Performing Arts venues are destinations where communities can come together not just to enjoy the high-quality artistic talent, but also enrich their lives and expand their knowledge through lectures and conversations with those found both on and off the stage. Next month, HOTA: Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast will be host to three special guests as part of their In Conversation series. Over three days, a Neuroscientist, an Artificial Intelligence Researcher and a former Executive Secretary of the United Nations will hold paid conversations around subjects relevant to their careers.
To be hosted by Paul Barclay and Sarah Kanowski of ABC Radio, the first conversation will take place with Dr Hannah Critchlow on Monday 9 March 2020 at 7.00 pm. It is titled “The Science of Fate”, focusing on her area of expertise: neuroscience.
Taking place the day after on Tuesday 10 March 2020 at 7.00 pm, the second of these conversations will take place with AI Researcher Dr Robert Elliott Smith. The subject of his discussion is “Rage Inside the Machine”.
The final presentation on Wednesday 11 March 2020 at 7.00pm will be titled “The Future We Choose”, presented by former UN Secretary Christiana Figueres and centred around the ongoing issue of climate change.
HOTA is presenting all three conversations in association with Griffith University as part of the wider OUT LOUD Festival. The festival sets out to be a festival of big ideas and fun. Each conversation is a paid event, with access to one setting you back $30, two setting you back $50 or all three costing $70.
If more academic-oriented discussions are not of interest to you, there are other events available to attend. Some of these include an ASMR Workshop, sing-a-long screening of The Greatest Showman and (for those looking for something to do on the Sunday that Supanova: Pop Culture Expo is not being held nearby at the Gold Coast Convention Centre) the eSports / Asian Pop Culture festival Pop & Play.