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Eight artists lead the ranks on the quest for social change with works that highlight cultural awareness, indigenous rights, consumerism, sustainability, peace and racism. Carnival of the Bold presents a lineup that will captivate, challenge and inspire you. 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. From sustainability, poverty, justice and peace to human rights, animal rights, equality, education and well-being, 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; a power not fully harnessed, we think. Through Carnival of the Bold, together - whether an individual, not-forprofit, government or conscious business - 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.
KEVIN Which artist inspires you... the late Yasmin Ahmad, a filmmaker from Malaysia who made films about breaking racial stereotypes and challenging the status quo. The art world needs more … trailblazers who can push the boundaries and nip conservatism in the bud. Who would play you in a movie... with a limited selection of Asian actors in Hollywood, I’d say John Cho (Harold and Kumar). Sad that I can’t think of anyone else - which is why I’m a huge advocate for diversity in the arts, media and entertainment industry. My favourite art work is… anything by Banksy
ZARA Which artist inspires you... Too many! I feel a very strong resonance with Anais Nin. I admire the honesty in her writing, and how she was true to herself despite going against the norms of her time. Others like Roald Dalh, Dr Seuss, Lang Leav and many dancers and musicians such as Altinai Asylmuratova, Piazzolla, Cachaito, Gotan Project, for their creativity and mastery. If we can stretch the term, Anita Roddick has also been one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to the art (and soul) of business. The art world needs more… prominence in the lives of everyday people. Who would play you in a movie... Gosh. I guess I would play me in a movie, I think! I don’t follow enough actors/actresses to be able to answer this. My favourite art work is… The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. And Alice in Wonderland.
Paul Capsis Emcee Paul Capsis is an Australian singer and actor, known for his cabaret theatre roles. He is a multiaward winning star of the stage and screen including two coveted 2012 Helpmann Awards. Inspired by his Greek and Maltese heritage, Paul wrote Angela’s Kitchen, a fascinating play on the practice of biography, a microhistory of the migrant experience, a touching ode to a deeply loved woman and a reflection on his own lifetime of his own lifetime of pretending and identity-seeking.
Simon Hunt AKA Pauline Pantsdown ‘A Tale Of Two Paulines: Pantsdown vs Hanson’ In 1997 Simon Hunt edited the words of right-wing politician Pauline Hanson into the song “I’m a Back Door Man”, which was banned when Hanson took legal action in the Supreme Court. The following year, Hunt changed his name to Pauline Pantsdown, released the top ten single “I Don’t Like It”, and ran as a candidate for the NSW Senate in the federal election. In 2013, he resurrected the character on social media, this time creating a series of visual memes to engage in political issues relating to the federal election. Simon Hunt also works as a composer and DJ, and is the Program Coordinator of the Bachelor Of Media Arts at the University of New South Wales.
Adam Hill AKA Blak Douglas ‘BLAK&write’ I’d received an email from a year twelve student requesting images to include in her visual art essay as she’d been studying my work for her major. I’d walked into a High School located in Concord, Sydney and was escorted to the library where an exhibition of works filled the foyer... the students had produced works entirely influenced by mine. Having coffee at my local on Abercrombie Street, Chippendale, a striking young woman stops with friends and asks... “excuse me, are you Adam Hill? I studied you in High School”. Suddenly I realised that after a decade of pushing a bolder uphill, I was being assisted by youthful zest. Like when you’re trying to push your broken down car through a major intersection and all of a sudden... it seems to leave your hands, rolling voluntarily as though some kinetic God has prevailed a courteous wind. I felt that I’d earned my stripes.
Ande Kindyrd ‘The Hair War’ Andreea Kindryd is a storyteller in the campfire tradition: she just sits and talks from her experience. At 75, she’s had plenty. Fresh from her solo show, ‘Slavery to Star Trek’ in the Sydney Fringe Festival and Ediburgh Comedy Festival, Ande believes that world peace begins at home and that it begins with ourselves and the people we love.
