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You Say You Want a Revolution

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at Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne

Emmanuel Jal Speaks

Presented in partnership with the Melbourne Festival.

Sudanese rapper and writer Emmanuel Jal is a child of war. The internationally acclaimed hip-hop star is celebrated for his electrifying concerts and albums, songs written about his homeland and his history amongst the violence and horror of civil war. Alongside his musical appearance for the Festival, for one night only he discusses peace and reconciliation, his experiences as a child soldier and survivor, and his memoir War Child.

Emmanuel Jal will be in conversation with Alicia Sometimes.

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Portrait of Emmanuel Jal

Emmanuel Jal

Emmanuel Jal was born into the life of a child soldier in the war-torn region of Southern Sudan and later emerged as a recording artist, achieving worldwide acclaim for his unique style of hip hop with its message of peace and reconciliation.

Portrait of Alicia Sometimes

Alicia Sometimes

Alicia Sometimes is an Australian writer and broadcaster. She has performed her spoken word and poetry at many venues, festivals and events around the world. Her poems have been in Best Australian Science Writing, Best Australian Poems, Overland, Southerly, Meanjin, the Age, ABC TV's Sunday Arts and more. She is a co-host of the Outer Sanctum podcast (ABC podcasts and radio). 

You Say You Want a Revolution

Presented by Melbourne Festival and Wheeler Centre

The Wheeler Centre and Melbourne Festival join forces to present a series of talks exploring some of the ideas that underpin and inform this year’s Festival program. Revolution, insurrection, protest and upheaval are an inevitable part of any social or political structure, but at what cost and to what end?

Over three nights we hear the voices of resistance and struggle, and explore the need for revolutionary thinking and radical action. If the late, great Gil Scott Heron was right, the revolution will not be televised, but it will be discussed at length.


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