The Sydney Opera House today announced ANTIDOTE – a new festival celebrating the artists, thinkers and doers who have spearheaded change in a time of uncertainty.

ANTIDOTE is an important addition to the Sydney Opera House’s stable of flagship contemporary festivals: All About Women, Graphic, BINGEFEST and Vivid LIVE. Over the weekend of 2 and 3 September 2017, it will fill Australia’s most recognisable meeting place with immersive performance, courageous ideas and some of the world’s leading change agents.

A response to the times we live in, ANTIDOTE marks a bold evolution in the Sydney Opera House’s curatorial program and builds on the strong base of the groundbreaking Festival of Dangerous Ideas, which it replaces in 2017.

International highlights include bestselling author and transgender rights activist Janet Mock, National Co-Chair of Women’s March on Washington Tamika D. Mallory, author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race Reni Eddo-Lodge, and the star satirists behind The Onion.

The festival also features local heroes such as Uncle Jack Charles and Archie Roach, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras ‘78er Julie McCrossin, and Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist’s Celeste Liddle.

Participatory performances – including The Money by UK interactive theatre group Kaleider and Blank Placard Dance, replay by dance-maker Anne Collod (revisiting Anna Halprin’s seminal performance in San Francisco 50 years ago) – will re-shape the way audiences engage and think about big ideas, from capitalism and democracy to what constitutes contemporary activism.

Click here to see the full ANTIDOTE line-up: