOURS

Perth Brutal: Dreaming in Concrete
2-3pm, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays

Guided tours will examine Brutalist features of the building and how they fit into the thinking that underpins its design. A viewing of early images and drawings of the building will conclude the tour.
 

Perth Writers Salon

No matter what your level or what you write, the Perth Writers Salon covers everything you need to write like a pro.

  • Dates:Jan 19, 26; Feb 2, 9, 16
  • Time(s):9.30am
  • Venue:Mattie Furphy House
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Fringe World
  • Venue Address:Corner Kirkwood Road and Clare Copse, Swanbourne WA 6010
  • Type:Literature,Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:Adults

Description

Hosted by award-winning Perth writer Campbell Jefferys, learn how to generate ideas, create conflicts, take heroes on journeys and much more in five constructive, enriching and fun sessions. Sit in for one session, or join them all.  

Science Magic

Science Magic is back. Always exciting and sometimes very messy, learn about science and laugh your pants off while you do.

  • Dates:18 - 27, 29 - 31 JAN, 1 - 2 FEB
  • Time(s):1.20pm
  • Venue:The Woodside Pleasure Garden
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Fringe World
  • Venue Address:The Woodside Pleasure Garden, Russel Square, James St &, Shenton St, Northbridge WA 6003
  • Type:Talks & Lectures,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17
  • Event Venue:Woodside Pleasure Garden

Description

 "Completely engaging with belly laughs included, it’s an unmissable show" ????? The Adelaide Advertiser, 2019. "There is a lot of mess. And plenty of good, solid science too" ???? one4review, 2018.

James Smith

CONTROVERSIAL PERSONAL TRAINER JAMES SMITH ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER SPEAKING TOUR OF AUSTRALIA

  • Dates:Feb 9
  • Time(s):7-10pm
  • Venue:Freo.Social

Details

  • Hosted By:Freo.Social
  • Venue Address:1 Holdsworth St, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price:$65.45
  • Type:Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Freo.Social

Description

Loud, crass and completely unapologetic; James Smith takes aim at influencers, fake fitness bloggers and dangerous health fads in his “Live and Uncensored” Tour.

Opinionated, blunt and often described as the ‘Gordon Ramsay of the fitness world’, personal trainer and self-proclaimed disrupter of the fitness industry James Smith is far removed from the squeaky clean, evenly rounded fitness models seen in instagram feeds around the world. He’s the blunt, no-BS media star turning the entire fitness world on its head, calling out liars and putting facts first, and now he’s heading around Australia to shed a light fitness truths and industry lies, alongside the release of his debut book ‘Not A Diet Book’, scheduled for January 2020.

With shows planned for Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth, the British fitness star and author will walk audiences through his incredible journey so far, from door to door salesmen to becoming one of the world’s fastest growing and most controversial figures in fitness. He’ll also be shedding light on common misconceptions within the industry, from fitness fads to flat out lies; taking aim at instagram models promoting useless brands to paid partnerships, pseudo-science, narcissism and the hazards of spreading misinformation and selling a dream.

“Buzzing to announce my first ever events on Australian soil” Said James Smith “An evening with me won’t make you leaner or more muscular but it will empower you to make subtle changes to your life that will last with you forever. Anyone for a beer afterwards?

Before becoming famous for the brutally honest form of PT he’s known for today, James Smith – like almost 73% of Australians – struggled with body issues, and attempted to navigate the complex world of fitness both personally and for his clients. After years of frustration with the industry he has now become the number one disrupter of the multi-billion dollar industry that has been dishing out lies to unaware people for decades. James Smith made the decision to use his knowledge for good over commercial gain.In his debut speaking tour - much like his renowned videos - James will give his unique take on health and fitness, providing simple advice designed to cut through wellness, myths and marketing and rely on fact and common sense.

Tickets for James Smith’s Australian speaking tour go on sale at 10:00am [AEDT]Thursday 05 December via MJRpresents.com

Leslie Kaminoff - Downunder - 2020 Tour

Breath-Centered, Individualized Yoga – Theory and Practice with Leslie Kaminoff

  • Dates:14-16 FEB 2020
  • Time(s):Fri., 14/02/2020, 6:00 pm – Sun., 16/02/2020, 4:30 pm
  • Venue:Nedlands Yoga Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Yoga Training Australia
  • Ticket Price FROM:$100
  • Ticket price TO:$649
  • Type:Health,Talks & Lectures,Well Being
  • Audience:Adults

Description

Join Leslie Kaminoff, co-author of Yoga Anatomy (one of the most widely recommend anatomy texts for Yoga Teachers and Practitioners in the world), and founder of The Breathing Project, from 14-16 Feb in PERTH.


Leslie Kaminoff offers this two-day immersion focused on his teacher T.K.V. Desikachar’s uniquely practical teaching philosophy. Desikachar’s observation that “the form of a practice should always follow its function” emerged from his background both as an engineer and a yoga teacher.
Leslie will bring his anatomically-informed, inquiry-based perspective to his teacher’s revolutionary work discussing breath, asana and practical teachings from the yoga sutras.'

 

PRICING PACKAGES & OPTIONS

Option 1: ALL WORKSHOPS (Fri, Sat & Sun) plus SIGNED COPY of YOGA ANATOMY only $599 strictly available until Sep 1 2019. This option will not be available after that date. NO exceptions.

