Delve into danger


What’s the logic behind this year’s program?
Are there any dangerous ideas left in today’s overheated climate?
How has the festival changed, and is it still important?

In a one-off special event, FODI Director Danielle Harvey and Co-Curator Dr Simon Longstaff AO FCPA will open themselves up to interrogation before the festival’s most curious-minded guests. Join them in an intimate setting at West Hotel’s Solander Bar on Sunday evening – just 5 minutes walk from the King Street Wharf ferry drop. The perfect way to round off your festival, this is your chance to decompress, process and ask the questions still ringing in your ears.

Ticket price includes a beer, wine or soft drink and tasty bites from the hotel bar. More food and drink is available onsite.

When: Sunday 04 Nov 2018
6.45pm for a 7pm start
Where: Solander Bar, West Hotel
65 Sussex St, Sydney
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: $30

Limited capacity – reserve your seat now







Dangerous Thinkers
“There are many ideas that have the potential of disrupting our lives, for better or worse. Some of these ideas, like nationalism, get a lot of air time, while other ideas, quiet ideas I call them, sit festering. Sometimes these quiet ideas have the biggest consequences.”
Danielle Harvey

Danielle Harvey is the Festival Director of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas and creator and director of the upcoming large-scale immersive experience A Midnight Visit. She is the founder of pop and screen-culture festival BingeFest; founder of Antidote: a festival of ideas, art and action, former Executive Producer of popular podcast It’s A Long Story and former co-curator of All About Women. Danielle has been responsible for a large number of large scale installations, theatre, dance, cabaret and comedy productions showing in Sydney over the past eleven years. Past roles include Head of Contemporary Performance at Sydney Opera House and Festival Executive Producer of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.


“There are many ideas that have the potential of disrupting our lives, for better or worse. Some of these ideas, like nationalism, get a lot of air time, while other ideas, quiet ideas I call them, sit festering. Sometimes these quiet ideas have the biggest consequences.”
“If you ask people, ‘Why do you do this thing?’ the most common response is, ‘Everybody does it like that. That’s the way it’s always been done.’ The thing that defeats ethics is that.”
Simon Longstaff

For over 25 years, Simon has been Executive Director of The Ethics Centre working across business, government and society to put ethics at the centre of our lives. Simon has a PhD in philosophy from Cambridge University and is an Honorary Professor at the ANU. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia and of the Royal Society of NSW. Simon co-founded the Festival of Dangerous Ideas with Richard Evans. He played a pivotal role in establishing the industry-led Banking and Finance Oath and ethics classes in primary schools. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2013.​​​

@SimonLongstaff


“If you ask people, ‘Why do you do this thing?’ the most common response is, ‘Everybody does it like that. That’s the way it’s always been done.’ The thing that defeats ethics is that.”