Antidote Festival At The Opera House

Fri 1st September, 2017 – Sun 3rd September, 2017
Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Sydney
Price: From $25
The festival that aims to be an antidote to challenging times opens tonight.

Launching at the Opera House tonight, Antidote is a new festival that aims to answer some of the questions posed over eight years at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, which it will be replacing.

The two-day event will include a series of talks, workshops, art exhibitions and performances by artists, thinkers and creatives who have spearheaded social change.

There are numerous events, some free and others ticketed, which will be live-streamed across Australia and New Zealand to ensure the festival is widely accessible.

Exploring issues of desire and restraint, Cherophobia is a free performance by artist Noemi Lakmaier, who will be lifted into the air by 20,000 balloons over nine hours.

The editors and creators of satirical news organisation The Onion will share their favourite new headlines and reveal just how hard it is to up the ante on fake news in the face of a political climate that seems to be stranger than fiction.

Talks from speakers at the vanguard of shifting ideologies include Janet Mock (a journalist and transgender-rights activist), Micah White (activist and co-creator of the Occupy Wall Street movement) and Tamika D. Mallory (national co-chair of Women’s March on Washington).

Full program details here.