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Reni Eddo-Lodge at Antidote 2018. Image: Daniel Boud

An audio guide to Antidote

Listen to highlights from 2017’s festival to get yourself into the right mindset this year.

Susie Anderson

Marc Fennell hosted our interview series podcast It’s a Long Story, jumping in the Sydney Opera House recording studios for exclusive interviews with some of the festival’s amazing guests. While all of the episodes from Antidote are must-listens, here are three standouts: 

Eve Ensler

“The power of story"

The American playwright and activist most known for her play The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler’s global outreach and community mobilising seemingly knows no bounds. In this episode she shares unheard moments from her early career, turning points after the success of Vagina Monologues and how cancer changed her life and strengthened her commitment to her activism.

Eve Ensler at Antidote 2017. Image: Prudence Upton

Inua Ellams

“Creating space to get lost”

Hot off performances of his one-man show An Evening With an Immigrant and a run of his excellent The Barbershop Chronicles at Sydney Festival, Inua Ellams brought the South London flavour to this episode of the podcast. He relates his experience growing up Nigerian in the UK, and how night-time walks that curbed his insomnia eventually led to his poetry and playwriting career.

Inua Ellams at Antidote 2017. Image: Prudence Upton

Yeonmi Park

“Learning what freedom means”

Yeonmi’s story of leaving North Korea is one of the most viewed videos of all time – ever. In 2007 she fled to China, made her way to South Korea and eventually to the United States. In this intimate conversation with Marc she shares the incredible story of her escape, and how she’s using the fame she gathered from the viral video to advocate for human rights in North Korea and worldwide.

Yeonmi Park at Antidote 2017. Image: Prudence Upton

While it’s true that one can never truly go back, there are fortunately plenty of recordings from Antidote 2017 available to listen on our other podcast, Ideas at the House on iTunes. Hours of thought-provoking, funny and challenging talks to listen to at the touch of a button. We recommend starting with the following three:


The first Mardi Gras

Julie McCrossin

In 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrated their 40th with a visit from one of the queer community’s most-loved icons, Cher. Just ahead of this milestone at Antidote 2017, we invited original ‘78er Julie McCrossin to take us back to the political roots of the first Mardi Gras parade, which featured more grit than glitter.

Julie McCrossin at Antidote 2017. Image: Prudence Upton

Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race

Reni Eddo-Lodge

Reni Eddo-Lodge was frustrated when conversations about racism were met with angry denial and white guilt. In 2014 she published a blog post: ‘Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race’. The post went viral and comments flooded in. Reni’s resultant book continues where the blog post began, and her presentation at Antidote 2017 invites us into a discussion that moves beyond the personal and into the structural. Joined by writer Benjamin Law, they discuss emotional labour in conversations about race and vent about whitewashed feminism.

Reni Eddo-Lodge. Image: Daniel Boud

Real Fake News with The Onion

The internet’s oldest and most reliable news source The Onion visited Australia for the first time to respond to the almost unbelievable notion of a ginger-haired reality television business mogul as president. In this session hosted by The Chaser’s Craig Reucassel, they wonder how to make political satire when the reality of politics in the United States has gone far beyond a joke.

The Onion on stage at Antidote 2017. Image: Prudence Upton

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