The Festival of Dangerous Ideas creeps up on the Sydney Opera House

August 8, 2014 at 11:31 am

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) is returning to push the boundaries further in its sixth consecutive year at the Sydney Opera House. With some of the world’s most renowned leading thinkers and culture creators the festival presents an opportunity to express and debate your thoughts on some of the most provocative topics to date. Here’s our list of speakers we recommend  checking out.

Salman Rushdie

30 Aug, 9:00pm to 10:15pm – from $35

Salmon Rushdie will be headlining the festival with his views on the value of free speech in modern society. He’s attracted much controversy regarding his work on the disruptions, connections and migrations between east and west. The recent  incarnation of Peter Greste, an Australian Al Jazeera journalist in Egypt, ensures Rushdie’s a panelist not to miss.

Pussy Riot

30 Aug, 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm – from $25

31 Aug, 7:15pm to 8:30pm – from $35

Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina drew worldwide attention to their Feminist punk activist group, Pussy Riot, when they served prison time for ‘hooliganism’ in 2012. In one talk the duo will discuss their new non-governmental group, Zona Prava, whilst also sharing their experiences from the Gulag on the following day. Tickets are selling fast to catch the opinions of these two activists.

Steven Pinker

31 Aug, 5:15pm to 6:15pm – from $45

It’s widely assumed within society that the world has become increasingly violent. Steven Pinker, a Canadian experimental psychologist, will be challenging this idea at FODI. Raising the question of whether we are living in the most peaceful time in human history, Pinker considers the notion that violence is declining and has been for centuries.

John Pilger

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31 Aug, 3:30pm to 4:30pm, from $25

In the wake of releasing his film ‘Utopia,’ John Pilger will be addressing the ‘great Australian silence‘ at this years festival. Not only covering the treatment of Indigenous Australians, Pilger will be discussing the unofficial truths that are often disregarded in mainstream debate.

More Information:

Where: Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

When: August 30-31

Tickets: http://fodi.sydneyoperahouse.com