The eighth Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) is a compelling weekend of challenging, inspirational and robust discussion with powerful speakers from around the world.


“The Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) is back with dangerous ideas and speakers from around the world. In FODI land, you will be able to  explore a dark and dangerous landscape with conversations about death, dirty politics, disappearing countries and disruptive behaviour to guide your way.

Death, mercy and justice will make their appearance, as well as discussions about suicide.

In an Australian and US election year, and in the wake of the uncertainties of Brexit, politics take a front seat with stellar speakers from Australia, the UK and the US.

Globally, the number of people displaced by conflict is at its highest number since the aftermath of the Second World War. While countries in conflict are disappearing, others obsess about the strength of their borders. So let’s find out if it is time to turn the conversation around, and think about opening our borders.

Meanwhile, the iconoclasts, the rule-breakers, the explorers and adventurers will come out to play, putting disruptive behaviour on show to create real festival moments. Don’t miss them.”

Ann Mossop & Danielle Harvey
Curators, FODI
Sydney Opera House


“The world is a tumultuous place. Trust in our major institutions is at an all-time low. Name-calling and denunciation is at an all-time high. At times like this it’s tempting to keep our heads down and seek comfort in what’s safe and familiar. Or you can brace yourself, be challenged and try to make sense of the world around you. You can be chafed and swayed. You can come to FODI.”

Dr Simon Longstaff AO
Co-Founder, FODI
The Ethics Centre 


*The views and opinions expressed by speakers presented at Festival of Dangerous Ideas are the individual’s own. They do not purport to reflect the views and/or opinions of the Sydney Opera House Trust, its employees, attendees, partners, sponsors, funding bodies or the Australian government.

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