Talks & Ideas

Talks & Ideas is a series of FREE events that take on big questions

Talks & Ideas is a series of FREE events that take on big questions. It’s a chance to hear from leading artists, thinkers, scientists, agitators and local heroes. Wrapped up as a tight 60-minute experience, each Talks & Ideas event includes a keynote introduction, a panel discussion and a chance to ask questions.

16 September  2021- Binge 

This talk is about TV, health and culture. Would you like to continue watching in 5… 4… 3… 2 *clicks play*. With an appetite for dropping deep into our favourite long running TV series, this is a chance to talk about what binge culture means for how we connect with art, stories and entertainment.

The Keynote Speaker is David Rowe, Emeritus Professor of Cultural Research, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Professor Rowe’s research and scholarly interests relate to the social dynamics of popular culture and media. His keynote will address the following ‘Binge: Television Feast, Cultural Famine?’ Talking about television generates many words relating to ingestion, like TV appetite, fare, diet, menu and now, especially, binge. Is binging just another stage in the evolution of television viewing or a fast-flowing pipeline to unhealthy cultures and bodies?

Panellists: Patrick Lenton (Writer and Journalist), Loretta Farrell (Emu Plains based filmmaker and creator of Watcha Doin’ Today), Vonne Patiag (Writer, Director, Producer, Actor)

28 October 2021 - Will You Marry Me Alexa? 

In 2017, Amazon’s Alexa received over 1,000,000 marriage proposals. In 2018, there were more than 300,000 active bots on Facebook Messenger with 8 billion messages being exchanged every month.

With the explosion of conversational assistants, automated check outs and, how close is too close when it comes to our digital doubles?

This talk is about technology, identity and the space in between.

18 November 2021 - Good Neighbours

This talk is about community, connection and local heroes.

Where are people gathering? Online? Inner city wine bars? Community halls? What will the future of suburbs look like and what does that mean for a sense of belonging and connection? This special event hosted at St Marys Memorial Hall will focus on what it means to be a Good Neighbour. This event is held at St Marys Memorial Hall. Should the current lockdown and restrictions be extended, this talk will adopt an online format. You will receive a Zoom link to access the talk via email at least 24 hours before the event. Please keep an eye on your email inboxes.

Proudly supported by Celestino,


Starts: 28 October 2021 - 06:30 PM
Ends: 28 October 2021 - 07:30 PM

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Presented by The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
Penrith NSW 2750

02 4723 7600

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