Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) is returning to Carriageworks over the weekend of August 24–25 with a program of talks designed to provoke better conversation. Its 2024 theme is “sanctuary” and its speakers will be announced in June.

Festival director Danielle Harvey said the twelfth iteration will be all about creating a space for exchanging ideas.

“We know that it’s wild out there,” she said in a statement. “It’s a litany of entrenched ideas, 24-hour news cycles, shallow information and self-censorship. We desperately need a space where we can engage with challenging ideas in good faith.”

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FODI will include local and international guests on “important and rousing topics”. The event will also be a space where we’re “safe from hype” and encouraged to ask questions, says Harvey.

“[It’ll be] a sanctuary, where audiences can engage with these ideas in a way that we, unfortunately, can’t in the wild.”

It’s the first time the festival has run since 2022, when speakers included gender non-conforming performance artist Alok Vaid-Menon, Senator Jacqui Lambie and Walkley-winning journalist Jess Hill.