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Ideas at the House

Live talks from the world’s greatest minds and culture creators

Catch up on events from recent festivals or dive into our rich archive of talks, hosted by Edwina Throsby, Head of Talks & Ideas.

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Latest episodes

Queerstories Comes Back Out | Antidote 2020

22 Feb 2021

Maeve Marsden hosts the biggest-ever Queestories event at Antidote 2020. Confessions, obsessions, love, loss and fierce resistance – you never know what will happen at Sydney's legendary LGBTQI+ storytelling night. 

Resetting the World | Antidote 2020

15 Feb 2021

2020 was a chaotic and transformative year. Beginning with the catastrophic bushfires that incinerated any last doubts around the impacts of climate change, to international fury at structural and violent racism, to a devistating global pandemic; 2020 was a year like no other. 

This panel, as part of Antidote, discusses what we hope to rebuild from the wreckage and the radical paradigm shifts that need to take place in order to move forward. Featuring Jefa Greenaway, Rebecca Huntley and Jessica Irvine. Hosted by Tom Tilley.

Such a Fun Age | Antidote 2020

8 Feb 2021

It's rare that a debut novel makes the sort of impact of Kiley Reid's book Such a Fun Age. It has quickly become a favourite of book clubs world wide, engendered much debate, and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. In this session as part of Antidote 2020, Kiley is joined by journalist and television presenter Jan Fran for a discussion about privilege, class and race in a world that is never black and white. 

The End of America? | Antidote 2020

2 Feb 2021

Listen to this riveting talk from historian, academic and The New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore from Antidote 2020.  Hosted by Damien Cave, Lepore details the escalating and increasingly polarised political climate; debating if we are witnessing the end of modern America.

Hot Flush Living - All About Women 2020

15 September 2020

Darcey Steinke was furious nobody warned her about the true experience of menopause. Her book, Flash Count Diary, is a powerful exploration of the changing gender landscape and transforming desires of the post reproductive years of women's lives.  Tune into this raw, honest and intelligent conversation, hosted by Jane Caro, as part of All About Women 2020. 

Rethinking Beauty - All About Women 2020

9 September 2020

What does it mean to be beautiful and how can we change our own definitions? Deep dive into how we think about appearance, beauty and the female body with critically-aclaimed author Bri Lee (Eggshell Skull, Beauty) and writer, speaker and appearance activist Carly Findlay, recorded at All About Women 2020. Hosted by Flex Mami.

No Men, No Meat, No Machines - All About Women 2020

26 August 2020

In the 1970s, a group of women decamped to Amazon Acres in northern NSW, with a policy of no men, no meat, no machines. They were part of a global trend where women around the world were creating their own, idealistic societies. Take this rare opportunity for a glimpse into a sequestered world, as part of All About Women 2020. 

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Sydney Opera House Talks & Ideas presents ideas, conversation and debate from leading thinkers and culture creators, extending the reach of live events online with unique content.