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Criminal law, psychological skills, oysters, sport and relationships…. welcome to Raising the Bar 2023!


The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters will once again serve up a feast for the mind, with its sixth annual Raising the Bar Adelaide, which will be held across various venues in our City on 8 August.

The speakers at this year’s event will be discussing a wide range of subjects, including but not limited to: how to curb crime, miscarriages of justice, humans' relationship with oysters, surviving domestic abuse, inspirational stories of women aged over 45, how to save electricity over winter and body language.

Mayor Robert Bria said the Council was absolutely thrilled to be able to host the highly anticipated event once again in 2023.

“This year’s speakers cover a range of curious and fascinating topics that are sure to pique everyone’s interests,” he said.

“One of the challenging aspects of Raising the Bar is deciding who to see and in what venue. This year the calibre of speakers is exceptional and we also have new venues onboard including the Rising Sun Inn and Suburban Brew.”

Veteran Raising the Bar Adelaide speakers, The Advertiser’s Chief Court Reporter Sean Fewster and Change Management Consultant, Daniel Panozzo, who are the co-creators and co-hosts of the Just Lawful Podcast, will be speaking at The Alma – for the third year in a row.

During their talk at 6:30pm they will be focussing on the four-way intersection of bias, journalism, true crime and empathy.

“The Alma is always fully booked for Sean and Daniel, so I recommend getting in early and securing your tickets. Then you may choose to stay on for Lyn Barrington, at 8:30pm, who was the first member of the UniSA’s Living Library. Lyn will be discussing surviving domestic violence, along with senior lecturer Dr Sarah Moulds.

“The options are endless at Raising the Bar. One of the drawcards of the initiative is the opportunity to “bar hop” and visit as many venues as you can, in the allocated timeframes, to see and hear the speakers that suit your interests best,” he added.

Raising the Bar originated in New York City when students from New York University and Columbia University combined to bring lectures into informal settings such as bars. Raising the Bar events are now held in a number of cities across the world including London, Hong Kong, Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne.

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters holds the exclusive license to host the event in South Australia. Tickets to Raising the Bar talks are free and bookings are essential. For more information about speakers and venues, and to secure your seat, please visit

Media enquiries: Robert Bria – 0431 754 077