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Christian Thompson, Craig Reucassel, Benjamin Law & Yassmin Abdel-Magied among local line-up for ANTIDOTE: A festival of ideas, art and action

August 10, 2017 Whats On No Comments Email Email

The Sydney Opera House today announced that a stellar line-up of local thinkers, writers and activists will join some of the world’s most interesting change-makers at the inaugural Antidote: a festival of ideas, art and action.

Taking place across the Sydney Opera House on 2-3 September, the local line-up features:

  • The Chaser’s War on Everything’s Craig Reucassel will chair “Real Fake News: The Onion Live,” a timely discussion of satire today featuring ‘America’s Finest News Source,’ The Onion’s Managing Editor Marnie Shure, Video Director Katy Yeiser and Senior Writer Dan McGraw.
  • Mechanical engineer, social advocate, writer and 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year Yassmin Abdel-Magied, in conversation with Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, the creator of stereotype-smashing US website Muslim Girl.
  • Benjamin Law, screenwriter, journalist and author of The Family LawGaysia: Adventures in the Queer East and Shit Asian Mothers Say, will chair sessions with two speakers: London-based Reni Eddo-Lodge, activist and author of Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, and local broadcaster and LGBTQI activist Julie McCrossin, who will reflect on Sydney’s first Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 1978.
  • Writer, unionist and Guardian Australia columnist Van Badham will appear alongside Tony Award-winning playwright, performer and founder of the V-Day global activist movement, Eve Ensler, discussing Ensler’s most famous work,  The Vagina Monologues, and why two decades on we still need a revolution.
  • Lucky Price, casting agent, advocate for trans visibility and Associate Artist on Belvoir’s upcoming production, Hir, will introduce and host a Q&A with US writer, transgender rights activist and host of the podcast Never BeforeJanet Mock.
  • Guardian Australia editors and journalists will chair a number of sessions: Ben Doherty(Yeonmi Park and Shashi Tharoor), Gabrielle Jackson (alongside founder of Women’s March on Washington, Tamika D. Mallory) and Lucy Clark with Good Chance Theatre from the Calais Jungle’s Kirstin Shirling.

Presented by art and social change platform antidote.org.au, a free outdoor exhibition featuring images from Australian born, London-based contemporary artist Christian Thompson’s Lake Dollywill be installed along the Sydney Opera House’s Western Broadwalk from Monday 28 August – Thursday 7 September.

Named after the creek where Christian Thompson’s grandfather grew up, Lake Dolly is an auto-ethnographic exploration of identity, gender and race. Compelling and provocative, Thompson’s works merge his lived experience as a Bidjara man with his research as  the first Aboriginal Australian to be admitted into the University of Oxford in its 900-year history. Formally trained as a sculptor, Thompson’s multidisciplinary practice also encompasses photography, video, sculpture, performance and sound.

Lake Dolly joins Antidote’s free art program, which also includes the performance installation Cherophobia in the Concert Hall (register your attendance here) and Blank Placard Dance, Replay.

Antidote replaces the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in 2017.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE WITH MOST ANTIDOTE SPEAKERS.
Contact Julia Lenton on jlenton@sydneyoperahouse.com or 0410 748 039 to discuss availability.

Click here to see the full ANTIDOTE line-up. 

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