Talks & Ideas
Upcoming talks, ideas and conversations
First Stories of the House
Conversation meets classical performance as we celebrate the life and contribution of Wulli Wulli tenor Harold Blair AM, the first Australian Aboriginal opera singer and performer at the House in 1973. The panel discussion will bring into focus his contribution to Australian culture, followed by a special Opera performance by Soprano and proud Koa, Kuku Yalanji, Wakka Wakka woman, Nina Korbe.
Would we build the Sydney Opera House today? As an icon that sparks conversations and imagination, this event is an opportunity to reflect on whether we would have the same impetus to create such a building in the current culture. Join us for this informative, fun (possibly even raucous) old-school debate.
This is your call to listen, watch and cheer. Australian Poetry Slam is here. The door is open. The mic is on. Push into the crowd and find your spot.
Join Jan and Lin Utzon in conversation – as we journey through the legacy of their father, Jørn Utzon, the visionary architect of the Sydney Opera House. In a brief UNSW Sydney UTZON Lecture, Jan will examine the architectural brilliance of the building that has inspired a nation.
Join William Kentridge, the creator of the Sydney Opera House presentation of Sibyl, as he takes us on a fascinating exploration of his creative process.
An Evening with Danielle Alvarez and Libby Travers – a gathering to celebrate the launch of their latest cookbook, “Recipes for a Lifetime of Beautiful Cooking.”
Chef and child health campaigner Jamie Oliver is back in Sydney for an Australian exclusive conversation at the Sydney Opera House. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Jamie’s story – from the early Naked Chef days to how he continues to inspire millions to cook fresh and delicious food from scratch, and his pledge to keep fighting for kids’ health.
In a cultural landscape teeming with self-proclaimed experts and incessant chatter, Fran Lebowitz reigns supreme with scathing and insightful social commentary. A force to be reckoned with, she possesses an unparalleled ability to dissect life with biting precision.
Stanford neuroscientist and host of one of the most listened to podcasts in the world, Dr. Andrew Huberman, is bringing his Brain Body Contract tour to the Sydney Opera House.
How To Fail fans – this is the moment you have been waiting for. Your favourite podcaster, journalist, and bestselling author, Elizabeth Day, takes the stage in Australia for the very first time.
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Recipient of the Antidote and Sweatshop Mentorship for Diverse Emerging Writers Joyce Chew on family, language and the “glittering visage of the Australian ‘fair go’”.
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