10 March 2024
We already know a woman can do anything a man can do in the workplace, but real change will happen when a dad can do what a mum does in the home. Are we there yet? Nowhere near. But some dads are showing us that becoming a parent shouldn’t have to kill equality in a relationship.
Co-curated by Bri Lee
|Sunday 10 March 2024
|6.30pm - 7.30pm
$8.95 booking fee applies per transaction
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This event will run for 60 minutes.
Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.
Age guidance: 15+
This event contains adult themes and may include strong language. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Get ready for some big dad energy
In days gone by, raising kids was a woman’s job and men were the breadwinners. Fast forward to 2024, and women are expected to work but men are only taking 12% of primary carer’s leave.
So, is it because they don’t want to step into fatherhood, or because they’re not able to? And how is this new generation of dads dealing with the evolving role of care? What are the joys and challenges of parenting in a world of changing labour conditions and work-from-home environments? This conversation will span being a queer dad, managing mental health, negotiating time pressures, and being present. Pull up a chair and listen to some of the best dads leading the way for other men to do more, too.
Presented by Sydney Opera House
Sean Szeps, Not Like Other Dads
If parents aren’t talking out loud together on a regular basis about the rude realities of raising children, then how are we supposed to survive this roller-coaster ride?
30 years, four different names and 67 separate haircuts don’t begin to describe how Osher Günsberg became one of Australia’s most recognisable media personalities.
From his radio career in Brisbane, to music television in the 2000’s, seven seasons of Australian Idol and now as the host of The Bachelor and The Masked Singer - Osher has been a guest in Australian living rooms across generations.
He’s one of Australia’s leading podcasters and is a passionate advocate for positive conversations around mental health and climate action.
Over the years, Amar Singh’s roles have been many and varied. He is a charity founder, social entrepreneur, diversity advocate and dedicated volunteer, and most recently, Amar’s efforts were recognised with a 2023 Australian of the Year Local Hero award – a title that he holds with pride.
Amar has become a respected community leader in Western Sydney and more broadly across New South Wales and the nation, where he, through his charity Turbans 4 Australia, goes above and beyond to support people and communities in need.
Sean Szeps is the funniest dad in Oz—or so his mom claims. A podcast host, writer, and content creator, Sean is renowned for unintentionally becoming an advocate through sharing his experiences as a gay husband raising boy-girl twins.
Originally from America, Sean made the move to Australia and found success hosting parenting podcasts like Spotify’s The Dad Kit and Mamamia’s The Baby Bubble, swiftly amassing a devoted following. This led to opportunities to delve into writing about the queer parenting journey for platforms including the ABC, Mamamia, Kidspot, AdWeek, and The Daily Telegraph.
As a fervent supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community, Sean launched Australia’s inaugural coming out podcast, Come Out Wherever You Are, in collaboration with SCA’s LiSTNR. His guests, including Billy Eichner, Courtney Act, Abbie Chatfield, and Patricia Karvelas, have made a significant impact through their discussions.
His debut book, Not Like Other Dads, is a fearless, candid, and humorous memoir that challenges traditional parenting norms. It was released in June 2023, sharing Sean's journey of reinventing the rules of parenting.
Jamila Rizvi is a best-selling author for adults and children, as well as a columnist for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald where she writes about gender, diversity, politics and family. Jamila is the Deputy Managing Director at Future Women, where she champions gender equity in Australian workplaces through professional development, community and advocacy. Previously, Jamila advised the Rudd and Gillard Governments on gender, early childhood education, media and employment participation. She is a board member of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, and an ambassador for PLAN International and the Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuroscience Foundation.
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The health and wellbeing of everyone attending the Opera House is our top priority. We have a number of safety measures in place including regular cleaning of high-touch areas, air conditioning systems that maximise ventilation, and hand sanitiser stations positioned in all paths of travel. While face masks are no longer required, we ask all our patrons and visitors to practise good hygiene. Please stay home if you feel unwell and read more about our flexible ticket options.
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Foyers will be open 90 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars.
The venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances.
Please bring a credit or debit card for any on site purchases to enable contactless payment. You’re welcome to bring your own water bottle but no other food and drinks are permitted inside our venues. Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside are also available for you to enjoy.
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