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ABOUT


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ABOUT


THINK WEST IS a community festival dedicated to enhancing our emotional intelligence through the exploration of philosophy and culture.

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Our People


Our People


Kaj Lofgren – Festival Director

Kaj (pronounced Kai) is the Director of The School of Life (TSOL) Australia, which includes branches in Melbourne and Sydney. Prior to this Kaj served as the Director of Strategy at Small Giants. Small Giants invests in businesses that are shifting us to a more socially equitable and environmentally sustainable world. Trained as a Civil Engineer, Kaj has also worked with Engineers Without Borders and Engineers Australia. He lives in Newport with his wife and young son.

Anna Schoo – Program Producer

Anna is a producer, program manager, production manager and arts professional with broad experience across the arts industry. Anna has worked with White Night Melbourne, Melbourne Festival, Big West Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival and Dark Mofo. She also produces Field Theory, an award winning collective of artists committed to making and supporting art projects that cross disciplines, shift contexts and seek new strategies for intervening in the public sphere. She lives in Melbourne’s north with her partner and young son. 

Megan Sheehy – Festival Coordinator

Megan is the Director of The School of Life Melbourne. An historian and curator by training, Megan wants to create a better future by energising and inspiring people with the power of beauty, art, thought, history, culture, music and philosophy. For over ten years Megan has worked with museums, cultural institutions, heritage organisations, artists, musicians and in private industry. She has developed award-winning interpretation, innovative engagement strategies, curated challenging exhibitions and programs and even co-founded Thornbury Records–an independent vinyl record store and record label. If Megan could take any philosopher out for dinner, she would choose Friedrich Schiller.

Zoe Stark – Program Host

Zoe’s career began on Australian television as nurse Sheena Wilson in Neighbours and Ukranian asylum seeker Katya in Blue Heelers back in the naughties. Beyond her acting experience, Zoe’s deep appreciation for the somatic led her to qualify as a shiatsu practitioner and a decade of yoga teaching. Zoe is an ‘enlightened’ host as well as a seasoned corporate facilitator and has worked extensively in Australia and overseas for the past fourteen years. Zoe brings honesty, her experience as a performer and body worker, and a passion for a deepening engagement with life to her work at The School of Life.

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Locations


Locations


Our 2016 program is hosted in a number of iconic locations
across Melbourne's inner west

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Our Partners


Our Partners


The School of Life Australia

The School of Life is a secular organisation that is devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture. We address such issues as how to find fulfilling work, how to master the art of relationships, how to understand one's past, how to achieve calm and how better to understand and, where necessary change, the world. From our café and classroom in Bourke St we offer classes, workshops, retreats, intensives, secular sermons, and therapies in person. We also publish books, film our events and make a range of objects & tools that will assist you in the quest for a more fulfilled life. 

 
 

Highpoint SHOPPING CENTRE

Highpoint Shopping Centre features over 500 stores including Australian and international designer fashion, homewares and lifestyle brands.  Highpoint Shopping Centre is managed by The GPT Group. GPT achieved a ranking in the top 1% of real estate companies surveyed globally on the 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Of the past five years, GPT has been rated global sustainability leader in this index three times and has been in the top two both other years. Highpoint Shopping Centre prides itself on supporting a thriving local art and culture scene and is hence very proud of its support of Think West 2016.

 
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Proudly


Think West is proudly developed by The School of Life Australia and Highpoint Shopping Centre. Our inaugural festival program is produced in association with a broad range of organisations with a connection to Melbourne’s inner west.

Proudly


Think West is proudly developed by The School of Life Australia and Highpoint Shopping Centre. Our inaugural festival program is produced in association with a broad range of organisations with a connection to Melbourne’s inner west.

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