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Drifting Right


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Cross the political divide with Canadian-born artist Deborah Pearson as she navigates the personal, local and global political landscape. Over the course of Next Wave Festival, Deborah observes newly conservative Australia through a series of one-on-one conversations with conservative voters in the form of a co-piloted canoe ride. The project culminates with this special Breakfast Club event examining Australia’s conversation between left and right, and looking to further understand what it means to identify with a country, a group, or a side of the brain.

With your political compasses at the ready, join Deborah, Liberal politician (and canoe rider) Nick McGowan, and sociologist Professor John Carroll.

Start your weekends with big ideas, breakfast by Yoghurt Culture and coffee from Small Batch by donation.

Next Wave Breakfast Club

Kickstart your brain with a dose of stimulation courtesy of Next Wave. Breakfast Club is your morning shot of artistic and intellectual insight. We’re not interested in expert-led formats or a room full of people thinking the same things; we want big opinions, good discussion and personal stories.


Nick McGowan

Nick McGowan is a member of Liberal Party and a humanitarian. He ran in the 2013 federal election, achieving a 9% swing away from the incumbent and drawing 8.02% toward the Liberal Party in the area of Jagajaga. He lives in Eltham with his wife Allison and their three children. At the age of 12, Nic... Read more

Deborah Pearson

Deborah Pearson is a live artist and playwright.  Her work has toured to four continents and fifteen countries, and has been translated into five languages.  She recently published The Future Show with Oberon books.  She is the founding co-director of UK artist collective Forest Fringe.  Debor... Read more

John Carroll

John Carroll is professor of sociology at La Trobe University in Melbourne and author of The Existential Jesus. His recent books include The Western Dreaming (2001), Terror: a meditation on the meaning of September 11 (2002), The Wreck of Western Culture: humanism revisited (2004), and a new versio... Read more


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