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The case for everyday creativity

Meditation teacher and academic Dr Nadine Cameron writes on casting aside the “fear of the quality of output” and finding fulfilment in everyday acts of art and imagination.

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Online puzzle

The Disappearing Act: A virtual escape room

When a friend is kidnapped during an Opera House magic show, it's up to you to work out what's going on. In this free virtual escape room by the Sydney Opera House, you're challenged to solve puzzles, discover passwords, and #EscapeTheHouse.

Kids & Families

Stage Direction: Grug & Magic Beach

How does a treasured childhood classic become a living, breathing three-dimensional theatre tale? Lenny Ann Low looks at the art of adapting two iconic picture books for the Opera House stage.


Cheat Sheet: Matthew Bourne ballets

Get to know one of the most successful names in dance, who has brought ballet into the 21st century with innovative reimaginings of classic works, before renting five of his greatest works on Stream.

Contemporary Art

Giant Bonsai – A photographic project by Garry Trinh

Artist Garry Trinh’s Giant Bonsai (2011 -) is an ongoing photographic project, digitally presented for Antidote, that celebrates the incidental charms of creative urban vegetation pruning in Sydney.

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Spare a thought for the birds of Circular Quay

For decades, ibises and seagulls have moulded their behaviour around the tourists and workers of the city. But what happens when all the humans disappear?

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Talks & Ideas

Your Liane Moriarty story ideas brought to life

We asked for murder, mystery and suburban mayhem – you delivered. These are the three winners of our Liane Moriarty blurb competition, brought to life by a team of talented artists.

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The story of the missing Attenborough Opera House film

A potty-mouth David Attenborough, an upstart Aussie filmmaker, and a controversial movie that wasn't supposed to see the light of day. This is the scandalous story of Autopsy on a Dream.


Sydney Opera House to scale

Whether miniatures on a movie set or a global Minecraft mission, building the Opera House remains a feat of intricacy and ambition. This longform visual story looks at over 50 years of attempts.


Outlines – Bursting with E-Motion

As lockdown intensifies, artists and institutions alike turn to technology to do what they can’t – enter other people’s lives and living rooms. Ashley Chang looks at how technology and performance are co-existing in the age of digital.

Diverse Emerging Writers Mentorship

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Talks & Ideas

There’s a bomb in my closet – On being queer, Arab and Muslim 20 years after 9/11

Highly Commended in the Antidote and Sweatshop Mentorship Program for Diverse Emerging Writers, Adrian Mouhajer reflects on growing up queer and Muslim in a post-9/11 world.

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Talks & Ideas

Now you see us – On the shortcomings of #StopAsianHate

Recipient of the Antidote and Sweatshop Mentorship for Diverse Emerging Writers Patricia Arcilla writes about the “tidiness” of #StopAsianHate in the face of deeper systemic problems.

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Talks & Ideas

Mother tongues and minor feelings

Recipient of the Antidote and Sweatshop Mentorship for Diverse Emerging Writers Joyce Chew on family, migration, language and the “glittering visage of the Australian ‘fair go’”.

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Talks & Ideas

Soul-searching with Pepe the Frog

Highly Commended in the Antidote and Sweatshop Mentorship for Diverse Emerging Writers, Tiffany Fong looks at the dangerous, cult-like appeal of the alt-right to a generation seeking community and meaning.

Talks & Ideas

The education conversation Australia has to have

Finnish educator and author Pasi Sahlberg writes on the chasm of inequality that exists in our school system and the systemic issues holding Australian schools back.

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Online puzzle

Trials of Wisdom: A Virtual Escape Room

In this one-of-a-kind online escape room, you need four passwords to earn your freedom. Adventure through the House, solve a series of cryptic puzzles and attempt to #EscapeTheHouse.

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Opera House yarns – 5 books to fill the void

These five books have the Opera House as a centrepiece – of treasured memories, bumpy journeys, and triumphant careers.

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A career in sails - 50 years at the Opera House

Peter Tucker started working at the Sydney Opera House 50 years ago, before the building was even complete. Since then, he's worked all across the House, and even met the President and the Queen on the job.

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An octopus’ garden underneath the Opera House

Discover the sea creatures that dwell beneath the harbour in our artificial reef along the Sydney Opera House sea wall.

