Sydney Opera House discontinues Festival of Dangerous Ideas as new event is announced

Encouraging you to think big, bold and take action, Antidote is the latest festival to join the blossoming list of annual events at the Sydney Opera House.  The two day festival, which will be replacing Festival of Dangerous Ideas, celebrates the thinkers and doers who have spearheaded change in a time of uncertainty.

Running from September 2-3, Antidote will fill Australia’s most recognisable meeting place with immersive performances, courageous ideas and some of the world’s leading change agents.

The bill will include international bestselling author and transgender rights activist Janet Mock, National Co-Chair of Women’s March on Washington Tamika D. Mallory, author of, ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to What People about Race,’ Reni Eddo-Lodge, and the star satirists behind The Onion.

The festival also features local heroes Uncle Jack Charles and Archie Roach, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gra’s ‘78er Julie McCrossin and Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist’s Celeste Liddle.

A free durational performance of Noëmi Lakmaier’s Cherophobia will also take place in the Sydney Opera House’s magnificent Concert Hall. Lakmaier’s bound and immobilised body will be lifted by 20,000 multi-coloured balloons over nine hours.

“In a world rife with anger and anxiety, Antidote is all about hope- a platform for extraordinary people to share their stories, for activists to tell us what they have learned and for artists to make us think,” says Sydney Opera House’s Curator of Antidote Danielle Harvey. “As the free centrepiece of the festival, Cherophobia invites our audiences to ponder the artists intention and see ‘performance’ in a completely new way.”

Tickets for Antidote go on sale July 6. Free registrations for Cherophobia are now open. For more information visit:


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