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We're thrilled to announce that the Festival of Dangerous Ideas returns in 2018, with a new location to call home.

For a sneak peek of what's in store, watch the video below.

Festival of Dangerous Ideas
3-4 November 2018
Cockatoo Island

Taking place over two days, the Festival brings together big thinkers and culture creators to challenge the status quo on the issues that unsettle and divide us.

Past speakers include Julian Assange, Alicia Garza, Germaine Greer, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Michael Kirby, Naomi Klein, Paul Krugman, Steven Pinker, Pussy Riot, Salman Rushdie, Vandana Shiva, Slavoj Zizek and many more.

As co-founders of FODI, we’re enormously proud of this festival. The Ethics Centre exists to create the space to talk about the things that matter – issues at the heart and centre of being human. Since it began in 2009, FODI has held uncomfortable ideas up to the light, challenged thinking on some of our most stubborn and difficult issues, and forced us to question our deepest held beliefs.

With so much danger still to explore, we're excited to be bringing you the festival again in 2018 with new presenting partner, UNSW Centre for Ideas.  

Help us shape the danger by taking a brief survey and go into the draw to win a festival package for two - including overnight glamping on Cockatoo Island. Enter here 

To stay up to date with the program as it launches, sign up to our FODI mailing list at Tickets are expected to be released August 2018.