Option 2: Weekend Package (Sat15 & Sun16 Only) Early Bird $499 before Sep 1 Full Fee $649 from Sep 2

Option 3: An Evening With Leslie (Fri 14 Feb) Early Bird $75 before Sep 1 Full Fee $100
 

Behind-The-Scenes Tour: Highlights of the Dr. Peter Williams collection of illustrations

With illustrations dating from 1970 to the present, the State Library’s Dr. Peter Williams collection showcases the artistry and diversity of outstanding Australian picture books.

  • Dates:20 February, 21 February, 5 March, 6 March
  • Time(s):1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Venue:State Library of WA

Details

  • Hosted By:State Library of WA
  • Venue Address:25 Francis Street, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:State Library of WA
  • Event Venue:State Library of WA

Description

With illustrations dating from 1970 to the present, the State Library’s Dr. Peter Williams collection showcases the artistry and diversity of outstanding Australian picture books. This tour will take participants behind the scenes to explore highlights of the collection including illustrations, sculpture, sketches and storyboards. Explore works by renowned illustrators, Alison Lester, Kerry Argent, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Wendy Binks, Leigh Hobbs, Bob Graham, Shaun Tan and many more. 

The State Library’s collection of picture book artwork began with a donation of 107 artworks from the children’s literature expert, Dr. Peter William’s. Since Williams’ initial donation the State Library has continued to add to the collection in recognition of the power of picture books in fostering a love of reading, literacy and lifelong learning. 

This tour will run for approximately 50 minutes and will visit various back-of-house locations within the State Library. Meet at the Welcome Desk on the Ground Floor.

The tour is primarily a walking tour. Each of the tour locations are accessible via lift or stairs. Limited seating will be available at each of the tour stops. Please contact [email protected] if there is anything the State Library can do to help make this tour more accessible to you. Participants are asked to please wear flat soled shoes.

There are multiple dates for this event:

Thursday 20 February 2020 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Friday 21 February 2020 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Thursday 5 March 2020 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Friday 6 March 2020 1:00PM - 2:00PM 

Image: Spring turned into summer, 2007, Bob Graham, watercolour and pen and ink on paper, State Library of Western Australia, PWC/122. 

Free event. Booking required - click on link above.

Piecing Together Stories of Migration

Free professional learning event for educators, find out how to support your students to piece together stories of migration.

  • Dates:20 February
  • Time(s):4:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Venue:Geographe Room

Details

  • Hosted By:State Library of WA
  • Venue Address:25 Francis Street, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:State Library of WA
  • Event Venue:State Library of WA

Description

In this free professional learning event for educators, find out how to support your students to piece together stories of migration at the State Library. Be guided through workshops, exhibitions and supporting resources which will allow you to organise a one-day immersive excursion experience for your students

Experience the guided workshop, Suitcases: Stories of Migration, where students will explore primary source materials from the State Library collection to understand Western Australian migration experiences.

See how the photographic exhibition, A Place to Call Home, provides opportunity for students to engage in national stories of migration from the post-war period. Walk through the exhibition of illustrations and drafts from the book, Ten Pound Pom (Walker Books 2017), and consider how primary source documents and personal stories of migration can be incorporated into the creation of illustration and historical narrative.

Discover teacher resources that can be used to extend student learning of migration back in the classroom.

Free event. Booking required - click on link above.

Please note 4pm registration for a 4.30pm start.

Image: A Place to Call Home - A migrant family enters their new home at Maribyrnong, Victoria, 1965. National Archives of Australia: A12111, 1/1965/22/25

Reneé Pettitt-Schipp: Oral History and the Christmas Island Boat Tragedy

Join 2018 WA Premier’s Literary Award writer Reneé Pettitt-Schipp who worked with asylum seekers in detention on Christmas Island and Cocos Islands.

  • Dates:25 February 2020
  • Time(s):6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Venue:Library Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:State Library of WA
  • Venue Address:25 Francis Street Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Author Talks,Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:State Library of WA
  • Event Venue:State Library of WA

Description

The Christmas Island Boat Tragedy on 15 December 2010 was the worst disaster in peacetime maritime history in more than a century with the violent deaths of fifty asylum seekers. Join 2018 WA Premier’s Literary Award writer Reneé Pettitt-Schipp, who worked with asylum seekers in detention on Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, as she shares her first-hand experiences, as well as stories from those who witnessed what took place on this historic day.

Reneé Pettitt-Schipp’s work with asylum seekers in detention on Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands inspired her first collection of poetry, ‘The Sky Runs Right Through Us’. This collection was shortlisted for the Dorothy Hewett manuscript prize, the CHASS Australia Student Prize, as well as winning Postgraduate ‘Work of the Year’ in the 2019 Humanities Research Awards and the 2018 WA Premier’s Literary Award for an Emerging Writer. Reneé now lives in WA’s Great Southern.

FREE. Bookings required - click on the link above.

Astrofest

Leap into Astrofest on 29th February 2020!

    Details

    • Type:Art Exhibitions,Free,Science,Talks & Lectures
    • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For teens 13-17,For seniors

    Description

    This amazing event in Perth attracts over 4,000 visitors. It’s free and family friendly.

    Dozens of big telescopes on the oval show off some wonderful views of the Universe. Join in the fun, meet amateur astronomers, talk astronomy and enjoy a community of stargazing enthusiasts. There will be special guest speakers, science shows, children’s activities, radio astronomy, astrophotography and much more! You might bump into a Star Wars character or two. Maybe there will be some Star Trekkers cruising around as well!

    For more details:  https://astrotourismwa.com.au/astrofest/

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