Mikey Leung ‘Positive Light’ Mikey Leung is a media producer and moonlighting travel writer with a passion for travel to developing countries, particularly Bangladesh. After discovering the ‘climate change victim’ identity that Bangladesh had, he sought to revise it by enlisting the help of some of its most talented photographers. The resulting crowdfunded, crowdsourced coffee table book mobilised 700 images and 150 photographers, who all agreed to participate in creating a vivid photographic artwork that describes the beauty of human potential, rather than the pit of despair typically used to describe Bangladesh. By changing the country’s negative image, Mikey believes that tourism and economic development could form the basis of a better future for the country.
Chris Wright ‘Ode to Eramus’ Chris Wright is a poet who believes in blurring the lines between poetry and politics, research, rhythm and rhym. An anthropologist by training, Chris has blended his passion for words and social justice to create performances made to move UN negotiators, raise awareness on environmental destruction and highlight small towns and street clowns. Tonight, he will be flying in from Sabah, Malaysia to debut some of his latest pieces and share his vision for poetic collaboration in the future.
Melanie Lee ‘A Girl In The World’ Melanie is a mother, social entrepreneur, artist, illustrator and writer who has written and illustrated A Girl In The World, the first in a series of children’s books that invites readers to share their honest thoughts and feelings about the ups and downs of life. Creative expression has been paramount in helping Melanie to heal from childhood sexual abuse. It enables her to connect to and process her thoughts and feelings and understand the world around her.
One World Choral ‘Dreaming of Africa’ One World Choral will introduce audiences to their vibrant choral repertoire celebrating cultural diversity through music. Established to fill the void in performing cultural music from every continent, the choir will introduce audiences to a distinctive African choral sound and increase an appreciation of cultural influences through music. Performing at major and community events, the One World Choral choir is culturally diverse and encourages each member to explore their cultural background through music.
Emma Locky Stage Manager
Mark Croasdale r Assistant Stage Manage
Rosemary Shapiro-Liu Mentor & Sounding Boa rd
FRONT OF HOUSE AND VOLUNTEERS: Joy Suliman, Frances Du, David Hwang, Olivia Pek, Charlie Aaron, Jacintha Astles
SPECIAL GUESTS Deputy Lord Mayor Robyn Kemmis Independent Member Sydney, Alex Greenwich MC Paul Capsis ARTIST Simon Hunt Adam Hill Ande Kindryrd Mikey Leung Chris Wright Melanie Lee Beryl Segers Claire Chehade Tracy Naidoo Melanie Thorpe Giorgia Bassill Elmira Abusarova Olesya Voytsekhovskaya Maureen Miller Janet Sleigh Peter Chappell Peter Angelides Kurt Isaacs Patrick Hayes Creighton Claiborne STAGE MANAGER Emma Lockhart-Wilson ASST. STAGE MANAGER Mark Croasdale
VOLUNTEERS Frances Du David Hwang Joy Suliman Rosemary Shapiro-Liu Olivia Pek Charlie Aarons Jacinta Astles PHOTOGRAPHER Dusk Devi Vision FILMING PARTNER Digital Storytellers SPECIAL THANKS TO: INDIVIDUALS Annette Shun Wah Biwa Kwan Rebecca Clark Lesley Watson Laura Luna Ryohei Ishii Kevin Rack Glenn Marsh Armi Marquez-Perez Owen Leong Grace Archibald Josie Cavallaro Ryan Foote Gabriela Ramos Lizzie Franks Drew MacRae Sienna Balakrishnan Dominique Antarakis Mia Stewart Andrew Bifield Pete Dowson Amy Basha
Program is correct at the time of printing.
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Published on Aug 28, 2014
Published on Aug 28, 2014
Carnival of the Bold is first and foremost a spirit or philosophy that the arts can be a powerful enabling force for social change. A coming...