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Festival of Dangerous Ideas Streams All Around Australia


Two of the most anticipated sessions from the Sydney Opera House’s flagship Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) will be live streamed to 16 sites around Australia, including Riverside Theatres on Saturday 3 September, connecting audiences with world-leading thinkers.

In the first Satellite session, Lionel Shriver, best-selling author of We Need To Talk About Kevin and The Mandibles, will suggest that to Break a Rule a Day is better for your health than an apple. In the second, journalists Annabel Crabb and David Marr discuss whether the Federal Election gave us The Government We Deserve?



For the first time, Satellite audiences will also have the chance to directly engage with festival speakers. Audiences at Riverside Theatres will have the opportunity to join in the Sydney Opera House Backstage Q&A with renowned British philosopher A.C. Grayling, by texting their questions to him on the day. Each Satellite talk will also be Auslan-interpreted.

Sydney Opera House Head of International Development and co-curator of FODI Danielle Harvey said the initiatives were about ensuring that as many people as possible were able join the FODI conversation: “By sharing incredible talks with 16 arts centres and venues across the country – up from seven last year – we’re extending the reach of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas to spark a nation-wide conversation about the issues that really matter today. Our Satellite events have grown exponentially over the past few years, becoming a crucial part of the festival as a whole.”

FODI sessions will be live streamed to Alice Springs, Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin, Cairns and around suburban and regional Australia, where communities are creating local events to join in the festival spirit.

These Festival of Dangerous Ideas Satellites follow the success of the Opera House’s 2016 All About Women live stream program, which enabled audiences across Australia and New Zealand to discuss ideas that matter to women in their communities.

Across its programming, the Sydney Opera House is using technology to connect with new audiences, from school children in regional Australia, India and Korea to virtually transporting Stephen Hawking into in the Concert Hall as a hologram.

For more information on Riverside’s Satellite Events and to book your tickets, click here.

For more information on Festival of Dangerous Ideas and to see a full list of participating Satellite venues, click here.

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