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Sydney Opera House Head of Talks & Ideas

Edwina Throsby. Credit: Sydney Opera House.

The Sydney Opera House has announced that respected producer, director and curator Edwina Throsby will join its artistic leadership team in the role of Head of Talks & Ideas.

The former Head of Curation of TEDxSydney, Throsby has dedicated her 20-year career to bringing complex topics and stories to the broadest possible audience across platforms and media. In her three years overseeing the artistic and creative vision for TEDxSydney, the ideas festival grew to almost 130,000 attendees, millions of online views and more than 150 satellite events.

Prior to TEDxSydney, she founded and produced the ABC’s flagship multi-platform ideas program, Big Ideas, hosted by Tony Jones, which quickly expanded from ABC2 to the main ABC network and ABC News 24.

Throsby has worked as a documentary filmmaker, garnering the Best Documentary award at Flickerfest (2008) and Best Documentary Short award at Melbourne International Film Festival (2008) for Dance Like Your Old Man. She has also worked on esteemed news and current affairs programs, including Four Corners, Media Watch and Q&A.

Edwina recently completed her PhD in political science, writing her thesis on undecided voters in Australia.

She brings to the Opera House a genuine passion for curating engaging, relevant and inspiring multi-platform content that builds communities of all sorts around the sharing of ideas.

Edwina Throsby said: “Having spent my career working with ideas, to have the opportunity to bring the world’s best thinkers to one of the world’s most magnificent venues is immensely exciting. At such an interesting point in global history, there’s real power in people coming together to share ideas.

“I’m very pleased to be joining the Opera House team in keeping Sydney audiences included in the most important and influential conversations and debates from all around the world, and am looking forward to creating programs that challenge, intrigue, and entertain.”

Acting Director of Performing Arts (SOHP) at the Sydney Opera House, Alison Nadebaum, said: “Throughout her incredibly successful and varied career in media, filmmaking and ideas curation, Edwina has championed the power of ideas and developed a razor-sharp instinct for relevant, engaging and successful popular programming.

“The Opera House is at an exciting point in its history, equipping itself for the next generation of artists, audiences and visitors both physically and artistically. We must ensure we remain a driving force in artistic leadership and innovation to fulfil our vision to be as bold and inspiring as the Opera House itself.

“Edwina possesses the expertise, experience, and a sharp and collaborative mind to do just that. We are thrilled to welcome Edwina and can’t wait to see what’s next for Talks & Ideas.”

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