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Antidote 2020

This year's lineup includes talks about post-Trump America and reasons to be cheerful, as well as free Indigenous Australian language workshops.
By Ben Hansen
November 27, 2020
By Ben Hansen
November 27, 2020

Antidote — the Sydney Opera House festival of ideas, action and change – will return for its fourth year with both in-person and live-streamed talks, workshops and performances. This year's program, curated by Head of Talks and Ideas Dr Edwina Throsby, has been shaped by the unprecedented events of 2020, with speakers and artists reflecting on the year that's been and looking to the future.

Running from 10am on Sunday, November 29, the 2020 program will kick off with the Tom Tilley-hosted Resetting the World, a discussion on how to rebuild the world with fresh perspectives featuring Indigenous-led design advocate Jefa Greenaway, climate change social researcher Rebecca Huntley and economic journalist Jessica Irvine. Later in the day, you can join discussions with the author of the book Such a Fun Age, Kiley Reid on race, class and privilege and The New Yorker writer Jill Lepore on what the US will look like post-Trump.

Closing out the day will be an optimistic talk from Dutch historian Rutger Bregman and Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney Jess Scully titled Reasons to be Cheerful, and national LGBTQIA+ storytelling project and podcast Queerstories.

Workshops on learning your local Indigenous Australian language, improving your home's plant game and sustainable rug-making will be taking place throughout the day if you're looking for a more interactive experience. The Indigenous language workshops, lead by Darug woman Aunty Jacinta Tobin and Gadigal man Joel Davison, are free to attend at both 11.15am and 4.15pm.

Ticket prices differ from event to event and on whether you'll be attending in person or online. You can find the full schedule and information on the tickets at the Sydney Opera House website.

Aunty Jacinta Tobin by Caroline Hide

Top Image: Patrick Boland


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