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1–2 SEP 2018

We are the ANTIDOTE. A band of speakers, thinkers and creators, united by the unconventional. We are the wayfinders. Explorers of our culture, our politics, our environment. We are the changemakers. Takers of steps and strides towards making the world a better place. We are waiting for you. Join us for a weekend of pioneering ideas, action and change.

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Talks & Ideas

Race, power & privilege

12.45pm, Sun 2 Sept 2018

World-leading writers and activists Ta-Nehisi Coates and Sisonke Msimang take to the stage to draw a frighteningly clear line from the historical experiences of America and Australia to the current racism in both countries.
Press freedom. Entertainment versus information. Scandals and clickbait. Australian's most experienced reporters tackle political media's biggest challenges and discuss how the public can trust journalists again.

Fringe-dwellers & fanatics

2.15pm, Sun 2 Sept 2018

Leading writers David Neiwert and Ed Husain take to the stage to discuss the rise of extremism around the world.
Enter the raucous, radical, wildly funny world of Queerstories, and be moved by an unexpected tale or two from a diverse line-up of stars and strangers.
Time is of the essence when you’re trying to save the world. Join Raj Patel, Liz Jackson, and Jonathan Drori as they offer up timely solutions to urgent global problems. Expect economics, design, the natural world…and everything in between.

SMH Live: Passing the buck

12.15pm, Sat 1 Sept 2018

The shocking revelations from the Financial Services Royal Commission have destroyed the reputations of some of our most trusted institutions. Australia’s leading financial journalists explain how this could happen, and what we should do next.