Assange to lead conversation at Gold Coast’s Boiling Point

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been announced as a keynote speaker at the 2970° The Boiling Point: Practising Democracy event at The Arts Centre Gold Coast in September.

Mr Assange will be joining the event via live video-link from the Ecuadorian Embassy and is one of four provocative keynote speakers leading a future-inspired conversation.

Other keynote speakers include world-renowned robotic, android and humanoid expert Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro from Osaka University, author and political commentator Jamila Rizvi and Indigenous cultural leader Kyle Slabb.

2970° The Boiling Point: Practising Democracy, now in its second year on the Gold Coast, sees an alchemy of ideas and art to motivate transformational change, explains curator David Pledger.

“Like all of the events and exhibitions at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 2970° The Boiling Point is about sparking a conversation and adding a new dimension to the cultural evolution of the Gold Coast.”

“There is no bigger conversation today than the transformation of our civil society as it contends with fierce challenges to our democratic system,” he says.

“This event will give people the opportunity to listen to some smart people suggest provocative ideas for how we might make a future we want to live in.”

At the event, each of the four keynote speakers proposes a re-write to an established democratic law, protocol or rule. Delegates respond, discuss and vote on the proposals.

This unique event runs from 7-9 September and tickets are on sale now.  A two-day ticket including access to all sessions, a seat/vote at the moderated roundtable discussions and meals is $147.50 for adults and $118 for students and concessions.   A small number of ‘Public Gallery’ tickets will be available from 1 August for people who would prefer to observe proceedings rather than be part of the roundtable discussions or votes at $59 per day including catering while tickets for Julian Assange’s keynote via live video-link from the Ecuadorian Embassy on September 9 are $45. For more information or to book a ticket please visit

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