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BEMAC Discussions: Creating on Stolen Land

17/04/2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This is the first in the BEMAC Discussions series; free, monthly panel discussions tackling key topics relevant to us as creators and artists from diverse artistic practices, backgrounds, and cultures.

This first event will tackle the important topic of Creating on Stolen Land. This conversation will explore what it means to live and work on a land that has been cultivating culture for tens of thousands of years, and how to meaningfully honour our place and responsibility on stolen land. What can we learn from First Nations artists about how Country informs their practice? As a creative community, how can we explore a deeper understanding of what Acknowledging Country means, so we can do it in the most personal and meaningful way possible.

Joining us for this conversation will be:

Joe Geia, renowned singer/songwriter, guitarist, didgeridoo player and influential figure in the development of contemporary Indigenous music. He writes music of bravery and beauty, telling of Aboriginal life in Australia, of the quest for justice and belonging, of history, family and love. Geia came to prominence with legendary band No Fixed Address and was a founding member of The Black Arm Band. He is probably best known for his song ‘Yil Lull’, released in 1988 and regularly described as the Aboriginal anthem.

Ethan Enoch, Noonuccal and Nughi performer raised in Logan City, south of Meanjin, artist and actor who uses his hop and poetry to enact his sovereignty and raise awareness to the struggles of First Nations people in so called Australia.

Alinta (Badassmutha), a Githabul, Migunberri-Yugumbeh seasoned multi-faceted artist residing in Meanjin whose work focuses on uplifting fierce femmes and the next generation by continuing to create art that transforms and speaks to the masses.

The panel will be facilitated by Meanjin-based multidisciplinary artist Aurora Liddle-Christie whose practice navigates identity, belonging, Babylon and her experience as Afro-Caribbean/Arrernte woman in so-called Australia.

Following the panel, BEMAC Discover is an open mic night to celebrate the importance of art, music and creativity in our lives and our community. This space will focus on sharing and testing out new work! We invite artists from all backgrounds and languages to showcase and share! Entry is free… So, bring your instrument, poem, monologue or dance and sign up to take part in the open mic at the door on arrival! Each BEMAC Discover will feature guest performances from some incredible artists in our Brisbane community. Tea and snacks will be provided.

BEMAC Discussions: Creating on Stolen Land
6:00pm, Monday April 17

Followed by BEMAC Discover at 7:30pm
Queensland Multicultural Centre
102 Main St, Kangaroo Point
Free to attend. Please let us know you are coming at events.humanitix.com/bemac-discussions-1



6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


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Queensland Multicultural Centre
102 Main Street
Kangaroo Point, QLD 4169 Australia
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