About

Socialism 2021 is a festival of anti-capitalist ideas to be held from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 September.

The conference will be held in person in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth with discussions linked up between cities, and online. All tickets are universal, meaning that should one section be unable to go ahead the ticket holder can attend an alternate section including the online conference.

The conference will commence with an opening night panel on Friday night at 6PM and will continue on Saturday and Sunday from 10AM until 8PM. Registration for conference attendees will open each day half an hour prior to the conference commencing.

Tickets for the whole weekend begin at only $30.

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The Socialism Conference brings together hundreds of people who want to understand the world in order to change it and provides a much needed forum to discuss socialist ideas, radical history and key questions in left wing politics. The weekend will feature sessions on global capitalism and inequality, revolution, racism and the far right, gender and sexuality, war and imperialism, Marxist theory and more.

There’s something for every left wing person. For those new to socialist politics, a dedicated stream of Marxism 101 sessions will provide an introduction to the core ideas of Marxism. These sessions are the best environment to find out what Marxist politics are all about and to answer any questions you might have. There are also a range of more advanced discussions of Marxist theory.

The full program for Socialism 2021 is available now.

The Socialism Conference is unlike any university lecture or class at school.

Each session is made up of a talk presented by activists with years of experience organising, reading and writing on the topic; and dedicated time for discussion from the floor. The discussion is a perfect opportunity to ask questions, contribute your thoughts and hear from other attendees. Participation is strongly encouraged, especially for those new to anti-capitalist ideas.

Suggested readings will be available for each session to provide an introduction and background to the discussion.

Whether you’re new to socialist ideas or a long-term activist, the Socialism Conference provides a much needed space for left wing people to meet and get organised.

The Socialism Conference is Sydney’s largest annual gathering of left wing activists, students, unionists and academics; and is a much needed reprieve from the right-wing consensus of mainstream Australian politics. Over 500 people have attended the conference every year since 2016.

The Socialism Conference is hosted by Socialist Alternative, Australia’s biggest anti-capitalist organisation. To find out more about Socialist Alternative, click here.

The conference is supported by Red Flag, Australia’s leading left wing newspaper. To find out more about Red Flag or to subscribe, visit redflag.org.au

All ticket-holders have access to the conference online, we will not be providing refunds solely on the basis of in-person sections of the conference moving online.