Creativity beats at the heart of every great city – Sydney is no exception. Come and hear from cultural connectors Stephen Page (Artistic Director...

Soul of the City: Australian Museum X Vivid Ideas

Location:

1 William Street
2010 NSW
Australia

Venue:
Australian Museum
Soul of the City: Australian Museum X Vivid ideas
Soul of the City: Australian Museum X Vivid ideas

Featuring

Sara Mansour

Sara Mansour

Sara Mansour is the co-founder and artistic director of Bankstown Poetry Slam (BPS), Australia's largest poetry slam. Founded in 2013, BPS has partnered with a number of  organisations and festivals over the years such as Youtube, Sydney Festival, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney Writers Festival and Art Gallery of NSW.  Sara is also a practising lawyer and board member of Monkey Baa Theatre Company, Crescent Institute and Sweatshop. She uses her practise and her art to shed light on issues of political and social importance and to drive change. Sara is heavily involved in community work and the arts, performing and facilitating workshops, and curating "Real Talk" - an award winning inter-school poetry program which uses performance poetry as a medium to discuss contemporary social issues and empower young people in Western Sydney to find and use their voices. She is currently working on a new project which will deliver Australia's first national youth poetry slam to be held later this year.

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran is a Sri-Lankan born contemporary artist who explores global histories and languages of figurative representation. He has specific interests in South Asian forms and imagery as well as politics relating to idolatry, the monument, gender, race and religion. While he is best known for his irreverent approach to ceramic media, his material vernacular is broad. He has worked imaginatively with sculptural materials including bronze, concrete, neon, LED and fibreglass, as well as conventional painting and printmaking materials and techniques. His work has been featured in some of Australia’s most prestigious galleries as well as internationally and his first major permanent public artwork was recently installed at the entrance of the new HOTA gallery.

Stephen Page

Stephen Page

Stephen Page is a descendant of the Nunukul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh Nation from South East Queensland. In 1991, he was appointed Artistic Director of Bangarra and has developed a signature body of works that have become milestones in Australian performing arts. His first full-length film SPEAR premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before screening at various arts festivals around Australia in early 2016.
He has also co-directed and choreographed the documentary FREEMAN (2020) and choreographed the feature films Bran Nue Dae (2009) and The Sapphires (2011). Stephen has received both the NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award and JC Williamson Award, been honoured with the Australia Council Dance Award for significant contributions to the cultural and artistic fabric of the nation, and appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).
 

Katarina Kroslakova

Katarina Kroslakova

T Australia: The New York Times Style Magazine is crafted and brought to life by Editor-in-Chief and Publisher Katarina Kroslakova, who has earned her place as one of Australia’s most experienced editors, journalists and authorities on curating luxury experiences. 

The former editor of the Australian Financial Review’s Life & Leisure and Luxury magazines brings almost 20 years’ experience writing, consulting and editing for respected national publications with a vast global reach.

Her extensive magazine portfolio includes a career working across Fairfax Media, News Ltd, Pacific Magazines, Bauer Media, the ABC and Macquarie Radio Network, and she regularly features in the media, reporting on the business of lifestyle and luxury in the retail, food, fashion, arts, travel and motoring industries.

Her custom book and magazine division KK Press Pty Ltd is an agile, ambitious, business savvy and commercially conscious publishing house which places T Magazine at its core.

Jonny Hawkins

Jonny Hawkins

Jonny is an actor, writer, film maker, DJ, founder of the Dollar Bin Darlings and self-proclaimed Sydney Loyalist.
They have won awards for stage and screen including for the film Joy Boy which picked up Best Film Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Best Screenplay at Vivid's Fresh Flix and went on to screen at international film festivals including Cannes.
Their most recent theatre work, Maureen Harbinger of Death was part of Sydney Festival’s 2021 season and will be presented as part of Melbourne’s 2022 Rising Festival.
Jonny is currently working on a development, funded by ScreenWest for a new Web Series, Murders on The Dance Floor. A development for Griffin Theater called Can’t fight the Moonlite an unconventional play about a gay bush ranger from Australia’s secret queer history.

Bankstown Poetry Slam

Bankstown Poetry Slam

Bankstown Poetry Slam (BPS) is Australia's largest regular poetry slam, and has been dubbed the largest poetry slam in the Southern Hemisphere. BPS' award winning events and projects drive change by empowering young people and people from diverse backgrounds to express themselves through the medium of spoken word poetry.

Access and Inclusion

  • Auslan Interpreted - Auslan interpreted events are for audiences who are Deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan) as their primary means of communication. Experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the speakers are saying or Auslan signing the text and dialogue live. Audiences requiring this service are seated in the section closest to the interpreter to ensure good sightlines.
  • Wheelchair Accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.

Event Details

Creativity beats at the heart of every great city – Sydney is no exception. Come and hear from cultural connectors Stephen Page (Artistic Director Bangarra Dance Theatre), Sara Mansour (Co-Founder of Bankstown Poetry Slam) and Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran (Visual Artist) about the stories that define us, bring us together, and sometimes tell uncomfortable truths. Katarina Kroslakova, Publisher & Editor in Chief at T Australia: The New York Times Style Magazine will moderate this session.

Much loved DJ Jonny Hawkins shares their love of eccentric characters who add soul to a city before segueing into DJing for the night.

Stephen Page is a cultural force. As Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre from 1991 to 2022, he has created a signature body of work and taken First Nations stories to a broad audience. Stephen is a natural born raconteur and shares stories of family, community and connection with trademark warmth and wit.

Sara Mansour is the Co-Founder of the Bankstown Poetry Slam. Sara is also a lawyer and uses her practise and her art to shed light on issues of political and social importance and to drive change. Hear Sara and other special guests of Bankstown Poetry Slam reflect on their experiences of the city.

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran is a Sri-Lankan born visual artist who creates mixed media beings – playful sculptures that evoke memories, monsters, sentiments and multiple histories. His potent super-sculpture Earth Deities is a towering beacon on Vivid Sydney’s Light Walk. Together, we explore Ramesh’s heritage, his interest in spirituality and forms of idolatry, and discover how he harnesses creativity to connect with others.

Top off this jam-packed night with drinks, FREE live music, and a wander through the exhibitions.

 

In this series of FREE talks curated by Vivid Ideas and the Australian Museum, we reflect on what makes great cities, the joys and the pitfalls of city-living, and we hear personal stories of belonging.

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Access and Inclusion

  • Auslan Interpreted - Auslan interpreted events are for audiences who are Deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan) as their primary means of communication. Experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the speakers are saying or Auslan signing the text and dialogue live. Audiences requiring this service are seated in the section closest to the interpreter to ensure good sightlines.
  • Wheelchair Accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.

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