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7.30PM saturday, 4 JUNE 2016 SEYMOUR CENTRE


Six artists lead the ranks on the quest for social change with works highlighting cultural awareness, indigenous rights, freedom of speech, social justice, gender equality, diversity and racism. Carnival of the Bold presents a lineup that will captivate, challenge and inspire you. It celebrates artists who have used their art to enrich our cultural identity, explore shared values, spark imagination and empower communities. Carnival of the Bold is a festival and movement of social change through the arts. It is a coming together of artists and other leaders who drive important issues of our time - to create deeper engagement around social causes. It is first and foremost a spirit or philosophy that the arts can be a powerful enabling force for social change. It calls on artists to take leadership. And it calls on the world to participate. We aspire to bring social issues into the mainstream agenda, raise public consciousness and shine new light on what it means to live with greater humanity. Carnival of the Bold aims to inspire and awaken greater public consciousness. It is interdisciplinary and inclusive of all artists - theatre, music, film, street performance, visual arts, you name it. Artists bring interesting and unique perspectives to the mix, and engage audiences in new and different ways. They can strongly influence the way the world frames or feels about the salient issues.

Kevin Bathman & Zara Choy Co-Founders

Through Carnival of the Bold, we aspire to find new ways, new ideas and new narratives that will shape our world and future. Thank you for joining us in a celebration of the arts for a better world.

Carnival of the Bold would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we stand, the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation. We acknowledge Aboriginal land, and pay our respect to their Elders past and present.

MC Trey

Emcee, Hip Hop Artist & Social Activist MC Trey is a recording hip hop artist/vocalist with over 15 years’ experience. Having blessed the mic on stages around Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Japan, UK and USA, she is no stranger to lyrical dexterity and freestyle delivery.

Musical Memoirs

Her music speaks of social issues, life experiences and more. Her works impact and change the game, whether it be through music, the local community or mainstream society. Off stage she is a passionate advocate and social worker for issues which affect young people, women and diverse communities, winning awards and nominations for her music and her work.


Malaysian Political Cartoonist Zunar is best known for his provocative cartoons that lampoon issues of high-level abuse of government power and corruption. Malaysian authorities have claimed that Zunar’s cartoons are “detrimental to public order”. Over the years, his cartoon books have been confiscated and bookstores banned from selling his work. In 2011 and 2015, Human Rights Watch honored Zunar with its Hellman/ Hammett Award. Zunar is the first full-time cartoonist to receive CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award. To Zunar, cartooning is not a gift but a responsibility. Zunar is now facing 9 charges under the Sedition Act which carries a maximum penalty of 43 years jail term.

To Fight Through Carto on

George Gittoes Visual Artist & Filmmaker

Blood Mystic

Gittoes’ work has consistently expressed his social, political and humanitarian concern at the effects of injustice and conflict. George has captured conflicts around the world for the past 45 years and has mentored kids in Afghanistan since 2007. In recent years his work has especially centred on the Middle East, with repeated visits to Israel and Palestine, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In 2011, he established a new Yellow House, a multidisciplinary arts centre in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Among many prizes, Gittoes has twice been awarded the Blake Prize for Religious Art and in 2014, awarded the Sydney Peace Prize. Hellen Rose will be performing with George.

Bindi Cole Chocka Artist, Writer & Curator

Bindi Cole Chocka is an award winning, Australian contemporary artist who works primarily with photography, video and installation as her mediums. Her works have been exhibited in the National Gallery of Australia, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland, Art Gallery of Western Australia, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. In 2010, Chocka was named one of Melbourne’s Top 100 Most Influential People by The Age. Benjamin Majdlik will be performing with Bindi.

Will the real Jesus please stand up?

Abdul Abdullah

Visual Artist & Radio Host

Why can’t I be angry at everyone?

Abdul Abdullah is a seventh generation Australian who has become increasingly political in his art practice to keep pace with the politicisation of his cultural identity. In 2011 Abdullah was a recipient of Kickstart funding for the 2012 Next Wave Festival, was selected as a finalist in the Archibald prize and won the Blake Prize for Human Justice. He has been an Archibald prize finalist a further two times since, and in 2015 exhibited as part of the annual Primavera exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and APT8 at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa Spoken Word Artist Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a #grownwoman, hairy, and a storyteller. From a young age, she has enjoyed writing poems and performing them to her family. In 2014, she performed spoken word to a wider audience at the Australian Poetry Slam Competition, which spiraled into a YouTube Channel titled ‘Contemporary Kaur.’ Sukhjit writes stories of the Sikh diaspora, family, cultural confusions and gender. Recently, Sukhjit took to the stage of Australia’s Got Talent and wowed the audience with her honesty. For her, the journey has just begun.

