The Next Big Thing
2019 Emerging Writers’ Festival Edition
On 24 June, prepare for a strong literary gale blowing in from the north, as we host four incredible interstate writers – all in Melbourne as guests of the Emerging Writers Festival – for our next edition of The Next Big Thing.
If you're keen to hear new stories and discover emerging literary voices, join us at the Moat and…
IWD 2019: Balance for Better, or Justice for All?
Santilla Chingaipe will not be joining your catered ladies lunch in the boardroom this International Women’s Day.
Beyond Your Command: Youth Activism Today
On the streets, on the airwaves and online – a new generation of young Australian activists are speaking up and demanding action on climate change, Indigenous self-determination, queer rights and more.
In this conversation, we'll hear from leading young Australian voices across intersecting political movements. They’ll discuss the tide of youth activism sweeping many parts of the globe, and the…
Acting Out: Art that Changes the World
‘We don’t have to accept our world as it is, the ways we’re told we should navigate it,’ Steve Lambert has argued. ‘The democratic ideal [is] that we’re not subject to culture: we can create it.’
The guerrilla artist and founder of the New York-based Center for Artistic Activism makes work that is funny, meaningful, accessible and often radical –…
The Power of Hope with Kon Karapanagiotidis
In The Power of Hope, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre founder Kon Karapanagiotidis describes how he prevailed over a childhood of racism, bullying and isolation – and went on to create one of Australia’s largest and most influential human rights organisations. ‘Hope is only exhausted if we forsake ourselves,’ he writes. ‘It is both our sanctuary and our destiny to…
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…
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Deryn Hinch Comes Out Swinging on Homosexual Marriage
Yesterday on 3AW radio broadcaster Derryn Hinch likened the struggle by same sex couples to legally marry to the African American protests for equal rights in the 1960s, despite his previous anti-marriage equality views.
Hinch opened by confessing that in the past he had “followed the ignorant, blinkered, almost homophobic, line without thinking it through” but has since come around to thinking of gay…
This is an extract from a report by Bridget Chappell in the 85th edition of Voiceworks, the quarterly magazine of Wheeler Centre resident organisation Express Media, out now.
The guards of Sulaimaniya Prison women’s wing wear high heels.
It’s a small wing, homier in appearance than its adjacent counterpart for male prisoners. Glimpses of men, slumped and crowded, sneak past me on the…
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