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The latest Census statistics paint a picture of Australia that many of us already see on our streets - almost half of Australia's population are first or second-generation migrants. But we don't see this diversity when we go to the theatre, or visit an art gallery, or even when we watch TV at home. So what does it feel like if your culture is largely invisible? In this original podcast series by Diversity Arts Australia, we'll ask this question of some of Australia's leading culturally diverse artists and arts workers. We'll look at what's working and explore ways to increase diversity so our arts and screens look like the real Australia.

The Colour Cycle Diversity Arts Australia

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 34 Ratings

The latest Census statistics paint a picture of Australia that many of us already see on our streets - almost half of Australia's population are first or second-generation migrants. But we don't see this diversity when we go to the theatre, or visit an art gallery, or even when we watch TV at home. So what does it feel like if your culture is largely invisible? In this original podcast series by Diversity Arts Australia, we'll ask this question of some of Australia's leading culturally diverse artists and arts workers. We'll look at what's working and explore ways to increase diversity so our arts and screens look like the real Australia.

    This is Who We Are: Deborah Cheetham & Chi-chi Nwanoku on transforming classical music

    This is Who We Are: Deborah Cheetham & Chi-chi Nwanoku on transforming classical music

    "It should not be a novelty that there's more than one Black person on stage playing Beethoven and I vowed that minute that I was going to put everything I had into doing something about this."

    Meet Artistic Directors Chi Chi Nwanoku OBE (Chineke Foundation) and Prof Deborah Cheetham AO (Short Black Opera) and hear them talk about their decades-long careers, decolonising systems and breaking down doors in Australian and UK classical music.

    • 40 min
    Women, Hip Hop and Resilience: MC Trey (AUS), DJ Sarah Love (UK) and Maya Jupiter (USA)

    Women, Hip Hop and Resilience: MC Trey (AUS), DJ Sarah Love (UK) and Maya Jupiter (USA)

    This podcast was produced on the unceded lands of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation, and the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. Always was. Always will be. Aboriginal Land.

    In this episode we're speaking to three award-winning women of the Hip Hop world across three continents. These pioneers discuss working across regions, why community is integral to Hip Hop, and what resilience means to them.

    In Australia is MC Trey, a pacesetter in the world of hip hop whose legacy spans 20 years of music about everyday life, love and her Pacific community. In London is one of the busiest award-nominated aficionados of hip hop, DJ Sarah Love who's also a broadcaster, TV presenter and journalist. In California is Maya Jupiter who was born in La Paz to a Mexican father and Turkish mother. She grew up in Australia where she fell in love with Hip Hop, later dropping three albums and hosting music shows on TV and radio.

    Guests (in order of appearance): MC Trey, DJ Sarah Love, Maya Jupiter
    Host and Interviewer: Lena Nahlous
    Producer: Nadyat El Gawley

    Music: Inshallah
    Credits
    Songwriter: Maya Jupiter
    Vocals: Maya Jupiter, Mia Xitlali and Sandino González-Flores.
    Qanoon and Oud: Halim Al-khatib
    Drums: Evan Cristo,
    Bass: Juan "El Unico" Perez,
    Keyboard: Quincy McCrary
    Guitar: Quetzal Flores.
    Video Production: Abby VanMuijen of RogueMark Studios, Art by Eliza Reisfeld and Animation by Marisa Rafter

    More information
    Supporting the arts can increase our resilience
    The Complex Intersection of Gender and Hip-Hop
    Life and Hip Hop : women's role in the industry
    DJ Sarah Love Juice Crew interview

    This podcast is in collaboration with This Is Who We Are, a UK-Australian movement of intergenerational & intersectional women artists, producers and creatives of colour who are transforming sectors, thinking and spaces.

    • 37 min
    This is Who We Are: Things They Never Told Me

    This is Who We Are: Things They Never Told Me

    This podcast was produced on the unceded lands of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation, and the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. Always was. Always will be. Aboriginal Land.

    In this episode, we're peering a little into our personal lives today with some quick vox pops from artists and creatives. Our question: What is something we learnt about later in life, that we wish somebody in our lives had told us about? It could have come from our mothers, fathers, extended family, or people we came across growing up.

