The Ethics Centre presents the Festival of Dangerous Ideas
30 January 2020 at 7:30 am
Australia’s original provocative ideas festival returns to Sydney this April to present a dangerous weekend of critical thinking and important conversations.
The festival will celebrate its 10th festival with the theme “Dangerous Realities” with topics confronting the everyday and global dangers we must collectively face. Over 30 local and international speakers will converge at Sydney Town Hall for this anniversary event – a nod to the traditional meeting and rallying place for communities.
The newly-released program features whistleblower Edward Snowden speaking via satellite; wrongfully convicted Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton; author and gonzo-style journalist Jon Ronson detailing his latest foray into the world of porn; and activist and writer Masha Gessen, who will predict Putin’s next move from Russia’s political past.
Other program highlights include American political philosopher Michael Sandel, controversial enviro-journalist David Wallace-Wells, Aboriginal Australian human rights lawyer Megan Davis, and moral philosopher Peter Singer, among many more.
Presenting The Hitch – an oration created in honour of Christopher Hitchens, delivered last FODI by Stephen Fry – is Roxane Gay, self-described “bad feminist” and one of the most thought-provoking commentators today.
Complementing these dangerous ideas will be a series of performances, art installations and workshops. One of the many highlights will be Unforgivable – a collaboration that aims to ignite change through a united collective youth voice. Australian youth leaders Daisy Jeffrey, Audrey Mason-Hyde, Dujuan Hoosan and Dylan Storer share their messages with Australia alongside the all-female, Indigenous Marliya Choir in a world premiere event featuring the music of Spinifex Gum. In this session you choose the ticket price, with the provocation of how much are we willing to listen and support our youth.
Last festival sold out so don’t miss out. Explore the program now at festivalofdangerousideas.com
UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to the situation surrounding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the NSW government (Minister of Health) has issued a ban of non-essential public gatherings over 500 people, and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas was officially cancelled on 16 March 2020.