SEE Subiaco

A Day of Ideas: At Sea

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Presented by Perth Festival and supported by See Subiaco, this year A Day of Ideas is a conversational collage, a playlist of ideas that focuses on the theme At Sea.

Celebrate the emerging style that is reshaping Perth, making it a city where cultures and currents from around the world mix in ways that still manage to be deeply embedded in our unique history.


This series of conversations includes a lecture by Clarissa Bell, one of the most respected art historians in Australia, who will kick off the day with a talk entitled Let’s See: Are we all at Sea? This will be followed by a conversation amongst seafaring women including sailors, environmentalists, champion swimmers and Karen Wheatland, Fremantle’s first female tug-boat operator who lived on a marine boat with an infant and a toddler.

Time 3pm
Duration 1 hour and 45 minutes
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This block of sessions about the styles and cultures that come from across the sea, begins with Hair that Moves, a discussion about the migration story of African hairstyles with their woven patterns, cultural meanings and stylish aesthetics. This will be followed by Open Arms, a panel discussion about successive attitudes and responses to refugees who have arrived in Australia by boat. This block wraps up with a session called Rock Steady, a fun conversation (which may involve dancing) about how hip hop, capoeira and Afrobeats dancers are building communities for fun, fitness and cultural understanding across WA.  

Time 5.10pm
Duration 85 minutes
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This dinner break is FILLED with heaps of activity and fun! 

Watch a dance demonstration from Rock Steady, listen to the epic DJ Kwesi Brown plus see the Mubanga dancers in action. 

We'll also have fun conversation cards spread across the tables.


After enjoying some food in the gardens or at a local eatery, you’re invited back into the theatre for a storytelling evening featuring the talented raconteurs from the Centre for Stories. Five storytellers will take the stage to share a true tale sure to remind you of the humanity that connects us all. From the young man of Indian heritage who falls in love with punk music and has a chance to make it big, to the Brazilian girl who comes to Perth to make her mark and stays when she finds love, the stories in this series will make you weep and laugh.

Time 7.30pm
Duration 60 minutes
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More information

Buy a ticket to a single block of conversations, activities, panels and storytelling or immerse yourself in the full afternoon and evening of this year's A Day of Ideas program. Full details available from Thu 20 Jan.

  • $19.00 Admit - One Block
  • $49.00 Admit - All Day

Subiaco Arts Centre

  • 180 Hamersley Rd,Subiaco,WA 6008
  • 19TH February 2022 3:00pm - 8.30pm
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