Castlemaine Botanic Gardens

WELCOME TO DIALOGUES, our festival of ideas and literature: five days of presentations, panels, debates and discussions celebrating the notion of ‘community’. Our guest speakers will question the idea of leadership and our commitment to a sustainable, diverse, inclusive and active community. They will ask us to consider how we can be more effective game changers and bigger thinkers, and how we might work together to enjoy a kinder, more productive life and lifestyle. They will move us with their stories and songs of family and love. Join some of Australia’s most respected writers, musicians, politicians and activists in a program set to both inform and entertain us.

Dialogues has been presented with special support from Geoff and Lorrainne

Tim Costello: Has Australia Lost Its Soul?

Helen Garner: One Day I’ll Remember This

Is Australia’s Climate Change Action Enough?

Archie Roach & Dan Kelly in Conversation

Black Summer: Michael Rowland in conversation with Derek Guille

Politics in the Park: Fake News

Growing Up Disabled in Australia

The Great Debate: Are Great Leaders Born?

Are We Making Progress?

Tips for Becoming a Published Writer

Gareth Evans: Australia as a Good International Citizen

Watsonia. Don Watson in Conversation

Food, Family and Friends

How Healthy is Australian Women’s Healthcare?

Raising Girls Who Like Themselves