Dr Karl will be at Splendour in the Grass 2016.
Dr Karl will be at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Contributed

Dr Karl, Barnaby Joyce and 'how to unf*** the planet'

DEPUTY Prime Minister and leader of the National Party, Barnaby Joyce, will be strutting his best political moves at Splendour in the Grass' Q&A Forum.

The Queensland senator is famous for his relaxed style of fronting the media and hilarious quotes such as "bye bye Johnny, thanks for the publicity," (ABC TV, last Saturday) in relation to his stint with Johnny Depp about his dogs.

Barnaby Thomas Gerard Joyce will be joined at the Q&A Forum by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young and other panelists on Sunday, July 24.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is heading to Splendour in the Grass 2016.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is heading to Splendour in the Grass 2016. Sophie Lester

The panel is a live version of ABC's political panel proghram Q&A, also fronted by Tony Jones.

To ask a question, email qanda@splendourinthegrass.com or tweet using #qandasitg.

Breaking Bland

On Friday, July 22, comedian Tom Ballard will front a panel called Breaking Bland. 

Is mainstream TV censoring authenticity? Who is telling young people's stories? Hosted by comedian, broadcaster and self-confessed TV nerd, Tom Ballard, this expert panel share their devious strategies for taking uncensored stories to the world.

Bryan Elsley, creator of the TV series Skins, will appear by video link from the UK on the panel.

Other guests will be Deb Cox (Deadlock, Seachange, East of Everything, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries), interactive gaming and multi-platform storyteller Mike Jones (The Kettering Incident, Wastelander Panda, Inside Out) and award winning screenwriter/director Billie Pleffer (Bino, Baby Baby). 

After the session, Deadlock Producers will run a live screen testing booth at Splendour Forum for aspiring youthful talent. See http://www.deadlock.tv for more.

Dr Karl

What's the link between earwax and armpit sweat?

Why do polyester shirts stink and why do we draw stars as having points, when they're really enormous spherical blobs?

On Sunday, July 24, join doctor, physicist, mathematician and Harvard University IG Nobel Prize-winner (for his ground breaking research into belly button fluff and why it is almost always blue) Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki, one of Australia's 100 National Living Treasures, as he probes whether cows can make strawberry milk, finds out how radioactive you are and how much clouds weigh.

Laugh and learn.

Women Of Letters

Writer, broadcaster and actor Marieke Hardy is back for a seventh year running, this time with poet and slam-nerd Emilie Zoey Baker, to celebrate the beautiful lost art of letter writing, on Saturday, July 23.

Join artists Montaigne, Wafia, Liz Drummond (Little May), Nicole Millar, comedian Becky Lucas, film-maker Eva Orner and others for the annual special festival edition of the literary salon Women of Letters, as they each narrate their Letter to the Song They Wish They'd Written , and maybe even perform it. 

How To Unf***k The Planet

How f***d are we?

Well, in the words of The Unf****rs, "pretty f***d - but we're optimistic".

Thanks to industry, cars and mass consumption, we've made a mess of this planet, but we need to stop thinking it's not our problem, that it's up for political debate or that it's just too hard to fix.

Also on Saturday, July 24, Lindsay 'The Doctor' McDougall will host a panel of experts gathered to tell us about real, practical and everyday ways we can empower ourselves to help mend the planet.  

Co-presented by Green Music Australia, the panel will hear from 350.org's Charlie Wood, CounterAct's Nicola Paris, Ariane Wilkinson from Environmental Justice Australia, Caro Shields from Be An Unf***r and Melbourne Ska Orchestra's Nicky Bomba.

For more details on Splendour Forum or Splendour Comedy visit the festival's website.

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