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How do we listen when we can’t hear?


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The second weekend of Breakfast Club begins with a special Blak Wave event hosted by Rachael Maza. When it comes to cross-cultural relations, Australia musters a B minus. Often less. Cultural misunderstandings continue, yet an exciting new wave of Indigenous stories, ideas and perspectives is readily available on our screens and in our cities’ cultural programming. So as we strive for progress, the skill of listening – quietly, openly and generously – is more critical than ever. How do you listen?

Featuring guests Emily McDaniel (Assistant Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales) and Lorna Munro (Tiddas Take Back).

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.


Lorna Munro

Lorna Munro, or ‘Yilinhi’, is a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman, multidisciplinary artist and regular radio and podcast host at Sydney’s ‘Radio Skid Row’. A long-time active member of her Redfern/Waterloo community, her work is informed by her passion and well-studied insight in areas suc... Read more

Paola Balla

Paola Balla is a Wemba-Wemba and Gunditjmara woman of Italian and Chinese heritage. She is an artist, curator, speaker, educator and cultural producer – having developed Footscray Community Arts Centre’s first Indigenous Arts and Cultural program, and as a Senior Curator in First Peoples exhibit... Read more

Rachael Maza

Rachael Maza is one of Australia’s most recognisable faces of the Australian film, television and theatre industry with performance credits including the Australian Film Institute (AFI) award-winning Radiance and the stage production of The Sapphires. A Western Australian Academy of Performing ... Read more

Jack Charles

Jack Charles is an actor, musician, potter, Koori elder and national treasure. After Bastardy, a biographical documentary about Jack, was released in 2008, he rediscovered family members, and is now a respected elder of the Boon Wurrung clan and one of Australia’s foremost Indigenous stage an... Read more

Emily McDaniel

Emily McDaniel is a curator and artist from the Kalari Clan of the Wiradjuri nation in Central New South Wales. She is currently the Assistant Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She has also held numerous public programs and curatorial positio... Read more


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