2018 FESTIVAL THEME
People have always longed to know where we come from, why the world came to be and why things are the way they are.
And so for millennia, we have sat around fires, gathered under trees and in hillside amphitheatres, weaving stories that account for the unseen forces that shape our lives. It is our fictions that define us, our ability to generate and believe in a collective myth that makes us unique as a species. Our myths can be large and existential, but also central to the way we function — whether the many creation myths that explain our existence and define our identities, or the more functional fictions of the concept of money, or the concept of the nation that allow us to operate on common ground.
ISF 2018 takes on this massive theme, and examines ten centuries of human imagination and storytelling. We present a continent-spanning range of artists, from the inheritors of ancient oral storytelling traditions to genre-defying musicians, award-winning novelists, and provocative visual artists.
Join us in what we promise will be the most eclectic, exciting and nourishing two weeks this summer.