Carnival of the Bold 2014
Cleveland Street Theatre, Sydney. 25th October 2014
Premiering in 2013, Carnival of the Bold returned as part of the Changemakers Festival 2014. Showcasing a mix of performances and work by various artists, the night touched, entertained, humoured and provoked, and also connected changemakers and others who care about a better world.
Line-up and Talks
Photographer & Artist
‘The Story Only I Can Tell’
William Yang uses story telling, autobiography and his own works of art to Illustrate issues he has had to deal with in his life. The two main issues are: being Australian Born Chinese in an predominantly Anglo community, and being gay in a mainly hetereosexual society. William has used his personal experiences to make his art, and he talks about the pitfalls of doing work with marginalised themes.
From documenting Sydney’s celebrity and gay social scene in the seventies, William then began to explore his Chinese heritage and performed monologues with slide projection in the theatre. For the past four years he has been making ﬁ lms of his performance pieces at UNSW.
Asian Aboriginal Artist & Activist
‘The Truth Is Controversial’
Jason Wing is a Sydney-based artist inspired by his Chinese, Aboriginal and Australian upbringing. Questioning our understanding of history and socio-political reality, Jason repurposes everyday objects and imagery to create works that are both visually confronting and deceptively simple. Signiﬁcant exhibitions include People of Substance, (solo) Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, Virginia, USA, 2012; Making Change, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 2012. In 2012, Jason won the Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize for his provocative work ‘Australia was Stolen by Armed Robbery’. In late 2014, Jason will present new work at ALASKA Projects, Sydney.
Actor & Social Change Theatre
Kym Vercoe graduated from UWS/Theatre Nepean in 1996 and since then has been creating theatre. Working with Company Theatre Physical consolidated Kym’s interest in making highly physical devised work that explored contemporary social issues. In 2006 Kym joined version 1.0, devising and performing with them over the next 8 years. These works included the Peace Trust Award winning seven kilometres north-east. In 2012 Kym (writer/lead actor) completed her ﬁrst feature ﬁlm, For those who can tell no tales, with Golden Bear Award winning Bosnian ﬁlmmaker Jasmila Žbanic. It has screened at over 40 festivals across the world including the 2014 Sydney Film Festival. Kym has begun work on her second ﬁlm with Žbanic based on the book Under the UN Flag.
Tongan Australian Dancer & Performer
Latai Taumoepeau is a Punake, body-centred performance artist; her story is of her homelands, the Island Kingdom of Tonga and her birthplace; the Eora Nation – Sydney, and everything far and in-between. Latai activates Indigenous philosophies and methodologies; cross-polinating ancient practices of ceremony with her contemporary processes and performance work to re-interpret, re-generate and extend her movement practice and its function in and from Oceania. She engages in the socio-political landscape of Australia with sensibilities in race, class and the female body politic; committed to bringing the voice of marginalised communities to the frangipani-less foreground.
Sudanese Australian Slam Poet
‘Only Art Can Save Us’
Abraham (Abe) Nouk is the founder and director at “Creative Rebellion Youth.” A spoken word poet, hip hop fanatic, MC and an author whose craft developed from just the realisation of freedom of speech. Motivated by the empowerment of words, Sudanese-born now an Australian citizen (ironic), nine years ago Abraham was illiterate when he and his family arrived in Australia under the high commission refugee status, and now has turned adversity into advantage. Abe went on to become third in the Australian National Poetry Slam and self-published HUMBLE, his ﬁrst collection in 2013.
Asian Australian Filmmaker
‘Ideas to reality: Social change when going against the grain’
Maria was called away on shoot at late notice and represented by Thien Nguyen, actor in her film “Change of our Lives”.
Maria Tran is an actor, ﬁlmmaker and community arts trainer. She a degree in Psychology and is passionate on screen culture amongst the culturally diverse communities in Australia. She made various short ﬁlms such as Metro Screen grant “A Little Dream” and award-winning “Happy Dent” and action Kung Fu comedy movie “Maximum Choppage”. In 2008 she produced and acted in “Downtown Rumble” Kung Fu action micro-series on JTV-ABC TV. Her mockumentary short “Hot Bread Shop” was ofﬁcial selected for the 2011 Colourfest Film Festival and currently she is completing the mixed genre movie project “Quest for Jackie Chan!
Artist & Curator
‘Undrawing the Line’
Zanny Begg is an artist, theorist and curator. Undrawing the Line is an artistic collective formed by Mona Moradveisi, Safdar Ahmed, Zanny Begg and Murtaza Ali Jafari to challenge current thinking about borders. The collective was founded by both refugees and non-refugees and seeks to challenge the binaries dividing these categories through collaboration, dialogue and art practice. Undrawing the Line works closely with Refugee Art Project to form a network with ﬂexible membership including those, such as people in detention centres, whose forms of communication with the rest of society have been forcibly restricted.
R&B/Urban Pop Quartet
Introducing four young Australian women – Kia, Naomiie, Evelyn and Temy – or better known as Adira Bell, who are making waves in the Australian music industry. They represent one of the ﬁrst visible all-minority performance group in the local music industry. Not only have they had to cross many barriers as performers, they have also had to navigate their own identities as young Australians. They are very passionate about having a positive inﬂuence on young people who share their skin tone. Having been recent guest performers on Sunrise and The Morning Show, they have been highlighted as a group to watch by many Australian magazines.
Surprise Act: The Wollemi Climate Creative
Climate Change Street Theater Performers
‘The Energy Dance’
The Wollemi Climate Creative is a group of climate change activists who got together in late 2013 to consider ways they could use music and street theatre to present simple, practical actions people could take to reduce their energy footprint. They recognise that people often feel powerless when faced with the enormity of the challenge of halting climate change and wanted to empower people to take effective actions within their human and economic power. The Energy Dance is their ﬁrst intervention. The dramusical humourously presents the dilemma of a family faced with rising energy costs who ﬁnd a simple solution in putting a solar panel on their roof.
City of Sydney Councillor Jenny Green’s Address
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