    UK performance artist Aleasha Chaunte considers becoming a parent and what she learned from her mother and family; and Sharmilla Beezmohun talks about how she wishes she knew that the older we get, the less we know.

    Guests (in order of appearance): Aleasha Chaunte, Jennifer Lee Tsai, Dj Sarah Love, MC Trey, Maya Jupiter, Sharmilla Beezmohun, Pearl Tan
    Interviewers: Lena Nahlous and Melanie Abrahams
    Host: Lena Nahlous
    Producer: Nadyat El Gawley

    Music: Getaway
    Credits: Co- written by MC Trey (Australia) and Savuto (Fiji) / TAPASTRY ©
    Recorded at Treehouse Productions, Fiji
    Video shot by Only Ideas Studio, Fiji.

    This podcast is a collaboration with This Is Who We Are, a UK-Australian movement of intergenerational & intersectional women artists, producers and creatives of colour who are transforming sectors, thinking and spaces. Co-directors Melanie Abrahams (Director. Renaissance One), Paula Abood (Director of The Third Space), Lena Nahlous (Executive Director of Diversity Arts Australia and host of The Colour Cycle podcast), Nur Shkembi (Melbourne based curator, writer and scholar). Festival Curator Melanie Abrahams Project Manager: Sarah Dara. Producer Renaissance One.

    • 17 min
    Ask the other question: Unpacking intersectionality

    Ask the other question: Unpacking intersectionality

    Intersectionality. What is it? Why is it important, and what does it mean to live an intersectional life? Featuring London-based freelancer, editor and novelist Sharmilla Beezmohun, Sydney filmmaker and lecturer Pearl Tan, and UK independent producer and curator Melanie Abrahams and poet and playwright Chérie Taylor Battiste.

    • 44 min
    How to be Anti-Racist in the Arts: launch of the Creative Equity Toolkit

    How to be Anti-Racist in the Arts: launch of the Creative Equity Toolkit

    In 2020, Diversity Arts Australia and British Council launched the Creative Equity Toolkit (www.creativeequitytoolkit.org), a how-to resource that supports organisations in reaching diversity goals.

    This episode was filmed at the Toolkit launch at Sydney Opera House. It features conversations about the global anti-racism movements of 2020, allyship, building alliances between the culturally diverse immigrant space and First Nations movements and practical strategies for making change in the creative sector.

    Panel: Peter White (Senior Manager, Aboriginal Strategy and Engagement at Create NSW), Benjamin Law (writer and broadcaster) and Mikala Tai (Head of Visual Arts, Australia Council for the Arts).

    Spotlight: Writer-filmmaker Katrina Irawati Graham.

    • 56 min
    I Am Not A Virus: anti-Asian Covid racism

    I Am Not A Virus: anti-Asian Covid racism

    The Covid-19 pandemic saw a surge of Anti-Asian racism. In response, Diversity Arts Australia launched I Am Not A Virus, an artist-led project that provides powerful counter-narratives to xenophobia and racism. This episode spotlights interviews from Asian artists, partners and curators from the I Am Not A Virus project, along with two spoken word pieces that were commissioned as part of the project.

    Featuring: Erin Wen Ai Chew (founder of Asian Australian Alliance and Being Asian Australian), artists Jacqueline Pon, Sean Stephen Ryan, Jayanto Tan, Andrea Srisurapon, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art curator Reina Takeuchi, and works by Kelly Huynh and Jasper Lee-Lindsay.

    Read Asian Australian Alliance's "COVID-19 Racism Incident Report Survey Comprehensive Report 2021" here: http://diversityarts.org.au/tools-resources/asian-australian-alliance-releases-covid-19-racism-incident-report-survey-comprehensive-report-2021/

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

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Excellent

This podcast is doing such a great job of advocating for a better reflection of Australia in our media. Love your work!

The Jackles ,

Finally!

Great energy, right on the zeitgeist. Finally a good insightful commentary and a strengths-based approach to diversity representation.

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Arts Front

A timely and insightful series of national converations on diversity and inclusion - well worth a listen!

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