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Antidote festival to replace Festival of Dangerous Ideas

The Sydney Opera House will host a new two-day festival dedicated to progressive ideas and activism from 2-3 September.

The Antidote festival replaces the Sydney Opera House’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI), which has been run annually in partnership with the St James Ethics Centre since 2009.

Festival organisers said the event was an opportunity to ‘come together to recharge, rethink, take stock and take action’ on issues including politics, climate change and money, and will ‘build on the ground-breaking’ FODI.

‘Every speaker and artist you’ll meet has put their reputation (and in some cases body) on the line, fighting for what they believe in,’ said the organisers. ‘They’ve used their art, thinking and attitude to create the change they want to see in the world, and we’re hoping that by giving them a platform, we can inspire you to do the same.’

International guests include author and transgender rights activist Janet Mock, who will also appear at the Melbourne Writers Festival; Tamika D Mallory, national co-chair of Women’s March on Washington; Reni Eddo-Lodge, journalist and author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race; the team behind the US satirical news site the Onion; Amani Al-Khatahbeh, founder and editor-in-chief of MuslimGirl; and Russian-born British journalist Arkady Ostrovsky.

Local guests include Jack Charles, Archie Roach, Julie McCrossin and Celeste Liddle.

To see the full line-up, click here.


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