• What is FODI?

    The Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) is an annual event that brings leading thinkers and culture creators from around the world to the Sydney Opera House stages and online to discuss and debate the important ideas of our time.

    Speakers at the festival are asked to present their ideas to create lively and thought-provoking discussions. Our aim is for audiences to leave each session having experienced the excitement of ideas brought to life, and with new food for thought.

  • Where can I buy tickets?

    All the usual ways: 

    - this website

    - phone 02 9250 7777

    - at Box Office at Sydney Opera House, 9am-8.30pm Mon-Sat, and 9am-5pm on Sun.  

  • What's a multipack?

    By purchasing 3 or more tickets to different FODI sessions across the weekend, you qualify for a ‘multipack’ which entitles you to a discount! It’s also the best way to attend the festival, in our humble opinion. Visit the tickets page to get the details.

  • Getting here

    Circular Quay is a five to seven minute walk from the Sydney Opera House. You can catch buses, trains and ferries to Circular Quay.

    Drivers can enjoy one of 1200 parking spaces at Wilsons Carpark, we recommend booking your park ahead of time.

  • Refunds or exchanges

    Refunds for performance tickets are payable in accordance with the  Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Practice - Consumer Code. Exchanges for performance tickets or the replacement of lost, stolen or missing tickets may be permitted under certain conditions and fees may apply. 

  • Can I buy speaker books at FODI?

    Yes you can. Bookstore on site in the Western Foyer & Concert Hall foyer across the weekend. The speakers often sign after their session. 

  • Who created the illustrations?

    Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer living in New York. Her memoir Drawing Blood was published by HarperCollins in December 2015. Her work has been described as “God’s own circus posters,” by Rolling Stone, but beneath the lavishly detailed surface, it engages injustice and rebellion.

    Because of Molly’s 2013 solo exhibition, Shell Game, a series of large-scale paintings about the revolutions of 2011, she was called “an emblem of the way that art could break out of the gilded gallery” by The New Republic. In 2015, Molly Crabapple was awarded Yale Poynter Fellowship, and received a Front Page Award for her art of rebel-held Aleppo. Her art also earned her a 2014 Gold Rush award, and she was shortlisted for a 2013 Frontline Print Journalism Award for her internationally-acclaimed reportage on Guantanamo Bay.

    Molly is a contributing editor for VICE and has written for The New York Times, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, CNN and Newsweek. Her published books include Discordia (with Laurie Penny; Random House, 2012) on the Greek economic crisis and the art books Devil in the Details and Week in Hell (IDW 2012). Molly is the illustrator of Matt Taibbi’s New York Times bestseller, The Divide. She has  collaborated with Spike Jonze to create backdrops for the 2013 YouTube Music Video Awards, and with Esperanza Spalding on projections for her concerts. She created art for Patton Oswalt’s DVD, Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time.

    You can catch Molly speaking at FODI 2016.


    Will be revealed in the coming weeks, stay tuned for announcements and updates.


    Yes you can! Visit the Watch: The Best of FODI page on this website or visit our YouTube playlists for more.


    The Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) is in its eighth year and is presented as part of Sydney Opera House’s annual Talks & Ideas  program. While FODI was co-founded by Rachel Healy and Richard Evans of the Sydney Opera House and Simon Longstaff, Executive Director of The Ethics Centre, in 2009, the festival is entirely run by the Sydney Opera House. Ann Mossop and Danielle Harvey of the Opera House are the co-curators.



    Yes you can! Beat the queues and pre-purchase one of our delicious packages so you don’t waste a minute of the festival. 

    All options are to be collected from Central Bar in the Western Foyers. All packages are $20 and include:

    • Your selected baguette, wrap or salad
    • Bottle of water or juice
    • Piece of seasonal fruit
    • Coffee voucher
  • Where can I find Access information?

    See here for all Sydney Opera House accessibility information.


    Give us a bell on 02 9250 7777 or email us at bookings@sydneyoperahouse.com