What Does It All Mean – 2020 WA Showcase the Conversation?

One good conversation can shift the direction of change forever.Linda Lambert

I thought I would take a minute to explain why 2020 WA Showcase is called The Conversation despite the fact I cannot find a theme song that goes with it (those who know me know, I love a theme song).

The first thing I would say is that most people say to me the most important outcomes they get from WA Showcase are the conversations they have with each other, artists, presenters, producers, visiting speakers and service providers all in one place and a 4 day throng of advice, connection, understanding, sharing and, very importantly, laughter.

In 2020, I thought the focus needed to be on having meaningful conversations at every intersection of the event. What this will mean is;

  • Dee Madigan will again join us and workshop how to have conversations with government, an area we could all get better at;
  • The ever popular and effervescent Dr Bob Harlow will speak again on the need to keep the conversation going;
  • New speaker and UK expert Heather Maitland will work with us on what to do with the things we learn in our conversations; and
  • Another new speaker, the USAs Marianna Adams will help us have better conversations with our communities.

Alongside our speakers, we intend to turn more of the pitching into conversations and interactions rather than staged presentations.

We are leaving more spaces for people to have the conversations they seek and looking to cause more meaningful intersections between producers and presenters.

At the end of WA Showcase 2020 I will feel that I have done my job if a whole group of you are hoarse, talked out, ready to go hermit or have a jaw ache.

The Conversation, if it works, will help you plan your critical conversations for the next few years. To book or find out more click here

I hope to see you there.


 A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That’s why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet