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Blak Wave – Breakfast Club

Next Wave's keynote initiative

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How do we listen when we can’t hear?

Wading through white noise and good intentions. When it comes to cross-cultural relations, Australia musters a B-. Often less. Cultural misunderstandings continue, and yet an exciting new wave of Indigenous stories, ideas and perspectives is readily available on our screens and in our cities’ cultural programming. A number of recent high profile theatre works have seen collaborations between white and Indigenous artists, prompting questions of creative control. So as we strive for progress, the skill of listening – quietly, openly and generously – is more critical than ever.

How do we ask the right questions? And how do we give the right answers? What role does a slower pace have in learning something new? How do you listen?

Hosted by Rachael Maza, Artistic Director of Ilbijerri Theatre Company. Speakers include Emily McDaniel, Assistant Curator Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Lorna Munro of collecitve Tiddas Take Back, Next Wave alumni and visual artist Paola Bella and Uncle Jack Charles, performer and national treasure.

Breakfast Club, the highly successful talks series, returns to this year’s festival. It’s 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. And coffee (that’s important). Each event runs for 90 mintues, and will be punctuated by a series of provocations from artists, writers, thinkers and commentators. Breakfast provided by Yoghurt Culture and coffee supplied by Small Batch.

Our landmark Blak Wave publication is available for purchase here.

Blak Wave - Breakfast Club

Date: Saturday 10 May 2014

Location: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Time: 10 am - 11:30 am

Duration: 90 mins

Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible, Hearing assistance available

Notes: This is a free event, however bookings are essential. Light breakfast provided by Yoghurt Culture. Coffee hit provided by Small Batch Roasting Co.

Ticket Prices: Free

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