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Breakfast Club is back! The highly successful talks series returns to this year’s festival,  covering chaos, climate change, conservatism and Indigenous culture.

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.

Kick off your weekends with breakfast by Yoghurt Culture and coffee from Small Batch – then dive into a climatic weekend exploring the future of contemporary art.

Saturday 3 May – Curated by Laura McDermott, Fierce Festival (UK)
One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star – Friedrich Nietzshe 
Without embracing chaos, we will be unable to have new ideas and achieve real change. Rigid plans and top-down policies are irrelevant in our increasingly fast-paced, complex and volatile world. Artists often experiment with losing control in the creative process – from John Cage’s music of chance to Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies. In this Breakfast Club we will invite provocateurs from the art, science, business and education sectors to consider how embracing chaos might be a powerful strategy for living in a world we don’t quite understand.

Speakers include Tania El Khoury (Next Wave Festival artist), Pierre Proske (Director of Media Lab Melbourne) and Philip O’Carroll (founder of the Fitzroy Community School).

Sunday 4 May – Curated by Matt Wicking, Arts House Greenie-in-Residence
Sleepwalking through fire: cold facts, hot futures
We often skirt around the big issues of the day, rather than face them front on. It’s hard being honest about the serious environmental and political problems we’re facing – even with ourselves. Eventually though, reality intrudes. What role does culture play in how we engage with the real world? And how might new narratives and perspectives help guide us towards hopeful new futures?

Speakers include Matilda Dixon-Smith (Next Wave Text Camp writer and editor of You’re Dripping Egg) Geoff Lemon (Editor of Going Down Swinging) and Eliza Muirhead (Visual Media Producer on board the Sea Shepherd’s The Steve Irwin).

Saturday 10 May – Blak Wave, Hosted by Rachael Maza
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, Paola Balla, community and visual artist and Uncle Jack Charles, performer and national treasure.

Sunday 11 May – Curated by Deborah Pearson
Time to talk politics.
Cross the political divide with Canadian-born artist Deborah Pearson as she navigates the personal, local and global political landscape. Over the course of Next Wave Festival, Deborah observes newly conservative Australia through a series of one-on-one conversations with conservative voters in the form of a co-piloted canoe ride. The project culminates with this special Breakfast Club event examining Australia’s conversation between left and right, and further understand what it means to identify with a country, a group, or a side of the brain.

With your political compasses at the ready, join Deborah, Liberal Politian (and canoe rider) Nick McGowan, and sociologist Professor John Carroll.

PLEASE NOTE: Bookings can also be made through the Wheeler Centre. Visit http://wheelercentre.com/ for details.

Breakfast Club - Curated by Laura McDermott

Date: Saturday 3 May 2014

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

Time: 10am - 11.30am

Duration: 90 mins

Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible, hearing assistance available

Notes: This is a free event, but bookings are essential.

Ticket Prices: Free

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Breakfast Club - Curated by Matt Wicking

Date: Sunday 4 May 2014

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

Time: 10am - 11:30 am

Duration: 90 mins

Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible, hearing assistance available

Notes: This is a free event, but bookings are essential.

Ticket Prices: Free

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Breakfast Club - Blak Wave

Date: Saturday 10 May 2014

Location: Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne VIC 3000

Time: 10am - 11:30 am

Duration: 90 mins

Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible, hearing assistance available

Notes: This is a free event, but bookings are essential.

Ticket Prices: Free

Sold Out

All purchases are handled through Eventbrite. For details see our Terms and Conditions.

Breakfast Club - Curated by Deborah Pearson

Date: Sunday 11 May 2014

Location: Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne VIC 3000

Time: 10am - 11:30 am

Duration: 90 mins

Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible, hearing assistance available

Notes: This is a free event, but bookings are essential.

Ticket Prices: Free

Sold Out

All purchases are handled through Eventbrite. For details see our Terms and Conditions.

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