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Sydney Opera House at rest

This visual story from photographer Daniel Boud offers an eerie but hopeful look inside the sails of Opera House, where it's quiet for the first time in nearly 50 years.

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Preserving the Grand Organ

Each of the 10,244 pipes will be cleaned by hand – it’s a tricky job.


5 superb Sydney Opera House hats

Hold onto your hats, we're crowning the best buckets and bonnets that pay tribute to the Opera House. Here are our top five spectacular (impractical) Opera House hats.

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First Nations

Learning from Country: An Indigenous design perspective

After speaking as part of Antidote panel Resetting the World, Jefa Greenaway writes on why it's more critical than ever than we infuse Indigenous perspectives into our everyday design thinking.

Stage Direction

Musical theatre

Stage Direction: Cry-Baby

A camp musical set in the 1950s from cinema’s ‘Pope of Trash’, John Waters’ Cry-Baby has endured as a cult classic. Elfy Scott follows the film's complicated journey from screen to stage.

Musical theatre

Stage Direction: The Phantom of the Opera

Now a pop culture staple, Gaston Leroux's tale of the Phantom has taken countless forms over the years. Melanie Tait looks at the origins of the musical that took over the world.


Stage Direction: The Little Prince

In the first of our new series on page-to-stage adaptations, Neha Kale looks at how Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s poignant tale of a young prince lives on in the 21st century.


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Recipe: Peter Gilmore's cherry jam lamington

Peter Gilmore's lamington recipe is the cherry on the cake of the Bennelong menu and now you can make it at home.

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Recipe: Bennelong pastry chef Rhiann Mead’s “perfect croissant

Reenter the picnic game with these "perfect croissants", courtesy of the best in the business, Bennelong Head Pastry Chef Rhiann Mead.


Recipe: Leche flan donuts by Portside Sydney's Exec Chef Elton Inglis

Try your hand at these Filipino-inspired, moreish donuts that Elton Inglis created for his wife during lockdown.

Cheat Sheets

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Cheat Sheet: Elizabeth Kolbert

Our picks of essential writing from environmentalist, author and Antidote headliner Elizabeth Kolbert.


Cheat Sheet: Yanis Varoufakis

Everything you need to know about the influential economist, politician and author Yanis Varoufakis.

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Cheat Sheet: Afua Hirsch

Meet Afua Hirsch, the journalist, lawyer and friend-of-Rihanna who’s spearheading complex discussions about British identity. 

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Talks & Ideas - All About Women

Cheat Sheet: Laura Bates

Why you should know Laura Bates – a global authority on the burgeoning radicalist movements that are indoctrinating boys and men.

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Talks & Ideas - All About Women

Cheat Sheet: Koa Beck

Why you should know Koa Beck – the former Editor in Chief of Jezebel who's trying to upend feminism's status quo.

Illustration of someone holding an Isabel Allende cheat sheet in one hand and a pen in the other

Talks & Ideas - All About Women

Cheat Sheet: Isabel Allende

Why you should know Isabel Allende – the “literary legend” whose books have defined a genre and a generation.

When I Was Little

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When I Was Little: Graham Hosking

By day, he investigates insurance claims; by night, he is the genius creator of Sidney Opera Mouse – the little mouse with big dreams. We spoke to English author Graham Hosking about what his big dreams were when he was little.


When I Was Little: Teeny Tiny Stevies

They may be Teeny Tiny but they’ve made a great big mark on the children’s entertainment world. We spoke to the talented sisters about what it’s like to live your childhood dreams.

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When I Was Little: The Listies

Australia's favourite kidult comedy duo The Listies are introducing Shakespeare to kids with turbo-charged story-telling and silliness!

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When I Was Little: Tim McGarry

There's a Sea in My Bedroom director Tim McGarry shares his childhood dreams in our new series chatting with theatre-makers and creatives who bring magic to our stages, and wonder to our little ones.

Side-by-side young and old Lucky Lartey

Kids & Families

When I Was Little: Lucky Lartey

In this edition of When I Was Little, we speak to dance artist Lucky Lartey, star of Infusion, No Movement, No Sound, whose work draws from a rich Ghanan upbringing full of rhythm and dance.

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