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You must purchase tickets to a minimum of 3 different sessions to complete your Festival Pass.

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FODI 2020 has been cancelled.

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Now that the Festival is cancelled, what are my refund options?

Emails to all ticket buyers have been sent to the email addresses provided at purchase. Please check your inbox or spam folders.
If you have not received an email, please contact [email protected]

FODI and IWannaTicket are making best endeavors to process all ticket refunds and donations by Monday April 6, 2020.

Please keep in mind that there is a high number of transactions to be processed. We will work to respond to any enquiries in a timely manner.


What is a festival pass?

Purchase tickets to 3 or more different sessions as your pass to the festival. Doing so will automatically qualify you for a discount up to 15% on your order.

How to buy a festival pass?

1. Browse the program
2. Choose 3 or more different sessions to add to your Planner
3. Select number of tickets for each session within your Planner
4. Hit “Get Tickets” for each session to add to cart individually
5. Proceed to cart to complete transaction. Your discount will be applied here.

I want to buy more tickets, can I add on to my festival pass?

Yes. When singles tickets become available, discounts to additional purchased tickets will apply.

How do I attend back to back consecutive sessions?

Most sessions will include a Q&A before the end of the 1 hour long session. If you are attending another session immediately after, you may choose to leave at this point to get to your next session on time and secure your seat.

At all times, it is the responsibility of the patron to factor in transit times between sessions. All session venues within Town Hall are close together and will not require a considerable amount of time to get from one venue to another.

What does “FODI” mean?

FODI is the acronym for Festival of Dangerous Ideas!

How do I get to and from Town Hall?

Town Hall is highly accessible via multiple forms of public transport. To plan your trip, please visit

When is FODI on?

Friday 3 April 2020
Saturday 4 April 2020
Sunday 5 April 2020
At Sydney Town Hall, George Street, Sydney

Can I bring food & non-alcoholic drinks to Town Hall?

Yes. Patrons are welcome to bring food and non-alcoholic drinks. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase at the venue.

Is there an age limit for FODI?

FODI is recommended for ages 15+. Some sessions will contain strong language and adult themes.
UNFORGIVABLE session has special priced and free student tickets available.

Do you record these sessions?

Subject to agreements with speakers and artists sessions are recorded and made available following the event. Subscribe to the FODI YouTube channel or Podcast or sign up to find out when they are released.

Is there reserved seating?

No. Most sessions are General Admission. Michael Sandel’s session THE TYRANNY OF MERIT and Edward Snowden’s SURVEILLANCE STATES are allocated (reserved) seating sections.

Can I take photos with my professional camera?

No. If you are seeking media accreditation please email [email protected]

Can I take photos with my smart phone?

Yes. Remember to #FODI.

Are the venues accessible?

All venues are wheelchair accessible. Head to the access section of the website for more information.

Can I get a refund?

All tickets and passes purchased are non-refundable. Please see full ticketing terms & conditions here.

Will tickets be available on the festival days?

If not sold out prior, tickets and passes can be purchased online up until the day of the event.

Are there book signings?

Many speakers will conduct book signings after their talk events. If a speaker is signing books an announcement will be made at the conclusion of each event.

Is there a book shop?

UNSW Bookshop will run two pop-up book shops at Sydney Town Hall.

Is there a cloak room?

Please note there are no cloak rooms at Sydney Town Hall.

I’ve lost something. Help!

If you lose something contact FODI on 02 8267 5755 or [email protected] Please include your full name, a contact phone number and as many details as possible about the item.

Can’t find your question?

Need more info? Get in touch via [email protected]