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Fran Lebowitz sitting in a chair with her hand, while speaking to a panel of three women at raised at All About Women in 2018
Fran Lebowitz at All About Women in 2018. Image: Prudence Upton

Talks & Ideas

Ideas to challenge, inform and inspire

Sydney Opera House's year-round Talks & Ideas program has featured appearances by some of the biggest names in current affairs and contemporary culture.

Speakers range from canonical novelist and essayist Zadie Smith to New York Times bestselling author Michael Pollan, artist Ai Weiwei, Grand Designs host Kevin McCloud, celebrity food writers Nigella Lawson and Yotam Ottolenghi, philosopher Alain de Botton and scientist Stephen Hawking, among many others. 

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