You Say You Want a Revolution
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Presented in partnership with the Melbourne Festival.
From the battles for basic civil rights four decades ago, to the overturning of terra nullius and the stolen generations apology, Australian Indigenous activists have achieved much over successive generations. Yet it would seem many aspirations have been left behind along the way, and there is so much left to achieve. What are the short-term and long-term goals Indigenous Australians are setting for their communities? How are the pathways to change themselves changing? And who will be leading the way?
Linda Burney was elected Member for Canterbury in 2003, representing the ALP. Linda is the first Aboriginal Australian to be elected to the NSW Parliament and is a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation.
Kim Hill is the chief executive of the Northern Land Council in the Northern Territory.
Tania Major is a Kokoberra woman from the remote community of Kowanyama in Cape York Queensland. Since 2002 Tania has publicly addressed many national and international forums, speaking on indigenous and youth affairs.
Robbie Thorpe is a long-time activist and the presenter of Melbourne community radio station 3CR’s ‘Fire First’ program.
Karla Grant is host and executive producer of SBS Television’s ‘Living Black’.
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.