Talks coming up in Sydney
Are we too quick to criticise our politicians? Do we really think about our votes when it comes to election time? Or are our politicians simply failing us? Do they listen to us? You get to decide whether you are for or against these ideas when you attend this Intelligence Squared debate, organised by the Ethics Centre. Intelligence Squared (IQ2) run debates around the world that cover topics from across political, social and ideological spectrums which create thought-provoking discussions between guest speakers and audiences. On Tuesday, August 27, the panel will have eight minutes to voice what they really think about our current political climate and how we got to this point. The National Organiser of School Strike For Climate Change Daisy Jeffrey and Co-Founder of AlphaBeta Dr Andrew Charlton will be arguing for the idea that our politicians are failing us. On the ‘against’ crew, you’ll hear from television and radio host Craig Reucassel and former Australian politician Amanda Vanstone. Lock down tickets for $16-49 and you’ll have the opportunity to share your opinions and engage with the panel before and after the debate.
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Chris Wylie, American historian and Holocaust expert Deborah Lipstadt and Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson are all speaking at the next Antidote – a festival of ideas, action and change. This year’s festival will include solo talks, panels and workshops that respond to our world today, offering practical solutions as well as a chance to figure out where we’re going in terms of press freedom, data privacy, creative freedoms and the weaponisation of social media. You can hear from Filipino-American journalist Maria Ressa, New Yorker staff writer Steve Coll, Russian journalist Irina Borogan, and co-founder of Mada Masr, Lina Attalah in one panel talk called ‘My Crime is Journalism’. There’s also the lighter hearted ‘Because Self Care’, in which you’ll hear from Junkee entertainment editor Patrick Lenton, Guardian journalist Brigid Delaney and Broadly editor Zing Tsjeng talk about the rise of cultural escapism. The line-up also includes Irish journalist and Brexit commentator Fintan O’Toole and North Korea’s former Deputy Ambassador to the United Kingdom turned defector, Thae Yong-ho. For the first time in 2019, Antidote is partnering with the recently established Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas. Read our interview with Antidote festival director Dr Edwina Throsby about this year’s line-up.
Full disclaimer: Bill Bryson is not an actual scientist with any kind of professional expertise in human anatomy, but he is an author with a knack for explaining the more complicated things in life with a laugh. Bryson’s latest informative funny bone-tickler, The Body: A Guide for Occupants, attempts to explain the intricate workings of the molecules, protons and electrons that make up the human body. Like his bestselling non-fiction work, A Short History of Nearly Everything, this new novel explains the world of science in an easily digestible format. While the writer’s well documented wit will make it an enjoyable read, his forays into the world of science have also informed the book, which will be released this October. He’ll be unraveling his investigation in a live talk with radio host, comedian, writer and triple threat RocKwiz queen, Julia Zemiro. The pair will also chat about Bryson’s travels, his impressive collection of humorous literary works, and how he inexpertly developed his science-inspired career.
British author, scientist and physician Michael Mosley is returning to Sydney to reveal secrets about the human body in his talk, Wonders of the Human Body. Mosley is known to go to great lengths to prove or bust myths, often subjecting his body to unusual treatments and health-related tasks. In this talk, he will share his secrets to living a healthy lifestyle at all ages, and footage from his escapades captured while uncovering his ideas. He’s no stranger to giving public medical advice, having pioneered the popular 5:2 diet and starring in multiple BBC, ABC, and SBS television series such as Dr Michael Mosley’s Reset and Inside the Human Body. Mosley is also an author with internationally best-selling books including The Fast 800 and The Clever Guts Diet. Have you ever felt ill and Googled your symptoms only to discover completely outrageous suggestions? This is your time to blurt out any crazy questions to the expert in the Q&A section of Mosley’s talk at the State theatre.
Why is it that we know so much about NZ’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford’s parenting decisions, but we know so little about Scott Morrison’s? Political journalist Annabel Crabb has been tugging at these public eye double standards, including the way we talk about women and men caring for their children, and seeing which ones fall apart at the seams. Five years ago, the ABC's chief online political writer published The Wife Drought about the ways women’s lives have changed over the last century, but how men’s lives stayed remarkably static over the same period of time. Now, back with a new essay ‘Politics, Work and Gender’, which features in the 75th issue of Quarterly Essay, Crabb is deploying her astute political observation to the ongoing inequality around the social expectations of fatherhood. What are we allowing when we accept that men simply can’t or won’t take up paternity leave? Why is it OK for mothers to both work and care for children, but we don’t expect the same from fathers? With her usual humour and intelligence, Crabb will propose that gender equity cannot be achieved until men are as free to leave the workplace (when their lives demand it) as women are to enter it. She’ll be relaying her fascinating research with an audience at Sydney Opera House on Sunday, September 22.
