Activist Art Festival


Bella Union and New Ballroom, Trades Hall, Carlton
Saturday, November 15, 12:30 pm-12 am

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The Inaugural Melbourne Activist Arts Festival will be presenting photos from the Freedom Flotilla’s journey alongside a huge array of artworks, poetry and film in a showcase of creative resistance from around the world. Check out the lineup below!

Exhibit, Films and Workshops
12:00 AM-8:00 PM
NEW BALLROOM at Trades Hall

1:00 PM -2:15 PM Zajal-The Art of Poetic Duel -VASS Anti Racism Action Band

2:30 PM -2:45 PM Invasion Day 2014 -Ricardo Lay

2:45 PM -3:00 PM National Day of Support for Ms Dhu (against Indigenous deaths in custody)

3:15 PM -3:30 PM NAIDOC 2013 -Ricardo Lay

3:30 PM -4:30 PM Trees Falling in the Forest 2013- Kim Paul Nguyen

4:45 PM-4:55 PM Swept Under the Carpet- Daniel King & Jonathan Stock

5:00 PM -5:10 PM West Papua Freedom Flotilla-Izzy Brown

1:00 PM -2:00 PM MP Engagement Workshop
1:00 PM-2:00 PM The R Word- Racism Workshop
2:30 PM -5:30 PM Stencil Workshop
4:30 PM -5:30 PM LGBTI Human Rights

Creative protest art displays

Rites of Passage- Sonia Tomasiello
Freedom Flotilla
Creating a welcome-Display and hands-on
Counter-tactics: occupy a cooling tower- Installation

Visual Artists: Collectives and Individuals
Photography exhibit
Community Protest wall

Bella Union, Trades Hall
Human Rights

12:45 PM-1:00 PM Welcome to County & Intro speech- Vivian Malo

1:00 PM -1:15 PM Melbourne Spoken Word-
Benjamin Solah

1:15 PM -1:35 PM Music: Saint Jude
1:35 PM -1:50 PM Refugee Speaker: Mohammad Ali Baqiri

1:50 PM -2:05 PM Film: Refuge by Molly George

2:05 PM-2:45 PM Panel Q&A (five people plus facilitator)
Speaker: Refugee Action Collective (RAC)
Speaker: Equal Love
Speaker: Philippines Australia Solidarity Association
Speaker: Amnesty
Speaker: Tamil Refugee Council

2:45 PM -3:15 PM BREAK


3:15 PM -3:30 PM Melbourne Spoken Word- Abe Nouk
3:30 PM -3:50 PM Music: Little Foot
3:50 PM -4:05 PM Film : Gold or Water?
4:05 PM-4:10 PM Film: (Don’t Want Your) Nuclear Umbrella

4:10 PM -4:40 PM Panel Q&A (three people plus facilitator)
Speaker: Friends of the Earth and ICAN
Speaker: Gold Not Water
Speaker: Quit Coal

4:40 PM-5:10 PM BREAK

5:10 PM -5:25 PM Film: Animals are Not Ours
5:25 PM- 5:40 PM Film: Sea Shepherd

5:40 PM -6:15 PM Panel Q&A (two people plus facilitator)
Speaker: Animal Liberation Victoria
Speaker: Sea Shepherd

6:25 PM-6:45 PM Melbourne Spoken Word
Gabriela Georges
Kylie Supski


8:00 PM-8:30 PM Air Punch Collective
8:30 PM -8:45 PM Melbourne spoken word
8:50 PM-9:20 PM Kate Bart
9:20 PM-9:35 PM Melbourne Spoken Word
9:45 PM -10:15 PM Ror da Poet
10:30 PM -11:00 PM Sordid Ordeal
11:00 PM-11:30 PM Last Drinks – Bar Closed
12:00 AM Venue Closed

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