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all about women

12 – 13 mar 2022

All About Women (AAW) invites audiences to gather and reflect on burning questions about gender, equality, and justice.

An annual festival that marks International Women's Day and celebrating extraordinary artists and thinkers, AAW is a vibrant day of stimulating debate about the big ideas important to women, non-binary people and their allies.

In 2022, AAW celebrates its 10th year as well as Chip Rolley’s first festival as the Head of Talks & Ideas, programmed alongside co-curator, Larissa Behrendt.

This year amplifies the power of disclosure and transforming trauma into action; celebrates the rich resource of eldership in our First Nations communities; stages cross-generational conversations, art, and performance, and emphasises the need for allyship, friendship, and collective responsibility.

The line-up will feature a mix of international and local speakers, appearing live and/or livestreaming into SOH venues (Covid-dependent).

Experience the festival in person at Sydney Opera House, or join us online via our livestream program.

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Chip Rolley was appointed as Sydney Opera House’s Head of Talks & Ideas in 2021. He has been the artistic director of Sydney Writers’ Festival, and director of PEN America’s World Voices Festival in New York. He oversaw the prestigious PEN Literary Awards and a slate of literary programs that engaged traditionally underserved participants and audiences. He has edited the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s opinion and news analysis website, The Drum. His writing has appeared in The Guardian (US), Wall Street Journal, Griffith Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Vogue, Rolling Stone and he has translated writing from Chinese to English.

Chip Rolley, Head of Talks and Ideas at Sydney Opera House stands and smiles at the camera with his hands by his side.

Larissa Behrendt AO is the Distinguished Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and at the Director of Research and Academic Programs Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research. She has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues. She is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law. Larissa won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize for her novel Home. Her second novel, Legacy, won a Victorian Premier's Literary Award. Larissa is an award winning filmmaker, and her most recent novel is After Story.

10 years of All About Women

10 years of All About Women

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Countdown to all about women

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girls are coming out of the woods
tishani doshi, amani haydar, eliza hull, joelle taylor, jazz money, lucia osborne-crowley & julia zemiro
Inspired by the movement of survivor testimonies informing social change, the All About Women Opening Night Gala will be a heart-filled celebration of women transforming suffering into power featuring Tishani Doshi, Amani Haydar, Eliza Hull, Joelle Taylor & Jazz Money hosted by Julia Zemiro.
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facing up
roxane gay & nakkiah lui
Nothing is off limits in this conversation at All About Women 2022 between these two incredible writers whose work challenges us with the hard questions about about racism and misogyny today.
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in colour: a dialogue with rising artists
winnie dunn & randa abdel-fattah
All About Women has partnered with Western Sydney-based literacy movement Sweatshop on an emerging writers mentorship program for First Nations, culturally and linguistically diverse writers.