Festival of dangerous ideas
By Victoria Saule
What do cat videos, honour killings, sex workers and Pussy Riot all have in common?
…They were all brought up this weekend during the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.
The Sydney Opera House played host to a number of contentious and controversial musings during the 6th annual Festival of Dangerous Ideas held last weekend.
Sydney was placed under the global limelight by the series of thought-provoking panels and speeches, featuring guests such as the infamous Pussy Riot, co-curated by the Opera House and Simon Longstaff of the St James Ethics Centre.
St James Ethics Centre is the only applied ethics centre in the world, describing itself as a place that “provides an open forum for the promotion and exploration of ethical questions.”
Highlights of the event included the culling of a speech that allegedly justified “honour killings”, Pussy Riot comparing Australian detention centres to prison in Russia and a panel on sex trafficking that lacked any actual sex workers.
Cat videos as way to attract viewers to a website were also accredited as the potential savior of journalism.
Multiple websites live-streamed the talks as they happened, provoking international commentary on twitter under #FODI2014.