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How do I access my tickets?

On purchase you will receive a receipt with your booking information via email. Your tickets will be emailed to you 48 hours prior to the Festival. Read more about Ticketing here.  

If I am unable to attend my session (eg I am unwell), can I get a refund?

While we will try to provide a livestream option for selected sessions, so you can still enjoy the Festival remotely, sales are final. Please read our full Ticketing Terms and Conditions. 

What is Festival of Dangerous Ideas or FODI?

Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) is Australia’s original disruptive festival. It’s a platform for provocative art, experiences and ideas.

FODI presents a lineup of international and local thought leaders and culture creators, inviting us all to immerse ourselves in ideas and conversations that encourage debate and critical thinking.

FODI invites people to interrogate the world around them, to be curious and to go deeper –  beyond the hype and the headlines.

Stay up to date with FODI news and be the first to access programming via our newsletter and social media channels.

Where is the Festival of Dangerous Ideas held

FODI24 takes place August 24-25, 2024 at Carriageworks Sydney, there are a few satellite events including The Generation Gulf at UNSW Sydney and Stacks of Danger tours at The State Library NSW. Please check your tickets carefully.

The full 2024 program will be released at 7am on 25 June. To be first in line for pre-sale tickets, subscribe online. Multipack tickets on public sale 7am on 26 June.

How does the Multipack work?

The 2024 Festival Multipack provides bookings to 3 or more different paid sessions with a 15% discount. Once you qualify, the discount applies to all paid tickets in your cart. This discount does not apply to free ticketed sessions (eg Circle of Chairs). For more information please visit our ticketing page.

Can I book 3 tickets to the same session with the Multipack?

Multiple tickets to one session can be booked under the Multipack, but the discount will only apply if you have also booked tickets to at least two other paid sessions. For more information please visit our ticketing page.

Are sessions with free tickets counted to the Festival Multipack discount?

Free, ticketed sessions (eg. Circle of Chairs) do not qualify for the Multipack discount. 

Do I have to book a ticket for every session?

All paid sessions will require a valid ticket for entry. Tickets for 3 or more different paid sessions can be booked as part of a Festival Multipack. Single tickets are now also available to purchase.

Can I book tickets on site at the Festival?

There will be a box office on site but we encourage pre-booking tickets to avoid missing out! 

Do I have to reserve my place in free sessions?

This year there are non-ticketed, free performances and activations including Divinations in Transit. Tickets do not need to be booked to view these events.

To crawl inside TAPE you will need to reserve tickets.

Circle of Chairs is also free, but audiences are encouraged to reserve tickets to help with your session planning.

When will single tickets be on sale?

Single tickets for each session will be available soon. Right now, you can book three or more paid sessions with a Festival Multipack (which includes a 15% discount) and start planning your FODI 2024 experience.

I have an access requirement – will I be able to attend FODI?

For venue accessibility requirements including information on stairs, lifts, bathrooms and seat transfers, please send an email through to [email protected] or call or text 0422381898 and your enquiry will be passed along to the Festival’s designated access manager.

For all enquiries, please include your name, phone number and preferred mode of communication eg phone, email, SMS.

For an overview of venue accessibility, you can visit the Carriageworks website.

Auslan interpreters will be present at selected FODI sessions. 

Guide dogs and assistance animals are welcome in all FODI venues and spaces.  

Which events are suitable for people under 15?

FODI is a live and unscripted event and as such, is unpredictable! Sessions may include mature language, adult themes, and or distressing discussions. For this reason, people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult ticket holder over the age of 18.

An age of 16+ is recommended for all FODI sessions. True Horror is restricted to 18+ years and over. If you wish to check on a specific session please contact us. 

Can I bring the kids?

While the majority of sessions have an recommended age of 16+, this year the Public Space at Carriageworks has been programmed full of activities throughout the entire Festival period to keep you and your young people engaged. Book a free session to climb into TAPE the installation made entirely of sticky tape, or take your chances on audience participation with durational mischief makers Marian Abboud and Vicki Van Hout in Divination in Transit. There will also be signings, books for sale, music, food, drinks, and more!

I want to change my booking, how can I do this?

All sales are final. Session swaps are not available at FODI24. Should you have a concern about your booking you wish to discuss, please contact us.

How do I get a refund for my purchase?

Tickets will only be refunded if a session has been cancelled or not delivered as outlined in the event information. Ticket holders will be contacted in this event.

Will FODI 2024 sessions be recorded?

Only selected 2024 sessions will be recorded and made available to Livestream and On Demand. The best way to ensure you hear the discussion is to purchase a ticket!

What parking is available on site at Carriageworks?

The venue strongly encourages you to take public transport or ride share where possible. Very limited on-site parking is available. For accessible parking on site please contact us via

Will there be places to purchase food on site?

Throughout the Festival period Kitchen By Mike will provide breakfast, lunch, and supper options, as well as a fully licenced bar. Hot drinks and snacks will also be available at the Cohab Coffee Dangerous Books barista.

What is the theme for FODI24?

Offering a haven for exploration and a harbour for the curious, FODI24’s theme ‘Sanctuary’ invites audiences to engage with the ideas behind the headlines of the 24-hour news cycle. It provides a space to spend time with international experts and agenda-setting changemakers, to better understand what is driving change in the world and society for better or worse. Read more about the theme here:

Where can I watch or listen to past FODI sessions?

Sessions from the Festival archive are available via Spotify, Apple podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Exclusive sessions are available via the On Demand section of our website and a selection of video conversations and video highlights are shared on the Festival of Dangerous Ideas YouTube channel.  

How can I partner with FODI?

For partnership opportunities you wish to discuss with FODI, contact us via [email protected] and we will connect you with the right team.

Who funds FODI?

FODI is presented by The Ethics Centre, an independent non-profit. Both The Ethics Centre and FODI are funded by donations, membership fees, grants, ticket sales and consulting fees. We remain proudly independent.

A breakdown of the revenue that keeps our doors open and speakers on the stage can be found in The Ethics Centre Annual Report.

FODI is made possible by these generous Supporters and Donors.

The Ethics Centre is supported by these generous Donors.

FODI is a curated festival. What does this mean?

FODI’s speakers, artists and topics are selected carefully by the curatorial team and its advisors. They are guided by this curatorial framework:

  • FODI exists to challenge conventional understanding and belief.
  • FODI does not preach. Rarely does it censor.
  • FODI champions what is possible (but not crazy).
  • FODI is willing to offend (but not vilify).
  • FODI will shock; but not sensationalise.
  • FODI prefers to entertain and inspire.
  • FODI’s platforms are open to those who have earned the right to speak by virtue of their expertise, courage, sincerity and candour. They represent diverse perspectives communicated in diverse forms.
Who can I contact to arrange a media interview?

For media and interview requests contact Charly Binney // [email protected] 

Got another question?

Can’t find the answer you’re looking for about FODI? Ask us at [email protected]