The Fes­ti­val of Ques­tions

Time Out (Melbourne) - - THINGS TO DO -

PART OF THE Mel­bourne Fes­ti­val, the one-day Fes­ti­val of Ques­tions is your chance to join a host of for­ward-think­ing writ­ers, politi­cians, aca­demics and co­me­di­ans as they tackle ev­ery­thing from right-wing pol­i­tics to fem­i­nism. The first ses­sion for the day is ‘Ques­tions for the Na­tion: Mel­bourne’ ( noon

1.30pm), in which each speaker on the panel will make a case for the most press­ing is­sue that they be­lieve Aus­tralia needs to con­front. You’ll hear from the likes of hu­man rights ac­tivist and bar­ris­ter Ju­lian Burn­side, writer He­len Razer and co­me­dian and writer Deb­o­rah FrancesWhite. Next, dive straight into Trump, Brexit and Pauline Han­son with ‘What is Right? What is Left?’ ( 2.30-4pm). In this ses­sion, pre­pare to grap­ple with the world’s evolv­ing po­lit­i­cal land­scape with pow­er­ful voices in­clud­ing Lib­eral MP and for­mer Hu­man Rights com­mis­sioner Tim Wilson, free­lance po­lit­i­cal writer Lau­ren Duca, po­lit­i­cal car­toon­ist Oslo Davis and Getup! hu­man rights cam­paign di­rec­tor Shen Narayanasamy. Then head to Philo­soph­i­cal Fight Club ( 5-6.30pm) and watch in­tel­lec­tual heavy­weights in­clud­ing au­thor Anna Krien, co­me­dian, mu­si­cian and writer Jor­dan Raskopou­los and writer and ac­tivist Ce­leste Lid­dle bat­tle it out over big ques­tions around cit­i­zen­ship, iden­tity pol­i­tics and more. The fi­nal event, ‘What the Hell? The Hand­maid’s Tale in 2017’ ( 7.30-9pm) is for any­one who came away from the HBO adap­ta­tion of the Mar­garet At­wood novel with a deeply un­set­tling feel­ing that this dystopian story is all too rel­e­vant to our world. In­di­vid­ual tickets are $20 each, and full-day passes are avail­able for $60. ■ RJ

Shen Narayanasamy

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