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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

Is Tech Gendered? - All About Women 2020

11 August 2020

Tea Uglow is the Creative Director of Google Creative Lab. Her work focuses on pushing boundaries in global tech and creative industries. She is also a trans woman. So what does it mean to fight for representation in an industry dominated by white men? What are the false binaries we assume about the skills of men and women? And how can we transcend tokenism in the search for a truly diverse workplace? Don't miss this brilliant event on true intersectionality in the tech world. Hosted by Maddison Counaughton.

Australian Food with Bill Granger - Digital Season 

4 August 2020

Crowned the ‘Egg Master of Sydney’ and ‘creator of avocado toast’, Bill Granger is renowned as the restaurateur who brought laid-back Australian cafe culture to the world and is beloved by family cooks and culinary sophisticates alike.

Ahead of the release of this new book, Australian Food, Bill Granger talks with food writer Adam Liaw about the global phenomenon of Australian cafe culture and the evolution of our national cuisine. 

Blak Matriarchies - All About Women 2020

31 July 2020

For more than 65,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers, grandmothers and aunties have been pillars of the community. Join this incredible lineup of women from across generations as they pay tribute to the strong women who raised them and the ongoing knowledge passed down the matrilineal line. Featuring Celeste Liddle, Bibi Barba, Amelia Kunoth-Monks & Kirli Saunders. Hosted by Rhoda Roberts.

Sober Curious - All About Women 2020

20 July 2020

From boozy benders to weeknight mummy wines to social media posts trumpeting newfound sobriety, our relationship with alcohol has never been more complicated. Journalist Jill Stark chronicled her year off booze, broadcaster Yumi Stynes has been public about her alcohol addiction and subsequent sobriety, and Shanna Whan founded Sober in the Country as a support system for other rural Australian recovering alcoholics. Join these three women in an intimate and nuanced conversation about how we navigate our own relationships with alcohol.

Black Lives Matter with IndigenousX - Digital Season

10 July 2020

As the global Black Lives Matter protests continue, Australians have been challenged to confront the realities of ongoing racism and Aboriginal deaths in custody. Sydney Opera House has invited IndigenousX to curate this panel discussion exploring how state sanctioned violence is enabled and protected by racist ideology, and the role of protests in achieving reform. Curated by IndigenousX with Larissa Behrendt AO, Deng Thiak Adut and Tony McAvoy.

Dear Australia in conversation - Digital Season

3 July 2020

Dear Australia commissioned 50 playwrights to write stories as postcards to the nation, their work interpreted by some of Australia’s leading actors. In this talk, three writers unpack some of the telling themes of these microplays, including their own, and comment on their context in a COVID world. Moderated by Nakkiah Lui, and featuring Aanisa Vylet and Donna Abela, this live conversation is the perfect accompaniment to the comfort and confrontation of Dear Australia.

Australian Genocide at ANTIDOTE 2019

13 June 2020

Calls are increasing for settlers in Australia to acknowledge and confront the ongoing fallout from our country's history. There's an urgent need for a national truth-telling process about the violence and dispossession upon which colonial Australia founded. In this episode of Ideas of the House, we bring you an important session from ANTIDOTE called Australian Genocide, featuring Larissa Behrendt, Nayuka Gorrie & Julie Gough in conversation.  Hosted by Rhoda Roberts.

Green With Rage at All About Women 2020

5 June 2020

Bushfires, flooding, extreme weather: the Australian landscape is changing in frightening ways. Meet three furious and unstoppable women fighting for climate justice. Speakers Yael Stone, Amelia Telford, Jean Hinchliffe. Hosted by Maddison Connaughton.

Thinking Through a Crisis: Annabel Crabb and Adam Liaw - Digital Season

22 May 2020

Join Annabel Crabb and Adam Liaw for a glorious romp through the perils of the pantry, the hazards of the hotplate, and the celebration that greets the perfect sourdough. 

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