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Challenge your mind with the biggest issues of the day, explored and dissected on our world famous stages. From speakers to workshops, feminism to globalisation, engage with the sharpest thinkers and doers of our age. 


Hannah Gadsby: Douglas

17 Dec 2019 - 21 Dec 2019

Hannah Gadsby is an award-winning Australian comedian whose funny, self-deprecating observations have delighted audiences all over the world. Her brand new live show Hannah Gadsby: Douglas aims to take the voice she found for Nanette (2017/2018) and use it. Douglas is the name of her dog who inspired her to put pen to paper and embark on her next journey.
Made in Australia Laugh Out Loud Engaging
Talks & Ideas

You're Safe Til 2024

Sat 14 Sep

Humanity is at a crossroads and planetary climate disaster is looming. What, exactly, can we do about it? And what does it mean to be living in the midst of all this? Artist David Finnigan asks the hard questions and merges science with theatre in this unlikely documentary of sounds, stories and beats.
Bold Inspiring Electric
Talks & Ideas


Sun 15 Sep

In this intimate performance lecture, award winning Australian performer Rosalind Crisp explores the potential of dance as a medium to embody, capture and connect with stories of environmental destruction.
Bold Inspiring Electric

High Performance Packing Tape

18 Sep 2019 - 22 Sep 2019

Gripping tension. Inescapable suspense. Mind-bending predicaments. Experience beyond edge of your seat theatre as artist Lee Wilson pushes his self-made obstacle course past the breaking point. Cardboard boxes, balloons and packing tape – a DIY dream.
Bold Inspiring Electric

The Irresistible

11 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019

Wild creatures. Plane crashes. Mysterious happenings. Stranger Things meets Twin Peaks in this binge-worthy scifi thriller. Direct from Dark Mofo, this is your chance to experience an other-worldly live performance that is simply irresistible.
Bold Inspiring Electric
Contemporary Music

Nils Frahm

5 Dec 2019

Picking up from his sell-out Concert Hall debut, don’t miss the return of the German piano-prodigy recently described by the BBC’s Mary Anne Hobbs as “the single most important artist in the world right now”. With no two performances the same, experience Frahm’s latest work and more brought to life in a genre-defying, bass throttling live experience.
First Nations

Natives Go Wild

19 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019

Step right up into a wild world of mystery. A mistold tale of circus and wonder. A twisted history unleashed, and a famous freak show unmasked. Be enraptured by the dark truth of P.T. Barnum, the greatest showman, and his mob of circus ‘delights’...
Eye opening Bold Entertaining
Talks & Ideas

Annabel Crabb

22 Sep 2019

Following her 2014 book The Wife Drought, Annabel Crabb's new Quarterly Essay deploys political observation, workplace research and her characteristic humour to disect gender equity. This special in conversation event marks the publication of the 75th issue of Quarterly Essay.
Insightful Engaging Revealing
Contemporary Music

Kamasi Washington

Wed 9 Oct 2019

The visionary future of modern jazz, LA’s cosmic sax prophet Kamasi Washington returns to the Sydney Opera House for an intimate in-the-round performance in a night not to be missed.
Memorable Energising Electric
Talks & Ideas

My Crime is Journalism

Maria Ressa, Lina Attalah, Irina Borogan & Steve Coll

Governments across the globe are cracking down on press freedom. Get to know the courageous journalists who are sacrificing everything to tell the truth at Antidote.
Talks & Ideas

Dark Data

Christopher Wylie & Andrei Soldatov

Data is being used to influence elections and invade our privacy. Hear whistleblower Christopher Wylie and Russian investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov explain why this is one of the most important issues of our age at Antidote.