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Festival of Ambitious Ideas

The Art of the Ordinary

The Art of the Ordinary celebrates Canberra people, projects and businesses turning the ordinary into extraordinary. Whether it’s creating beautiful furniture from recycled timber, using science to improve soil management, ethical tourism through community partnerships, or a self-balancing mobility device; the Festival of Ambitious Ideas will showcase some of our local innovators and innovations transforming the everyday in artful and surprising ways.

The Festival of Ambitious Ideas follows the Ignite format where 12 speakers each have 5 minutes to tell their story and ‘ignite’ the audience. In a little over an hour, guests are treated to a range of different ideas and perspectives. Following the presentations there will be an opportunity for networking and the audience to speak to the various presenters.

Time: 5:30pm

Click here to purchase tickets: $55 (General Admission) and $35 (Students)

Ticket price includes entry to the event, canapés and drinks.


Speakers for this Festival include:

Thor Diesendorf - Thor’s Hammer

Michelle Templin and Colleen Cooper - Ladybird Play

Zarko Danilov - Head of Projects at Canberra Airport

Dr Reena Ghildyal - University of Canberra

Margaret Wade - Canberra Secrets Tours

Claire Corby - Capital Buyers Agency

Cara Matthews and Ben Drysdale - Rebus Theatre

Harold Dimple - MHits

Greg Bender and Norman Marshall - Australian Soil Management

Michele Black and Ben Preston-Black - Creations Jewellers

Anna Reimondos - Canberra Lost Pet Database

Michelle Swadling and Miguel Gallagher - The Canberra 5


The Festival of Ambitious Ideas is proudly sponsored by Canberra Airport.

16 May 2019 TO 16 May 2019
Alastair Swayn Theatre, 33 & 35 Brindabella Cuircuit, Brindabella Business Park
Festival of Ambitious Ideas
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