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at The Wheeler Centre

Come Together: Rethinking Art and Citizenship

What role can art play in transforming democracies? How can theatre and performance act as a vehicle to test drive new realities? And what happens when children are not students – but researchers and collaborators?

Sibylle Peters is the founder of Fundus Theatre in Germany, where children, artists, researchers and citizens of all ages meet to explore and change the world together. In Melbourne for the Fringe, she’ll be joined by leading local artists and theatre-makers to talk about creative collaboration and the changing possibilities of democracy.

Hosted by Tristan Meecham, our panellists will consider how we can shrug off old ideas and reinvent the world – through art, play, research and experimentation.

This event is presented in partnership with Melbourne Fringe. This event is supported by Goethe-Institut.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.


Portrait of Tristan Meecham

Tristan Meecham

Tristan Meecham is an artist who facilitates creative frameworks that enable social transformation; connecting community, audience and artists together in events that transcend the everyday. He is the Director of All The Queens Men.

All The Queens Men create spectacular theatrical and participatory arts experiences. Established with Bec Reid, All The Queens Men champion social equality, celebrating diverse community through creative action and in exciting art contexts.

Portrait of Sybille Peters

Sybille Peters

Dr Sibylle Peters is a researcher, performance artist, studied literature, cultural studies and philosophy who has worked at the universities of Hamburg, Munich, Berlin (FU), Bale, Wales and Gießen. As a freelancing performance artist she realized lecture performances and performance projects focussing on participation and collective research (often in cooperation with geheimagentur performance collective). Peters is founder and director of the Forschungstheater/Theatre of Research situated at the FUNDUS THEATER Hamburg, a theatre, where children, artists and scientists meet. In this PhD program she is head of cultural education and research.

Portrait of Tania Cañas

Tania Cañas

Tania is the Arts Director at RISE Refugee and a lecturer at the VCA in Art and Community Practice. She currently sits on the editorial board at the International Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Academic Journal/ PTO Inc, and was recently appointed International Guest Curator at the International Community Arts Festival in the Netherlands.

Tania has had her creative work published through Currency Press Australia, Arts Hub, and e-flux as well as academic journals. She has presented at conferences, as well as facilitated community theatre workshops at universities, within prisons and youth groups – in Australia, Northern Ireland, the Solomon Islands, the United States and South Africa.

She is currently writer in residence at the Malthouse Theatre.


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