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Expand Your Horizons

In collaboration with Etihad Airways

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Congratulations to Alison Hookway. 

Win Business Class flights for two to Paris. 

One trip can change your life. Just ask our Head of Talks & Ideas, Edwina Throsby.

While studying in Paris, Edwina found herself a part of passionate conversations on Parisian streets. Finding inspiration in how conversations shape culture sparked a flame that would fuel her future career.

You too can win a life changing trip to Paris. Together with our Major Partner Etihad Airways, we’re giving you the chance to win two Business Class tickets worth $16,000!

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Etihad Airways are a proud Major Partner of the Sydney Opera House. Etihad is proud to fly artists from all over the world to perform here in Australia.

"I arrived in Paris and it was like everything opened up again and I started seeing the possibility of things..." 


Edwina Throsby, Head of Talks & Ideas


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About Edwina Throsby

Respected producer, director and curator Edwina Throsby joined the Sydney Opera House as Head of Talks & Ideas in 2017. Throsby has dedicated her 20-year career to bringing complex topics and stories to the broadest possible audience across platforms and media. Since joining she has led charge on festivals including All About Women and ANTIDOTE 2018, bringing some of the world’s best thought leaders to share their ideas under the Sails.

The former Head of Curation of TEDxSydney, In her three years overseeing the artistic and creative vision for TEDxSydney, the ideas festival grew to almost 130,000 attendees, millions of online views and more than 150 satellite events.

Prior to TEDxSydney, Throsby founded and produced the ABC’s flagship multi-platform ideas program, Big Ideas, hosted by Tony Jones, which quickly expanded from ABC2 to the main ABC network and ABC News 24.

Throsby has worked as a documentary filmmaker, garnering the Best Documentary award at Flickerfest (2008) and Best Documentary Short award at Melbourne International Film Festival (2008) for Dance Like Your Old Man. She has also worked on esteemed news and current affairs programs, including Four Corners, Media Watch and Q&A.

Edwina recently completed her PhD in political science, writing her thesis on undecided voters in Australia. 

"Having people share ideas in a public space and hear them and talk about them has the potential to really shift things, really shift the centre of conversation."

Edwina Throsby, Head of Talks & Ideas


Follow Edwina's footsteps...

I lived in the 11th arrondissement, and always stay there when I return, so all of my favourite food and drinks are nearby.

Le Chateaubriand (Avenue Parmentier) is great but incredibly hard to get into – a fantastic fallback is its little sibling restaurant right next door, Le Dauphin.

Septime in rue de Charonne is an excellent little local that has become legendary – the tasting menu is amazing (especially with matching wines).

For those wanting the classic French bistro experience, Bistro Paul Bert in rue Paul Bert remains the best – but make sure you book ahead.

If you miss your Australian coffee, go to Ten Belles in rue de la Grange aux Belles.

For drinks, La Buvette in rue Saint-Maur serves great wine and snacks, or Verre Vole in rue de Lancry is great for canal-side people watching.

Our Parisian Recommendations

Where to shop?
For all the best of fashion check out Le Bon Marche and Galeries Lafayette Haussmann.

There is plenty of shopping to do near Metro Rome, Clichy and Chaussee D’Antin La Fayette.

For the best of Parisienne produce, flowers, cheese and jams check out the organic market in Batignolles on every Saturday.

Hidden gems?
Parc des Buttes Chaumont - take a break from the hustle and bustle of Paris in this amazing parkland right in the middle of the city. 

Metro Buttes Chaumont - within walking distance from Bassin de La Villette and Canal Saint Martin where there are many great bars and restaurants.

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