Festival patron Howie Firth, centre, meets and greets some of the festival attendees dur- ing the opening ceremony.
Festival patron Howie Firth, centre, meets and greets some of the festival attendees dur- ing the opening ceremony.

Ross is an ideas man

By JENNIFER HUXLEY

ROSS Scott travels from Wauchope to Grafton at the same time every two years.

He doesn't come to enjoy the river or the jacarandas.

He comes for the ideas.

Mr Scott joined more than 100 others yesterday at Christ Church Cathedral at the opening of the 4th International Philosophy, Science and Theology Festival, an event he claims he 'can't get enough of'.

"This is the third time I have come to this festival ... it's the freshness, the open space discussion, and the stimulation of the ideas opened up that keeps me coming back," Mr Scott said.

"I like the challenge that the festival poses, the challenge of taking back different ideas and ways of thinking from here and trying to put them into your own life."

The opening ceremony included presentations from all areas of the community including a welcome from Yaegl community elder Lenore Parker, a harp performance by noted local musician Geoff Welham, and a combined oral and musical piece by Stan Mussared.

The festival was officially opened by the event's patron, Howie Firth.

According to festival committee chair Roger Millard, the opening ceremony was 'just a taste' of things to come.

"We try to bring present problems into a theme, and ask speakers to raise questions and discuss these problems from a joint perspective," Mr Millard said.

"The event brings people from all around the world and so the committee strives to provide a world-class event. I'm happy with the end result."

Mr Firth said he had 'high hopes' for this year's festival.

"The support from the community is delightful ... Grafton is a natural home for something like this, the people are so warm and enthusiastic that a perfect environment is created for the exchange of ideas," Mr Firth said.



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