The people have spoken and the Arts Centre Gold Coast has listened.
The Arts Centre Gold Coast has halved the cost of tickets to its 2970° Boiling Point: Practising Democracy event after online feedback that people loved the concept but the price was out of reach.
The two-day event, from 7 to 9 September features provocative keynote presentations by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the world’s leading roboticist, android and humanoid expert Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro from Osaka University, author and political commentator Jamila Rizvi and Indigenous cultural leader Kyle Slabb.
General Assembly tickets including two-day access to all sessions, participation in roundtable discussions meals, entertainment and artistic installations are now $147.50 for adults and $118 for students and concessions.
The Arts Centre Gold Coast Director of Marketing and Communication said the reduced ticket prices were motivated by feedback on social media that the event was “democracy at capitalist prices.”
“In the spirit of democracy, we’ve listened to the people and halved the price of tickets to make it more accessible to a broader audience,” said Ms Wallace. “We will be refunding the difference to those who have already purchased tickets.”
She said the event is a great opportunity for people from different backgrounds to come together to debate democracy.
2970° Boiling Point; Practising Democracy event curator David Pledger said modern-day democracy will be challenged, debated and potentially changed during the two-day event. “Globally, the rules of democracy are changing on a daily basis,” said Mr Pledger.
“Just in the last month the world has seen Vladimir Putin ban virtual private networks used by democracy activists to evade censorship, Apple pull anti-censorship apps from its Chinese app store, Venezuela’s constituent assembly poll boycotted by more than half the population and Poland’s president invoke his veto power to stop the proposed removal of judicial independence at the same time as American policy continues to be invented on the fly via Twitter,”
“In 2017, there is no bigger conversation than the transformation of our civil society as it contends with fierce challenges to our democratic system.
“Each keynote address will ignite our democratic insights with some massive new ideas to be debated in roundtable discussions before delegates vote on a new rule, law or protocol proposed by the four provocateurs,” said Mr Pledger.
Public Gallery tickets, for those who would prefer to observe proceedings rather than participate in the discussion have also been reduced and are now $59 per day including catering while tickets for Julian Assange’s keynote via live video-link from the Ecuadorian Embassy on September 9 are $47.50.
For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.2970degrees.com.au.