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OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER
lucy Thomas oAM – Co-Founder & Co-CEO, PROJECT ROCKIT
Growing up, Lucy always figured that “someone should really do something about bullying.” Then she realised: I am that someone. Lucy has worked with hundreds of thousands of young people all over the world and has been honoured by UNICEF, The University of Melbourne, The Foundation of Young Australians, the global Family Online Safety Institute. She is a recipient of an Order of Australia Medal for her service to youth and the issue of bullying.PROJECT ROCKIT empowers school students to stand up to bullying, hate and prejudice instead of standing by watching. Through the lens of (cyber)bullying, our workshops explore themes of inclusion, respectful relationships, social leadership, diversity, values and ethics and empathy.
SESSION 1: ART & SOCIAL CHANGE DISCUSSION
Award-winning spoken word artist Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa and trailblazing stylist and filmmaker Ntombi Moyo discuss the importance of art in creating social change.
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a first generation Australian Sikh spoken word artist, educator, performer & human rights reformer.
Sukhjit is passionate about diversity and the importance of visibility in the performing arts and inherently merges her advocacy background with the arts. Her work predominantly provokes conversations around Australian identity, feminism, cultural confusions, and the power of uncomfortable conversations.
Within a short period, Sukhjit has gone from performing at the Opera House for the Australian Poetry Slam Competition in 2014 to performing on national television for Australia’s Got Talent, and most recently she was a speaker at TedxUWA.
Ntombi Moyo is a Melbourne-based Stylist and Director who specialises in fashion. With eight years of industry experience, her work extends across both stills and digital platforms inclusive of music videos and fashion photography shoots.
As a result of her time working within such a competitive creative industry, Ntombi has developed a reputation for being extremely driven, her unique style and a keen eye for detail.
aFTERNOON BREAK OUT SESSIONS
SESSION 2: HER SOUND, HER STORY + Q&A
Her Sound, Her Story is an intimate conversation unveiling the personal experiences, histories and significant social impacts of women in the Australian music industry. Featuring more than 45 artists spanning six decades, including Okenyo, Sampa the Great and Tina Arena, its unique narrative brims with rage, strength, beauty and triumph: a moving and powerful dialogue that extends beyond the music industry to ask, “Where do we want women’s voices to sit in the world today?
Her Sound, Her Story Producer Michelle Grace Hunder will be joining us for an audience Q&A after the film. After beginning her career in professional photography just 8 years ago, shooting with every major player in the Australian Hip-Hop scene, and releasing her highly anticipated photographic book “RISE”, Michelle then spent four years making Her Sound, Her Story with her project partner Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore.
SESSION 3: NTOMBI MOYO WORKSHOP
This workshop seeks to shed insight into the world of directing or styling film clips and the local fashion industry.
It addresses the racial imbalance within the Australian working space and how that impacts creatives of colour. It offers suggestions on how to navigate this, stay moisturised and not to internalise.
SESSION 4: CULTURE, RIGHTS, STORY
BROWN PAPER BAG + PANEL DISCUSSION
Brown Paper Bag is an award-winning short film, based on a true event, which tells the story of a young Indigenous boy Jayden who discovers the world of reading with the support of a cheeky principal and inspiring storyteller. Inspired by the work and impact of acclaimed author & performer Boori Monty Pryor, Brown Paper Bag stars newcomer Khan-James Parker alongside Gold-Logie Award winning actor John Wood and was produced by the youth media social enterprise Youthworx.
Director Jon Staley, Children’s Ground CEO Jane Vadiveloo and Koorie Youth Council Executive Officer Indi Clarke will join us for an in-depth discussion after the film.
SESSION 5: SPEAK UP
Spoken Word WORKSHOP With SUKHJIT KAUR KHALSA
A beginners workshop where participants will learn how to write poetry about their passion and how to use their voice and stories for activism. It will provide participants with opportunities to develop new creative ideas around their voices and identities, connect with each other and build their confidence in speaking up and speaking out on human rights. Topics of discussion will include power, identity, privilege, race, class, gender and leadership.
