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The Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2018 program is now out! From sex robots to sex clowns, to tying yourself up in lies and rope, this year’s festival on 3 - 4 November takes you beyond the hype and deep into the issues that confront and divide us.  


Embrace the festival experience on Cockatoo Island with one-day or full weekend passes. All passes include free return ferry transport.
Featured speakers include ex Westboro Baptist Church follower Megan Phelps-Roper, conservative historian Niall Ferguson; iconoclast Germaine Greer; rock star of AI Toby Walsh; micro-dosing advocate Ayelet Waldman; pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman; academic and activist Mick Dodson and so many more! 
To crown FODI 2018, join Stephen Fry at a special event at Sydney Town Hall, where he will deliver an oration on the lost art of fabulous disagreement. 

Get your tickets to danger here.






An ethical life is an examined life. It requires that we consider diverse ideas; that we’re brave in exploring the difficult, the unknown and the unpopular, so that we can better understand ourselves and the world around us. That was the genesis of the festival’s conception in 2009.

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas was co-founded by The Ethics Centre and the Sydney Opera House. It was held at Sydney Opera House for eight years and in its ninth year has moved to a new home on Cockatoo Island and we've taken on a new presenting partner, UNSW Centre for Ideas.