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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

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. 

Latest episodes

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. 

Abusive Cultures - All About Women 2020

18 August 2020

Whatever country or culture you belong to, gendered abuse and violence is found across the world. In Australia, one in four women has experienced violence from a male intimate partner. In Pakistan, "honour killings", where women are killed by male relatives, are still occurring. Join these leading journalists for a cross cultural conversation about the universal emergency of violence against women. Hosted by Gina Rushton, as part of All About Women 2020. 

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.

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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.