FESTIVAL OF DANGEROUS IDEAS

IT'S NOT JUST DANGEROUS IDEAS, IT'S DANGEROUS REALITIES.

*** Due to the NSW Government (Minister of Health) ban of non-essential public gatherings over 500 people, the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, 3-4 April 2020, has regrettably been cancelled. Ticket holders will be contacted directly. For more information, please view our announcement here ***

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas brings leading thinkers, culture creators, and movers and shakers from around the world to discuss the critical – and often taboo – challenges facing humanity.

Australia’s original provocative ideas festival, FODI has been presented by The Ethics Centre for a decade, to confront the here and now.

It was at the last Festival of Dangerous Ideas in November 2018, that our keynote speaker – celebrated writer, actor and bon vivant Stephen Fry – made the prophetic statement, “It’s not dangerous ideas that should concern us, it’s dangerous realities.”

We liked the line so much we used it as the theme for our tenth festival, which was scheduled to take place at Sydney Town Hall on 3-5 April. Sadly, the 2020 Festival now won’t be going ahead.

Although this decision by the NSW Government is an incredible blow, the health of our audiences, staff, speakers, artists and the wider public, is what matters most.

Our team had created a Festival program we were so proud to present. Unfortunately, the product of thousands of hours of passionate effort cannot be delivered, as planned, on 3-5 April.

But stay tuned. FODI will be back as we continue to explore new possibilities for FODI’s delivery in a post-coronavirus world.

Sadly, most of the costs of putting on the Festival had already been incurred and the effects of a pandemic are uninsurable. If you would like to support the ongoing work of The Ethics Centre during this challenging time, you can do so here. If ever there was a time when the ethics of our response to everyday life really mattered, it is today.

1,000

ALUMNI OF EXPERT SPEAKERS, BRINGING TO LIGHT DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES ON LIFE'S MOST DIVISIVE ISSUES.

9

NUMBER OF EVENTS SINCE 2009, MAKING IT THE ORIGINAL BIG THINKING FESTIVAL

157,000

TICKETS SOLD TO AUDIENCES HUNGRY TO EXPLORE THE BOUNDARIES OF CONVENTIONAL THOUGHT

GET INVOLVED

The next Festival of Dangerous Ideas will celebrate 10 years of brilliant, challenging provocative minds, and game-changing perspectives. For partnership enquiries or speaker submissions visit www.festivalofdangerousideas.com.au.  To be informed of any volunteer opportunities for next years festival please connect with us.

FODI’s evolution

2020

Australia’s original provocative ideas festival, returns to the heart of Sydney in 2020 for its 10th festival. April 3 to 5 will be a milestone weekend of provocation, contemplation, critical thinking and preparation for the battles of the next decade. Program released 29 Jan.

2018

This year The Festival of Dangerous Ideas returned in a new format and new location. Held on Sydney’s Cockatoo Island, the program was a collision of ideas, art installations, live theatre, and panel conversations that stepped into the boundaries of common thought. FODI explored the blurring of truth and trust, internet sub-cultures, fascism, privacy, LSD and the end of the world as we know it. Headline thinkers captured minds and social feeds with Stephen Fry,  conservative historian Niall Ferguson, author Pankaj Mishra, Ex-Westboro Baptist Church member Megan Phelps-Roper, Ayelet Waldman,  Germaine Greer, rock star of AI Toby Walsh, sexologist Dr Nikki Goldstein, criminologist Xanthe Mallett and artists Betty Grumble, Garth Knight and Riley Harmon.

2016

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas completed its final year at the Sydney Opera House with Jesse Bering, Andrew Bolt, Molly Crabapple, Alicia Garza (Black Lives Matter), Henry Rollins (Black Flag (band),  Lionel Shriver and more.

2015

Solo sessions and panels featured the likes of Tariq Ali, Naomi Klein, Peter Greste, Gabriella Coleman, Paul Krugman, Laurie Penny, Jon Ronson, Eric Schlosser and Gideon Raff, exploring themes including the economy, artificial intelligence, climate change, cybersexism, addiction and sugar.

2014

Brought our view of ourselves and our place in the world into question, exploring the fringes of loneliness, masculinity, narcissism, modern slavery and classism. Speakers included  Pussy Riot,  Masha Gessen, Steven Pinker, Elizabeth Kolbert, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Malcolm Fraser, Lydia Cacho, Alissa Nutting, Tim Flannery and Mark Latham.

2013

In 2013 thinkers including Arlie Hochschild, David Simon, Hanna Rosin, Evgeny Morozov, Vandana Shiva, Dan Savage, John Safran and Peter Hitchens explored topics including outsourcing, conspiracy, masculinity, inequality and drugs.

2012

In 2012, Over 50 speakers examined topics including: “All Women Hate Each Other”, “Israel is an Apartheid State”, “The Devil is Real”, “Genital Cutting is Normal”, “We are all Sexual Perverts” and “A Foetus is not a Person”. Speakers included Sam Harris, Germaine Greer, Brian Morris, Tara Moss, Illan Pappe, Jason Silva, Shiv Malik, Ed Howker, Jane Bussmann, Jesse Bering and Tim Harford.

2011

In 2011, FODI delivered a host of cutting edge thinkers including Julian Assange, Jonathan Safran Foer, Alexander McCall Smith, Jon Ronson, Slavoj Žižek, Mona Eltahawy and Philip Nitschke. Diving into the shadows with talks including “WikiLeaks has not gone far enough”; “Psychopaths Make the World Go Around”; “Ecstasy is No More Dangerous Than Horse-riding”and “All Women are Sluts”.

2010

In 2010 Geoffrey Robertson and Alan Dershowitz opened the address with the debate, “The Sins of the Fathers: Should the Pope be held to account?”. Other speakers included Christian Lander, author of the  “Stuff White People Like” with a tongue-in-cheek etiquette guide to Caucasian culture and New York newspaper columnist, and creator of the free range kids movement, Lenore Skenazy on how she was labelled “America’s Worst Mom”.

2009

In the inaugural 2009 event, the festival’s made dangerous beginnings with the opening address was given by Christopher Hitchens on the topic of “Religion Poisons Everything”

FODI Alumni