WHAT'S ON - JULY

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THU 2 JULY

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Clarissa Mei

Coming to you live from Riverside Theatre, Parramatta.

Time: 8pm - 8.30pm

Where: 4ESYDNEY FB LIVE

Register: www.fb.com/4ESydney/live

About: Clarissa Mei is a 21 year old songwriter and producer, born and raised in Western Sydney, Australia. She began playing gigs in her local community from a young age, her style always sitting predominantly within soul and Rnb, her trills and vocal technique soaring beyond her acoustic-based instrumental. Now, Clarissa is excited to continue her own production and new electronic-based sounds.

THU 9 JULY

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Sarah Connor

Coming to you live from Riverside Theatre, Parramatta.

Time: 8pm - 8.30pm

Where: 4ESYDNEY FB LIVE

Register: www.fb.com/4ESydney/live

About: Sarah Crane is a Port Macquarie poet, writer and previously a HipHop artist breathing life and truth into poetry that showcases love, depression, romance and death. Now in her 30s, Sarah is a poet with a wisdom and force of life that comes from her mindful and cogent reflections on her world and her surroundings. Since exploding onto the hip hop seen in her 20s, Sara has grown into a visceral, evocative and poignant wordsmith combining her love of story and lyricism with real and honest meaning. 

THU 16 JULY

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: David Miller & Anisha Krishnasamy

Join these two artists as the unpack current events and dig deep on their new single. 

Time: 8pm - 8.40pm

Where: 4ESYDNEY FB LIVE

Register: www.fb.com/4ESydney/live

About: David Miller - A musical collaboration between David Miller (@davidnoahmusic), Van Nguyen (@tvn_productions) and Kevin Ngo (@keveywestside) to collect the sweet sweet pöllen of tunes.

TUE 21 JULY

CONFERENCE TALK: Our Songlines: Footsteps to Strong Community Engagement

Presented in partnership with Community Music Activities Conference & International Society for Musiv Education (ISME)

Songlines is an Aboriginal Concept: Within the belief system of Indigenous Australians, a songline, also called dreaming track, is one of the paths across the land (or sometimes the sky) which mark the route followed by localised "creator-beings" during the Dreaming. A knowledgeable person is able to navigate across the land by repeating the words of the song, which describe the location of landmarks, waterholes, and other natural phenomena. In some cases, the paths of the creator-beings are said to be evident from their marks on the land, such as large depressions in the land which are said to be their footprints. Our Songlines project pays homage to these ancient practices of Aboriginal cultures and learn lessons from them around connectivity to our past, present and future. Our Songlines: Footsteps to Strong Community Engagement project provides spaces for improved cultural competence and appreciation for diverse communities and those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, inclusive of youth, women, seniors and supports expression of one’s identity and its impacts on their mental health well-being as this has a direct correlation in building resilience and staying strong. As the first nations people have demonstrated culture, music our songs keep us strong and allows for sustainability and growth .The project supports positive interactions of cross-cultural collaboration, and exploration of Our Songlines, followed by a showcase of learnings through harmonious exchange through language, music, dance and visual art Further participation by all stakeholders in this project in storytelling of common human experiences and learnings. Our second stage of the songlines project looked at community engagement unitising Aboriginal Governance practices and custodianship of sharing knowledge through music. We further developed our relationships with our diverse artist to use music to capture our history and shared journey which we showcase as part of the 4ESydney HipHop Festival at Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre Bankstown Sydney Australia. This session will be presenting information and results from the project itself, as well as, engaging and interactive session with presenters around Aboriginal Songlines.

Time: TBC

Where: 4ESYDNEY FB LIVE

Register: www.fb.com/4ESydney/live

Facilitated by TURKAN AKSOY: Turkan Aksoy holds a Bachelor in Health Science from UWS and is a Community Development Officer who has worked within the community sector for over 20 years and has established herself as a key stakeholder within multicultural issues around access and equity. Turkan’s experience is in the government and non-government sectors and includes building the capacity of small and emerging communities, cultural diversity training, employment skills development, women at risk, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and youth mentoring.

