Borrowed Voice: Freedom of Expression vs Cultural Appropriation

Borrowed Voice
07 Jun 2017
18:00 - 20:00
The Cell Block Theatre, Forbes Street, (adjacent to Taylor Square) Darlinghurst NSW 2010
National Art School (NAS)

Should artists be restricted by cultural boundaries when creating their work? 

Join us as we explore the blurry lines between cultural exchange and cultural appropriation and their effect on the production of creative works in Australia by tipping a traditional debate on its head.

Teams of artists, writers and comedians will question the ethics of representation and the concepts of identity politics and political correctness through a ‘reversed-debate’ format. ’Affirmative’ speakers will argue the negative standpoint to highlight the shortcomings of the opposing view, with the  aim of exploring this serious and contentious subject through an entertaining, thought-provoking and engaging discussion. 

Sunil Badami 


·  Deng Adut — lawyer and author

·  Bronwyn Bancroft — artist and illustrator

·  Daisy Cousens — writer and journalist

·  Thomas Keneally — novelist

·  Caroline Marcus — reporter, anchor and columnist

·  Chris Taylor —  comedy writer, performer and broadcaster.


This event is presented by Sydney PEN and Settlement Services International (SSI) as part of the SSI Speakers’ Series. 

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