“The most wonderful concept!! Food and philosophical enquiry. So happy to know such dinners exist in the world."
04.0 - LONELINESS - SYDNEY - 2019
Feast Like Never Before
We are inviting you to dinner to feast like never before and explore what we really think about the big things in life we rarely talk about.
Some things are just really hard to talk about. They’re challenging, awkward or taboo, and so together we've decided they're not fit for the dinner table. But what would happen if we changed all that? What would happen if we brought some danger to dinner and things got real all of a sudden?
Hard Things To Talk About is an immersive dinner series doing just that. By exploring complex, often intangible themes through food and wine, evocative performance and spoken word, this layered, multi-sensory experience is designed to inspire and delight, and stir great conversations that explore what we really think about the big things in life we rarely talk about.
We're serving up Sex, Death, Fear, Failure, Desire, Loss, Loneliness, Bias, Taboo, The Inner Life, Our Dark Side, The Unimagined, The Unknown, The Universe, Hope and Enlightenment.
After an overwhelming response and sold out events exploring Bias, Enlightenment and Desire, we've been back in the kitchen and are excited to bring you something equally enticing and sticky to feast on! Explore the depths of your senses and unravel Loneliness with us in Sydney in 2019.
It will be a dinner like no other you've been to before.
Take a leap into the unknown.
We promise it’ll be fun!
The Art of Conversation
Memorable conversations are sometimes playful and cheeky or bold and adventurous – other times deep and insightful or challenging and gritty. Whatever their tone, the best conversations are honest, human and real. Great conversation can draw you in, stir your mind, lift your spirit or open your heart. Great conversation can shape how we understand each other, ourselves, and the world we live in. Human history itself has been described as an unending conversation…
Conversation can spark ideas, inspire action, evoke empathy and shape behaviour.
Great conversation can even change the world.
"So amazing to have new and meaningful conversations with old friends."
"We really talked...and listened...to each other. So rare. So important."
"We started the night as strangers, but shared so much. Just incredible."
Conversation is the heartland of humanity. It is the heartbeat of relationships, the pathways that connect and nourish us. It helps us make sense of each other and the world we live in.
We have conversations with ourselves, our loved ones, our workmates and with strangers and we are constantly in conversation with the world. It is essential to forging relationships and making sense of our past, present and future. It shapes how we understand ourselves, each other and the world we all live in. Understanding something is pretty near impossible if you can’t talk about it!
Dialogue – A Flow of Meaning
Dialogue at it’s heart is a flow of meaning. An exploration in which people think together in relationship. It is an ongoing transfer of thought and feeling that requires listening ... and openness. When we embark on a conversation and are in dialogue, we do not know where we’re going or where we’ll end up. Dialogue is unrestricted, unlimited and free to unfold itself.
The Hard Things To Talk About Dinner Series is underpinned by conversation theory and dialogue architecture. Glider's proprietary Dialogue Modes are a body of research that maps and models the forms in which conversation occurs and is experienced in the way we live. The Dialogue Modes distill the context, postures, viewpoints, and flows inherent in different conversation forms, to draw out the nuances of how we talk together and to ourselves. Once distilled these insights create a robust set of conditions that are conducive to creating meaningful experiences and conversations suited to various scales and contexts. Tone and texture, posture and positioning, form and flows: the Dialogue Modes show us our selves, our relationships and how we can talk and be well together.
Hard Things To Talk About is a live expedition and collaborative enquiry into new ways we can gather together to have new conversations about the things that matter.
A Project of Glider
Hard Things To Talk About is a Glider Special Project.
Glider creates new form experiences that move people to think, feel, be and do in new and fuller ways.
We are passionate about partnering with courageous and heartful collaborators who want to lean into life and gently prompt people to fully explore and inhabit all the complexity and wonder of Being Human.
By sharing important stories and sparking meaningful conversations we want to celebrate the essence of aliveness and better understand our shared human experience, so that together we might live well.
Glider Special Projects
Glider Special Projects are projects we incubate and develop, projects we love creating and weaving in conversation with our guests, partners and collaborators.
All of our projects are about bringing people together to share memorable experiences that are full of heart and a head to explore the fullest way we might be human together.