Founder of the Youth StepUP Program in collaboration with community, provides free employment support for young people from refugee background. Recently launched Youth StepUP Apps has over 1000+ registered local users, and has been viewed in over 82 countries. This project was a finalist at the 2018 United Nations Public Sector Awards.

Speakers

AUNTY LYN MARTIN

Aunty Lyn Martin is an Elder of the Darug Nation who has resided in Bankstown for over 40 years is an active member of the Canturbury Bankstown Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group and has been instrumental in developing Councils Reconciliation Action Plan in supporting heritage and culture within our local community. Lyn is the Vice President of the local Aboriginal Educational Consultative Group (AECG) and also on the NAIDOC committee, the Canterbury Bankstown Advisory committee and now on the Elders Advisory committee at Macquarie University. She works in conjunction with various organisations, schools and community projects, including 4ESydney HipHop festival, conference and mentoring program over the last 6 years to encourage and support the involvement of emerging First Nations young people.

 

AUNTY NOELENE

Noelene Anne Holten is of the Gumbaynggirr-Dunaghuti people, which is on the Mid North Coast. She now lives in Mount Lewis in the Canterbury-Bankstown area. Aunty Noelene says that “Sharing our knowledge, culture and stories of my people is something I strongly believe in. Being a Koori artist in a very diverse city, sharing our stories amongst different nationalities is a gesture of peace and harmony so teaching our art throughout Canterbury-Bankstown is a rewarding experience.” She has been involved in many projects, painting murals, showcasing Aboriginal art, and helping upcoming young artists explore their culture. Her most rewarding experience was when she was involved in rebuilding the Greenacre Community Centre by creating the Welcome Walls. Recently, she has been invited to work on another mural in Greenacre for a children’s centre. She has also been busy running art workshops for seniors, newly arrived migrants and her own community members especially during NAIDOC Week and other special days throughout the year.

TUE 21 JULY

CONFERENCE TALK: Power of HipHop in Engaging Youth in Education, Career Pathways and Global Communities

Presented in partnership with Community Music Activities Conference & International Society for Musiv Education (ISME)

This discussion explores ideas around the power of HipHop, examining projects that are taking place around the world, where HipHop is used as a tool for education, health and engagement amongst youth and community. It will look into how HipHop culture is creating a home away from home and forging lifetime relationships and support networks for youth across the globe. The presenters will reflect on their experiences and work related to equity, inclusion and how music education has been utilised in underprivileged, underserviced and neglected communities and regions. Coast to Coast, together we follow HipHop from the originating burrows of New York City, all the way down to Australia. Discussions will delve into the challenges, techniques and triumphs in engaging diverse youth and tackling systemic issues around white privilege, lack of representation and abuse of power through the use of HipHop culture and music education.

Time: TBC

Where: 4ESYDNEY FB LIVE

Register: www.fb.com/4ESydney/live

Postponed

4ESYDNEY COVID CRIBS with Sara Saleh

Time: 6pm – 6.30pm

Where: @4ESydney Facebook LIVE

Link: www.facebook.com/4ESydney/live

Description: While in isolation, 4ESYDNEY COVID CRIBS sessions go LIVE and step inside the homes, spaces and places of your favourite artists, join us!

 

Artist Bio: Sara Saleh is an award-winning Arab-Australian poet, writer and activist. A campaigner for refugee rights and racial justice, she has spent the past decade working with NGOs in Australia and across the Middle East. She is the co-editor of Arab, Australian, Other (Pan Macmillan, 2019), and currently developing her debut novel as a 2019 Sweatshop Fellowship recipient. Sara is a proud Bankstown Poetry Slam ‘Slambassador’. She sits on the board of Getup! and is completing her Juris Doctor.

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