SESSION 6: SHAKESPEARE IN TOKYO + PANEL DISCUSSION
In Tokyo, a Shakespeare fan with Down Syndrome sets off on a solo adventure to discover the city in order to get away from his over-bearing older brother and prove his independence. Along the way he uses his knowledge of the Bard, his sketchbook and his wits to win the hearts of the people he meets.
Learn the very basics of podcasting in this workshop. Participants will learn what a podcast is, how to plan one, and how they can create them using a smart phone. SYN is a media organisation run by a community of young people that provides broadcasting and training opportunities for young Australians. SYN believe young people should be creators, not just consumers of media. Participants in this workshop are advised to bring along a smart phone they can use.
Shakespeare in Tokyo lead actor Gerard O’Dwyer will join us along with screenwriter and comedian Alistair Baldwin and artist Kate Dishe Quill for an in-depth discussion after the film.
SESSION 7: ARTIST TALK – LYNETTE WALLWORTH
Join us for a very special Artist Talk with Collisions Director Lynette Wallworth.
Wallworth is an Emmy award winning artist/filmmaker whose immersive video installations and film works reflect on the connections between people and the natural world. Wallworth’s works include the award winning fulldome feature Coral, with its accompanying augmented reality work; the AACTA award winning documentary Tender; the Emmy award winning virtual reality narrative Collisions (experience it as part of the Summit program) which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and the 2016 World Economic Forum, Davos; and her most recent XR work Awavena which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and was in competition at the 2018 Venice Film Festival.
SESSION 8: PODCASTING WORKSHOP with SYN MEDIA
Learn the very basics of podcasting in this workshop. Participants will learn what a podcast is, how to plan one, and how they can create them using a smart phone.
SYN is a media organisation run by a community of young people that provides broadcasting and training opportunities for young Australians. SYN believe young people should be creators, not just consumers of media.
Participants in this workshop are advised to bring along a smart phone they can use.
SESSION 9: THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
WORKSHOP with UN YOUTH
UN Youth facilitators will guide participants through the history and importance of the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child.
Participants will shape the discussion and learn about how this document continues to stoke intense debate today, and impact how young people are finding their voices in today’s world, both within the United Nations and beyond.
COLLISIONS – Virtual Reality Experience
Emmy Award Winning Collisions, directed by artist/filmmaker Lynette Wallworth, is a virtual reality journey to the homeland of Indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in the remote Western Australian Pilbara desert. Nyarri’s first contact with western culture came in the 1950s when he witnessed, firsthand and with no context, an atomic test. Nyarri offers us a view to what he saw and, reflecting on this extraordinary event, shares his perspective on the Martu way to care for the planet. Collisions has toured internationally, screening at Sundance, the World Economic Forum, as well in Canberra to Australian federal politicians on the eve of an anti-nuclear policy announcement. Lynette Wallworth will join us for a very special Artist Talk!
An Aspie Life is an experimental adventure game that deals with the topic of Asperger’s Syndrome. One day your roommate leaves for no reason. You’re left to face the outside world alone, but this can be both difficult and amazing when you have autism. It turns even the mundane parts of life into an experience.
An Aspie Life – Beginnings is the prequel to An Aspie Life, set 9 years before the original game. It introduces new gameplay mechanics aimed at exploring new areas of ASD and other disorders. This is all wrapped around a fun JRPG battle system where you must adventure out and solve the mysteries of your small country town, while braving the cold of winter.
Bradley Hennessey is an 18-year-old game developer from Brisbane and founder of EnderLost Studios. He has Asperger’s Syndrome and dyslexia. During his high school years he developed games in his spare time as his passion projects. In 2017 one of those projects was An Aspie Life. This game is all about autism spectrum disorder during teen years. It won critical acclaim and three national awards.
Against All Odds was developed by UNHCR and designed to teach players about the plight of refugees. Players take on the role of a refugee, and play through twelve stages – depicting their persecution and flight from his native country, through to eventual integration into a foreign country as an asylum seeker.
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