Judge Me. I Dare You

Amnesty Australia: ARTillery Pushing the boundaries of Australia’s arts scene

al ces Internation

rvi Settlement Se s & asylum seekers to gee Supporting refu community the Australian of ers mb become me


tackling Socially good chutneys food wastage

The Refugee Art Pro ject

Showcasing the eno rmous talent of refugee & asylum seekers beh ind the wire

Bunk Bed Beats

Free artist development & home recording workshops for disadvanta ged youth

oby Sydney

Ooo of fresh, local and Weekly deliveries your doorstep organic produce to

Carnival of the Bold supports local not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises that help shape our world and future.

AUSLAN Interpreters Natalie Kull is a Professional Level Auslan interpreter. Since her very first interpreting job on a film set in 2008, she has been working in creative spaces and passionately advocating for the rights of Deaf people to access the arts. She has interpreted children’s theatre, poetry readings, life drawing, live performance, music, comedy, visual arts and storytelling, and can often be found waving her arms in art galleries and on stage. Natalie is honoured to be interpreting Carnival of the Bold, and to be sharing this celebration of imagination with the Deaf community. Natalie Kull

Victoria Clark has been working as a Paraprofessional level Auslan interpreter since 2012. Prior to becoming involved with the Deaf Community in Sydney, she completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Art History and Theory at the University of Sydney in 2005. Now able to combine both of these passions, she interprets regularly at some of Sydney’s major art galleries, and has worked extensively in educational interpreting in the fields of Fine Arts, Design and Art History and Theory. Victoria Clark

Busker Artist

Helmut Uhlmann is a music artist and social entrepreneur with a passion for creating and connecting. He creates music at Bunk Bed Beats Songwriting & Production Suite with artists from all walks of life. As an artist, his sound exudes acoustic vibes with an assortment of electronic fairy dust. Recently, Helmut ran a charity project called Busk for a Cure, where 50 artists across 5 locations in Newtown busked to raise funds for Cancer Council NSW and Crohn’s & Colitis Australia. All funds were donated to the charities. Helmu Uhlmann

Prizes are generously donated by:

WORK-SHOP, Sydney Bike Tours & Ooooby Sydney

SPECIAL GUESTS Dr Gene Sherman AO Chairperson Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) Mouna Zaylah Campbelltown Arts Centre Emcee MC Trey

Volunteers Armi-Marquez-Perez Chrissy Crust Kieran Gale Cecile Sy Javier David Paul van Reyk Photographer Dusk Devi Vision FILMING PARTNER IndiVisual Films F2 Pictures

ArtistS MC Trey Zunar George Gittoes Bindi Cole Chocka Abdul Abdullah Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa Hellen Rose

SPECIAL THANKS INDIVIDUALS Dr Simon Longstaff AO Director St James Ethics Centre

Stage ManagerS Angie Kocsisek Lena Nahlous

Ed St John General Manager St James Ethics Centre

AUSLAN INTERPRETERS Natalie Kull Victoria Clark

Ana Tiwary Ankit Chopra Annette Shun Wah Belinda Dyer Benjamin Majdlik Biwa Kwan


Angie Kocsisek

Armi Marquez-Perez

* Program is correct at the time of printing.

Chrissy Crust

Cecile Sy

Carol Holmes Carolina Triana Chistopher Donnelly Christian James Colin Allen Eleanor Gammell Erin Chew Fadia Abboud Gordon Engele Helmut Uhlmann Jamie App Joy Hopwood Katie Hinton Kate Matairavula Katy Marks Lane Pitcher Safdar Ahmed Simone Whetton Martin Pham Mayu Kanamori Michelle Rayner Murat Keskin Nicole Gook ORGANISATIONS Australian Institue of Music ABC Book & Arts Alternative Media Group Amnesty Australia Auslan Services Auslan Interpreters

Lena Nahlous

Javier David

City of Sydney Chutneys Deaf Society Dendy Cinema Digital Storytellers Dot to Dot Printers Idea Bombing Sydney Information & Cultural Exchange (ICE) HUB Sydney Equity Diversity Committee Griffin Theatre Kabuku PR Koori Radio Loving Earth People with Disability Australia Incorporated Performance 4A Ooooby Sydney SBS World News Refugee Art Project Sydney Bike Tours Work-Shop Yomyomf Your Scene Yoke Magazine

Kieran Gale

Paul van Reyk

VENUE Partner






special thanks TO:

Carnival of the Bold is an Auslan Interpreted Event. Carnival of the Bold is part of the Vivid Ideas program during Vivid Sydney, an event owned and managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

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Carnival of the Bold 2016 Program  
Carnival of the Bold 2016 Program