BREAKING NEWS: Open State returns 28 September – 8 October, 2017

The Open State festival will return to Adelaide from 28 September - 8 October 2017.

Open State is a festival of collaboration, innovation, ideas and enterprise. It aims to:

  • Position South Australia as a place open to new ideas, new people and new technology;
  • Connect leading national and international expertise with SA government, business and community organisations;
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration in South Australia;
  • Position South Australia as a leader in democratic reform, business and community innovation.


Open State was held for the first time in October 2016. Open State turned ideas into action, featuring workshops, pitch events, demonstrations, debates, street activations and activities, drawing from ideas developed from the first week, implementing them as plans for the future.

Highlights included:

  • More than 25,000 attendances – double what was anticipated
  • 60 speakers, participating in 65 events including international experts such as Forbe magazine’s Rich Karlgaard (US), collaborative economy expert Rachel Botsman (UK),  social innovator and founder of OO Indy Johar, and technology and Open Democracy revolutionary Pia Mancini (ARG)
  • 19 million Twitter impressions, reaching 1.8 million individual accounts
  • Injecting $11 million in to the South Australian economy via direct and incremental spending

The Open State festival will return to Adelaide from 28 September – 8 October 2017.

Open State Curatorial Group

Open State curators are bringing their ideas, energy and world class expertise to Open State.

They are making sure Open State reaches new audiences, sparks collaborations and brings fresh ideas into action.

These are: Professor David Paterson, Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk, Dr Fiona Kerr, Dr Kristin Alford, Dr Jared Thomas, Dr Leanna Read, Matt Ryan, Miriam Silva, Nick Begakis AO and Paul Daly.

Click through to read more about the curators.