We would like to thank the many people who contribute their time, energy and resources towards the festival.

Meet our 2018 festival ambassadors

Van Badham

Van is a writer, commentator, activist, theatre-maker and one of Australia’s most controversial public intellectuals.

Ryan Smith

Ryan believes in disability advocacy through visibility. He writes about accessibility and travel at Freewheel Weekends.

Benjamin Law

Benjamin is a journalist, columnist, TV screenwriter and author.

Gillian Triggs

Gillian Triggs was the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2012–17.

Julian Burnside

Julian Burnside is a barrister and has acted pro bono in many human rights cases.

Abdul Abdullah

Abdul Abdullah is an artist from Perth, who works across painting, photography, video, installation and performance.

Vanessa Marian Varghese

In 2016 Vanessa founded Groove Therapy, aimed at making dance accessible to all walks of life.

Georgie Stone

 Georgie Stone is recognised as one of the most active trans young people. 

 

James Trethewie

James Trethewie won the hearts of Australians on the Bachelorette with his compassionate values and positive vibes.

Santilla Chingaipe

Santilla Chingaipe is an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker.

Celeste Liddle

Celeste Liddle is an Arrernte woman, an opinion writer, a trade unionist and public speaker.

Jason Ball

Jason Ball is best known as pioneering LGBTI advocate who challenges homophobia in sport.

Connie Grant

Corinne Grant is a comedian, performer and human rights defender who is involved as an advocate for refugees.

Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM

Kon Karapanagiotidis is a human rights advocate working as a lawyer, social worker and teacher.

Sally Rugg

Sally Rugg is an activist, writer and public speaker. She is the Campaign Director at GetUp.

Sashenka Worsman

Sash is currently the CEO of Australia's largest youth run organisation - Oaktree.

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