Sydney – Wednesday 26 July, 2017. The Sydney Opera House today announced that its new 2017 festival of ideas, art and action, ANTIDOTE, will be streamed live to more than 10 cultural centres across NSW, Victoria, the ACT, NT and WA on Sunday 3 September.
At 11am, The Economist magazine’s Russian and Eastern European Editor Arkady Ostrovsky explores today’s political reality through the lens of Putin’s Russia. Described by The New York Times as ‘a first class journalist... with an instinctive understanding of how politics, ideas and daily life really work there’, Ostrovsky examines what is real, what is fake, and what is possible in today’s new world order.
At 12:30pm, Tamika D. Mallory, the powerhouse political organiser behind the Women’s March on Washington, will reflect on the impact of the largest single-day protest in US history and discuss the ongoing fight for gender equality. Landing on TIME’s 2017 ‘100 Pioneers’ list and Fortune’s 2017 list of the ‘World’s Greatest Leaders’, this is an unmissable conversation with a prominent voice of civil rights, social justice and feminism.
Rounding out the day, an exclusive backstage Q&A with Rutger Bregman will stream to satellite audiences at 1:45pm. The 28-year-old wunderkind and author of Utopia for Realists: The Case for a Universal Basic Income, Open Borders and a 15-hour Workweek has taken his native Holland by storm. “I’ve heard for three years that many of my ideas are unrealistic and unreasonable and that we can’t afford them,” Bregman has said. “And the simple answer is ‘Oh, you want to stick to the status quo? How’s that been working out?”
Danielle Harvey, Sydney Opera House’s Curator of ANTIDOTE, says: “Antidote is all about connecting the world’s leading change makers with local audiences. Our Satellite program is an integral part of that and allows us to take the festival well beyond Bennelong Point. Our partner venues make a tremendous effort to own this day, engage with their local community and make it an event to be remembered.”
Georgina Davison, from Alice Springs Public Library, says: “Our location in Central Australia often limits our capacity to provide events as awesome and thought-provoking as Antidote. We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to present this wonderful event via satellite in the Alice Springs Public Library. This live-feed is part of our Adult Learners Week program and we are extremely excited to be able to bring this important event to our customers.”
Full list of participating venues:
1. Canberra Theatre Centre, ACT
2. Blacktown City Libraries, NSW
3. Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour, NSW
4. Merrigong Theatre Company, Wollongong, NSW
5. Taree Library, Taree, NSW
6. Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, NSW
7. Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, NSW
8. Broken Hill City Library, NSW
9. Forster Library, NSW
10. Alice Springs Public Library, NT
11. Darwin City Library, NT
12. HotHouse Theatre, Wodonga, VIC
13. Frankston Library, VIC
14. Artgold, Boulder, WA
A complete list of events and the festival calendar can be found here.