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1–2 SEP 2018

We are the ANTIDOTE. A band of speakers, thinkers and creators, united by the unconventional. We are the wayfinders. Explorers of our culture, our politics, our environment. We are the changemakers. Takers of steps and strides towards making the world a better place. We are waiting for you. Join us for a weekend of pioneering ideas, action and change.

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Maureen Dowd

1pm, Sun 2 Sept 2018

As America’s best-known female newspaper columnist, Maureen Dowd has covered nine presidential campaigns, and brings an astute take on contemporary American politics and its leaders.

Chelsea Manning

4pm, Sun 2 Sept 2018

After Chelsea Manning’s 2017 release from military prison, she became one of the world’s most prominent activists around areas of data privacy, surveillance, and trans politics. Meet one of the truly extraordinary changemakers at the height of her powers.

Ta-Nehisi Coates

6.30pm, Sun 2 Sept 2018

Author of some of the most seminal essays on contemporary American politics, interviewer of Barack Obama, and writer for Marvel’s Black Panther comics, Ta-Nehisi Coates is a powerful and influential cultural force
Talks & Ideas

Ronan Farrow

3pm, Sat 1 Sept 2018

Boy genius, celebrity child, and now an investigative journalist. Ronan Farrow interviewed over 300 people to present the allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Discover his thoughts on confronting power with truth.
Talks & Ideas

In exile, at home

2.30pm, Sun 2 Sept 2018

Join this incredible storyteller for an exploration of culture, gender and politics.
An immersive choral experience by composer Sxip Shirey, featuring the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
Want to donate to charity, but don’t know where to begin? Join expert Sam Thorp for practical, independent advice on how to effectively support the causes you care about.
Talks & Ideas


11.00am, Sun 2 Sept 2018

Far-right groups are proliferating across all major democracies. Investigative journalist David Neiwert charts the rise of the alt-right in America and has fascinating insights into its role in the election of Donald Trump.
Talks & Ideas

Race, power & privilege

12.45pm, Sun 2 Sept 2018

World-leading writers and activists Ta-Nehisi Coates and Sisonke Msimang take to the stage to draw a frighteningly clear line from the historical experiences of America and Australia to the current racism in both countries.

Law school

4pm, Sun 2 Sept 2018

Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny Phang talk relationship dilemmas, life dramas, and other people's fantasies. Go beyond the birds and the bees with this hilarious and heartwarming event.
Talks & Ideas

Smashing capitalism for beginners

2.30pm, Sun 2 Sept 2018

The relentless pursuit of profit has had serious consequences for our world. Join Raj Patel for an exhilarating tour through the history of capitalism in a visionary effort to imagine an alternative future.

Rebuilding Syria

12.15pm, Sun 2 Sept 2018

Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni remained in the city where she was born as the war reduced it to rubble. Now it's time to rebuild, and this courageous thinker has some incredible plans to remake her city.

Islam in the free world

10.30am, Sun 2 Sept 2018

More than 1.6 billion people adhere to Islam today. Discover the daily reality of Muslims around the world and what it means for the West.
Enter the raucous, radical, wildly funny world of Queerstories, and be moved by an unexpected tale or two from a diverse line-up of stars and strangers.

SMH Live: Passing the buck

12.15pm, Sat 1 Sept 2018

The shocking revelations from the Financial Services Royal Commission have destroyed the reputations of some of our most trusted institutions. Australia’s leading financial journalists explain how this could happen, and what we should do next.

The original lifehackers

2.15pm, Sun 2 Sept 2018

Disabled people are skilled at harnessing the intuitive creativity cultivated by navigating a world not built for them. Join Liz Jackson as she reveals how this insight offers opportunities for design and innovation.
Press freedom. Entertainment versus information. Scandals and clickbait. Australian's most experienced reporters tackle political media's biggest challenges and discuss how the public can trust journalists again.
Ecologically-aware organiser and author Tanya Lewis challenges us to rethink waste, turn clutter into opportunities and free ourselves from the vicious clutter cycle to regain control over our time and space.
Save your money and keep it out of the pockets of big multinationals: learn how to make an organic skincare product, an eco-friendly cleaning product, and a beeswax wrap that makes an excellent alternative to plastic wrap.

How to be an activist

2pm, Sat 1 Sept 2018

Campaign Director, Creative Director, LGBTQI Rights campaigner Sally Rugg headed GetUp! campaign for Same Sex Marriage in Australia. Now she shares the nuts and bolts of how to start a social movement.

How to fillet a fish

1pm, Sat 1 Sept 2018

Confused about cod? Scared of sardines? Terrified of unsustainable tuna? Australia’s fish guru Josh Niland dives deep into ethical seafood shopping, and teaches you how to clean, gut and fillet a fish.

Subverting surveillance

12.15pm, Sun 2 Sept 2018

Assessing what has really happened in a conflict was once close to impossible, but Human Rights Watch’s Joshua Lyons is using technology in new ways, to reveal the truth in war.

Natural Wines: A User's Guide

3.30pm, Sat 1 Sept 2018

Join Rootstock Sydney co-founder Mike Bennie in a conversation about natural wine. Taste eight of his current favourites, while exploring the processes and provenance that are intrinsic to this fascinating type of wine
Trees are essential to every part of human life, and Jonathan Drori believes that the way that humanity treats trees is one bellwether for the health of our planet.

Fringe-dwellers & fanatics

2.15pm, Sun 2 Sept 2018

Leading writers David Neiwert and Ed Husain take to the stage to discuss the rise of extremism around the world.
Time is of the essence when you’re trying to save the world. Join Raj Patel, Liz Jackson, and Jonathan Drori as they offer up timely solutions to urgent global problems. Expect economics, design, the natural world…and everything in between.

The wonders of jellyfish

10.30am, Sun 2 Sept 2018

No one gets excited about jellyfish quite like Lisa Gershwin. Get to know these magical creatures and what they reveal about the future of our oceans.

War Gardens

1 - 2 Sept 2018

Journalist, photographer and filmmaker, Lalage Snow, takes us on a journey through Afghanistan, Gaza, The West Bank, Israel and Ukraine. Her beautiful images explore private gardens, tended to by civilians caught up in conflict, and reflect the universal search for peace.

Plastic Islands

2 Sept 2018

Experimental visual artist Francesca Pasquali transforms 15,000 unused straws into a live art piece following Sydney Opera House’s commitment to become plastic straw free in collaboration with sponsor Adobe.
In her intensely beautiful art practice, Thai video artist Kawita Vatanajyankur evokes a world of often-invisible domestic labour by painfully testing the limits of her own body.