We would like to thank the many people who contribute their time, energy and resources towards the festival.
Our Mission Board & Staff Partners Ambassadors Patrons & Special Thanks
Meet our 2018 festival ambassadors
Van is a writer, commentator, activist, theatre-maker and one of Australia’s most controversial public intellectuals.
Ryan believes in disability advocacy through visibility. He writes about accessibility and travel at Freewheel Weekends.
Benjamin is a journalist, columnist, TV screenwriter and author.
Gillian Triggs was the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2012–17.
Julian Burnside is a barrister and has acted pro bono in many human rights cases.
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 is recognised as one of the most active trans young people.
James Trethewie won the hearts of Australians on the Bachelorette with his compassionate values and positive vibes.
Santilla Chingaipe is an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker.
Celeste Liddle is an Arrernte woman, an opinion writer, a trade unionist and public speaker.
Jason Ball is best known as pioneering LGBTI advocate who challenges homophobia in sport.
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 is an activist, writer and public speaker. She is the Campaign Director at GetUp.
Sash is currently the CEO of Australia's largest youth run organisation - Oaktree.