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Inspire Festival

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse and Brisbane Writers Festival

Want to live a more inspired, meaningful life? Or see the world in a new light and nurture your curious and creative spirit?

Inspire Festival is designed to evoke inspired thought and positive action, whether that be in your own life, or those around you. Inspire Festival’s previous speakers have included Gretchen Rubin (The Happiness Project), Vince Frost (Frost* Collective) and Hannah Pool. This year’s program promises to include local and national thought-leaders from a variety of disciplines.

Come along to one of the three sessions; Talk, Democracy or Drive or purchase a Festival pass to experience all three sessions PLUS an exclusive invitation to opening drinks on Friday evening (not available for individual purchase).
Inspire TALK 10am – 11.30am
Stan Grant, Trent Dalton, Robin Bailey, Kelly Higgins- Devine (host)
In this age of social media, texting and tweets the art of the truly inspiring conversation is being lost. These conversational maestros who have established careers curating and creating intimate portraits of the lives and stories of others share their deep insights into the art of conversation and how we can encourage human connection and conversation.
We wish to advise that Stan Grant will now be delivering his talk via Skype. In a demonstration of the power of talk, Stan will be participating in the Referendum Council that will lead a national conversation on recognising Indigenous Australians in the constitution.
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Inspire DEMOCRACY 12.30pm – 2pm
Jan Owen AM and Eyal Halamish, Mark Bahnsich, Dr Lorann Downer, Erik Jensen (host)
It’s an election year. Once again we will go to the polls and exercise our democratic right to choose who leads our country. What does democracy mean in modern Australia? Do we vote with our heads or hearts and what do we need to consider when we head to the polls later this year.
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Inspire DRIVE 3pm – 4.30pm
Michael Ross, Orange Sky Laundry (Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett), Tim Fairfax AC and Catherine McGregor AM
The speakers in this session were all awarded Australian/Queenslander of the Year awards this year. What drives them to follow their dreams, and what inspires them to give themselves so openly to their area of focus.
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About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm every day.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants; Bar Alto and Watt Restaurant + Bar. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and Sofitel Brisbane