An unmissable, unprecedented event for Western Australia: let us introduce you to the Festival Opening

July 7, 2016

The Social Impact Festival Opening on Wednesday 20 July is a Journey through our Cultural Landscape where we traverse and explore the landscape of our place through story, music, dance and insights from elders and leaders.

Our incredible line-up includes Dr Paul Flatau (Centre for Social Impact UWA), Dr Richard Walley OAM, Middar Aboriginal Dancers, Dr Michael Chaney AO CitWA, Rose Parker, Dr Cassandra Goldie (Australian Council of Social Service), Ailsa Grieve, Dr John Stubley, Dr Noel Nannup and The Madjitil Moorna Choir.

We’re inviting you to come to hear, sing, dance and engage with the future. It’s a spiritual space, a moving experience that we can share – to link with our shared past, and to co-create our future.

This is our invitation to come together - critical thinkers and speakers, singers, dancers, storytellers, artists and festival goers, to share a space before we embark upon our individual festival voyages.

The Social Impact Festival recognises all people – those of our First Nation, youth, entrepreneurs, intrapraneurs, policy makers, disadvantaged communities who want opportunities and change, homeless people who want homes, safety and social connection. It is about all our futures, our concerns and our inspiration. It is about creating a better WA – and a better Australia – for all.

“We are excited to have developed a compelling festival program that draws together our four themes of creating social impact, demonstrating social impact, funding social impact and leading social impact,” said Professor Paul Flatau, Director, Centre for Social Impact UWA. “The opening night captures what is unique about Western Australia, Perth and its people and looks to the future with optimism in search of creative solutions to our most complex social issues.”

Whether you are attending parts of the festival or simply want to enjoy an evening performance, this will be a night to remember. The event will take place at the Octagon Theatre, UWA, 6pm-8.30pm on Wednesday 20 July. Bring along friends, family and colleagues. Click here to book tickets ($20-$25). 

The bar will be open from 5pm so you are welcome to join us for networking and conversation. Light catering will be served at interval. There will be Festival representatives that you can ask any of your burning program questions.

If you get in quickly you will also be able to pick up a printed copy of the full #SocImpFest Program that includes lots of juicy information about the Festival and many leading examples of the great things happening in WA.

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