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Seven artists lead the ranks on the quest for social change with works that highlight cultural awareness, indigenous rights, sexuality, gender equality, diversity, feminism, youth and marginalised communities. 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.

Candy Bowers

Emcee, Performer & Writer Born in Victoria and raised in Campbelltown NSW to South African parents, Candy Bowers is an award winning writer, hip hop artist, educator, director, arts worker, theatre maker and social activist. A strong and passionate maker of political and raw performance, Candy is notorious for disturbing the comfortable and creating work that warms, cuts and tickles in equal parts. She is committed to building social inclusion for people of colour via theatre.


Indigenous Spoken Word Artist Pushing the boundaries of music, performance and poetry, PoeTRIBE is a collaboration between Wiradjuri/Gomeroi poet Lorna Munro and Ngiyaampa violinist Eric Avery. PoeTRIBE amplifies the importance of relationships, culture, language, law and reconnection. Brave and unapologetic, their work engages you with sparse musical compositions punctuated with passionate poetry, which condenses the modern Aboriginal experience into short and affecting pieces.

Mayu Kanamori

Storyteller & Photographer Mayu Kanamori is a Japanese-Australian artist who works mostly in photography, documentary photography, and still photography video art, often using photographic projection and storytelling with emphasis on performance using interviews and narration. Her works deal with themes relating to subculture and minority groups, and cross cultural and migrational issues, particularly within Japan and Australia. Her more recent work explores spiritual connections with people and landscapes of both Australia and Japan. Supported by ARISA YURA, Actor, Yasukichi Murakami

Luka Lesson

Poet & Rapper

Luka Lesson is a spoken word and Hip hop artist of Greek heritage. From dense rhyme schemes to a poetic vulnerability, Luka’s musicality is prevalent in everything he does. Whether holding the focus of thousands of people at music festivals with nothing but his voice, or flowing on complex beats and electronic production, Luka is a versatile artist whose influences are as diverse as his army of faithful followers.

Rani Pramesti

Actor & Theatre maker Rani Pramesti is a Chinese-Indonesian actor and performance maker based in Melbourne. She is passionate about producing and making work that engages with cross-racial casting and cross-cultural performance making. Rani’s most recent project, Chinese Whispers, won Best Live Art Award and Innovation in Culturally Diverse Practice Award at Melbourne Fringe 2014. In 2015, Rani will be working as an Associate Producer at Footscray Community Arts Centre, through the Arts Victoria and Faculty of VCAMCM Professional Pathways Scholarship.

Fadia Abboud

Arab Australian Fimmaker Fadia Abboud is a filmmaker, film festival co-director and community worker. Fadia’s works centers around themes of gender, sexuality, race, Arab heritage, migrant stories and love. With her work at Information & Cultural Exchange (ICE) she has supported cultural programs using multimedia to empower diverse communities in Western Sydney. Her films include I Remember 1948, Big Trouble Little Fish & I LUV U BUT. Recently, Fadia was an artist on DISCO DOME for Sydney Festival.

Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers

Sound Artist, Performer & Composer A musical director, composer, remixer and sound designer, Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers has been making music and theatre for over 20 years. Kim has performed with the likes of Bone Thugs’ n’ Harmony, Screamfeeder, Def Poetry Jam, Ben Lee, Silverchair and Powderfinger. Kim is the Co Artistic Director of Black Honey Company, a production house and cultural consultancy team that collaborates with the Arts, Entertainment and Community sectors to create fearless sticky performance for the International Hip Hop generation.

Armi Marquez-Perez

Angie Kocsisek

Chrissy Crust

Lena Nahlous

Javier David

Cecile Sy

Paul van Reyk

The story behind the poster Peter Drew’s project, “Real Australians Say Welcome”, aims to make a statement on how we are responding to the plight of refugees. His posters are with us at Carnival of the Bold today. We believe that those seeking asylum should be treated with dignity, compassion and warmth. Photo: “These days, Pauline Hanson’s old fish and chip shop in Ipswich is run by Thanh Huong Huynh and her husband Huong Van Nguyen, a Vietnamese couple who came to this country 22 years ago, seeking asylum.” Photo courtesy of Peter Drew.

#FreeTheArts We need your help to defeat the massive cuts to the Australia Council As you will know by now, Federal Arts Minister George Brandis has taken $104.8 million off the Australia Council, over four years, to start a National Centre for Excellence run by his own office. This will decimate the Australia Council's discretionary budget, and has threatened the new programs and initiatives that started only this year.

Please write to your local federal MP to tell them how poor this decision is, and how it threatens the fundamental democratic process of arts funding. It doesn't matter what political party they are from, they represent you and your interests. and_Members/Members


Sign the petition:

SPECIAL GUESTS Councillor Jenny Green Deputy Chair Cultural Sub-Committee City of Sydney Dr Gene Sherman AO Chairperson Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) Dr Simon Longstaff AO Director St James Ethics Centre Lisa Cotton CEO, The Funding Network & Documentary Australia Foundation Che Bishop Chief Operating Officer Asylum Seekers Centre Lina Kastoumis Community Partnership Australian Council for the Arts

EMCEE Candy Bowers ARTISTS Candy Bowers Mayu Kanamori Luka Lesson PoeTribe / Lorna Munro Rani Pramesti Fadia Abboud Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers STAGE MANAGERS Armi-Marquez-Perez Lena Nahlous VOLUNTEERS Chrissy Crust Cecile Sy Paul van Reyk Angie Kocsisek Javier David PHOTOGRAPHER Dusk Devi Vision FILMING PARTNER F2 Pictures

SPECIAL THANKS : INDIVIDUALS Annette Shun Wah Mikey Leung Biwa Kwan Chrissy Crust Glenn Marsh Kylie Boyd Peter Drew Jason Wing Sally Hill Dominique Antarakis Alice Enari Jo Lippold Miriam Cabello Marieke de Goeij Karen Fulton Christopher Donnelly

Copy Collective ArtsHub Information & Cultural Exchange (ICE) Centre for Sustainability Leadership (CSL) Milk Crate Theatre SBS Indonesia Wildwon Weekend Notes GoGet Carshare Dendy Cinema Loving Earth Pana Chocolate MLC Design & Gallery Zipporra

ORGANISATIONS City of Sydney Digital Storytellers Amnesty Australia / ARTillery Fastprint Services Asylum Seekers Centre Performance 4A Playwriting Australia

About Asylum Seekers Centre The Asylum Seekers Centre provides a welcoming environment and practical support for communitybased asylum seekers, while building community support and pursuing social justice outcomes. It is a safe place of hospitality and welcome, an oasis and safe place for many who have fled situations of great danger. They are a not-for-profit organisation and rely on grants, donations and volunteers to undertake our work. Please donate or support their work:

A portion of our proceeds from the event will go towards the Asylum Seekers Centre

* Program is correct at the time of printing.






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 2015 Program  
Carnival of the Bold 2015 Program