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Hear about filmmaker Genevieve Clay Smith's creative approaches and her innovative work in pioneering inclusive filmmaking.

Drawing the lines: music copyright, cultures and creativity

  • Tuesday 8 October, 6 – 7.30pm
  • What musical traditions do copyright laws protect and threaten? Do all musical cultures hold equal status in the eyes of the law? Hear from noted Harvard professor Ingrid Monson, who specialises in jazz and African American music. Book now

Arts, health and healing

  • Monday 21 October, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Creative practices have transformative effects on public health. How can we embed the arts to provide better healthcare? Book now

How the Waterfront dispute changed industrial relations in Australia

  • Monday 28 October, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Join labour expert Professor Shae McCrystal, and Walkley Award-winning journalists Pamela Williams and Quentin Dempster, for a conversation about the nature of work in Australia. Book now

The future is Asian

  • Tuesday 5 November, 6 – 7.30pm
  • The world has gotten used to hearing 'America First', but is it ready for 'Asia First'? Leading global strategy adviser and international bestselling author Parag Khanna makes a case for why we need to start looking at the world, and future, from the Asian point of view. Book now

From Bathurst to Bhutan and beyond: meet Andrew Denton and Kinley Dorji

  • Thursday 7 November, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Andrew Denton and Dasho Kinley Dorji studied journalism together at Bathurst in NSW in the 1980s and have since made enormous contributions to the media and democracy landscapes in Australia and Dorji's home country of Bhutan. Hear them swap remarkable stories at this special Sydney Ideas event. Book now

After the Apology: Sorry means you don't do it again

  • Tuesday 19 November, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Indigenous children are still being removed from their families at increasing rates, despite the clear links to negative child health and education outcomes. Why and how is this still happening? Book now

The power of inclusive filmmaking

  • Monday 25 November, 6 – 7.30pm 
  • Join us as award-winning filmmaker Genevieve Clay-Smith speaks about inclusive filmmaking, which sees people with intellectual disability and others from marginalised communities co-create short films and at the same time gain education and pathways to employment. Book now

Arts and Culture podcasts

We record most of our events, so feel free to visit Soundcloud or iTunes and listen to them anytime. Below, you'll find a selction of popular arts and culture podcasts.



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