After its inaugural event in 2017, the Big Anxiety is returning to bring to light the many facets of mental health in modern society. It’s being organised by UNSW in collaboration with the Black Dog Institute and other mental health awareness organisations and practitioners to bring a series of conferences, workshops, exhibitions, performances and interactive experiences to Sydney. These will investigate empathy, stigma, care, healing and suicide prevention. The huge program will run more than 75 events across 32 Sydney venues from September 27-November 3. They haven’t locked down the full program yet, but there are a few stellar events already lined-up. Uti Kulintjaku means ‘to think and understand clearly’ in Pitjantjatjara, the language of the Anangu people (Indigenous groups of the Western Desert Cultural Bloc). The project of this name by the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council will incorporate a virtual reality experience and the work of Ngangkari traditional healers and senior APY lands artists to better understand Indigenous mental health and strengthen wellbeing. The Empathy Clinic will be a training ground for understanding the perspectives of others using virtual reality and installations in a series of rooms developed by Australian artists. The Edge of the Present, which is another kind of interactive environment, has been developed in workshops with young people who have experienced suicidal behaviour. It will allow visitors to alter
Live out your wildest intergalactic and superhero fantasies at Oz Comic-Con, where you’ll get the chance to meet the stars and creators behind your favourite big screen adventures and comic book stories. Showcasing the latest video games, anime, sci-fi and fantasy stories, the weekend will be a pop-culture hub where attendees can get creative with cosplay and comic art masterclasses, browse exclusive merchandise and explore new worlds. There'll be kids' activities for mini cosplayers and gaming competitions to put your skills to the test. Leading lady of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Hayley Atwell will be one of the stars walking the Oz Comic Con red carpet. You might know her better as Peggy Carter, who stepped up from a supporting role in Captain America: The First Avenger to star in the first Marvel spin-off to be fronted by a woman, Agent Carter. And if your film interests span genres, you’ll also know Atwell from 2008 drama The Duchess and the live action Winnie the Pooh film, Christopher Robin. Joining her will be Riverdale’s redhead heartthrob Archie Andrews (aka New Zealand actor KJ Apa). The hugely popular teen drama series is into its fourth season of dramatics that reach telenovela, Bold and the Beautiful levels of scandalous intrigue and saucy storylines that serve as a guilty pleasure for even the most ardent sci-fi focused Oz Comic-Con fan. Other confirmed guests for this year include Aussie comic book artist Nicola Scott, Simpsons Comics and Rick and Mor
The Sherman Centre for Cultural Ideas (SCCI) is bringing together more than 50 renowned local and international architects and professionals from other intersecting industries for the second iteration of this architecture festival. The ten-day program will explore contemporary issues and initiatives surrounding architecture and its interplay with social, cultural and technological development. The program will feature more than 30 themed events, from keynote talks to panel discussions, film screenings, tours and workshops. You’ll be able to investigate the role of architecture in our criminal system; explore the social, political and historical impacts of brutalist styles; look into the mental and physical health impacts of architecture; and understand the relationship between a city’s urban design and commerce. A few big international names making an appearance at these events include award-winning French architect Odile Decq, director of the Israel Museum Ido Bruno, and Behrouz Boochani, who is an Iranian-Kurdish author and human rights defender currently detained on Manus Island (he will be joining talks via a live video link). Most events will be free, but require booking with a credit card for confirmation of your attendance. They're taking place across venues including the Museum of Sydney, the Police and Justice Museum, Eternity Playhouse and Lang Road Pavilion, plus the home turf at SCCI.
Textile artist, ceramicists, metalsmiths, jewellery makers, woodworkers, leather crafters, furniture makers, Indigenous artists and designers: they’re all coming together for Sydney Craft Week. This year they’re celebrating craft and the joy it brings through the theme ‘play’. The ten-day festival has seen hundreds of workshops, markets, performances and exhibitions across the city in previous years. Last year, attendees got involved in workshops like a cheeky crochet class at the Bearded Tit, family-friendly events at Sew Make Create and Mosman Art Gallery, plus craft markets and creative exhibition. In 2019, they want to get festivalgoers to unplug and let loose in the creative process, focusing on the fun of creative design and making. Keep up to date with the festival bosses at the Australian Design Centrefor the full program release on September 19.
There are few filmmakers who have had the sort of impact you can attribute to John Waters. From his early beginnings making notoriously filthy and censorship-challenging fare like Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble, to mainstream flicks like Hairspray and Cry-Baby, Waters helped define queer cinema, camp cinema, and cinema as a whole. But he's also a brilliant raconteur, with plenty of tales up his sleeve from across his career, and typically scathing, incisive observations on the world as he sees it. While he's not revealing too much about this new show, the promoters are promising the sorts of showbiz tales you want, with stories about Waters' fabulous stars, including Divine, Mink Stole, Kathleen Turner and Patricia Hearst. Tickets go on sale Friday June 14 at 9am.