4ESYDNEY CONFERENCE LINEUP
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With close to 25 years industry experience as a Hip Hop / Soul music journalist / radio (Koori Radio 97.3FM) & club DJ and recently launching her own self publishing imprint MHP Publishing, two time bestselling author (How to Live for Love & Hip Hop) (She is Empowered), Maxine Johns has garnered global respect for presenting authentic and honest interview experiences through her long running blog Ms Hennessey Speaks Blog and her newly launched Youtube channel, Ms Hennessey TV - Real Talk.
Shyamla (she/they) is an independent Movement Artist, Choreographer, Educator and Host with a Masters in International Human Rights Law & Policy. Shyamla advocates for cross-cultural exchange and anti-discrimination through the arts and is committed to supporting independent artists and making dance more safe, accessible, intersectionally diverse and inclusive.
Alethea Beetson is a Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi + Wiradjuri storyteller + dreamer who has worked extensively with Indigenous communities across multiple art forms to inspire new works responding to societal issues, cultural heritage and colonisation. She has worked as a First Nations Music Curator and Producer across Brisbane Festival, BIGSOUND, Horizon Festival, Yonder, Festival 2018, BSAF and Jungle Love.
Australia's most notable HipHop Journalist and Radio Host
Having lived in so-called Australia for over a decade, Irish born singer-songwriter Áine Tyrrell has earned herself the reputation of being an unmissable live act and can be found on stages across the world including the UK, Ireland and USA.
Originating from Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory, the AIR award-winning and ARIA-nominated artist released an 11-track album Milyakburra, educating and informing in both English and Anindilyakwa languages. The critically acclaimed 2018 album features the emotive Lady Blue (over 6.5 million Spotify streams) and Black Smoke, amassing over 1.2 million Spotify streams and rotation on Triple J, ABC Local and 10 weeks in the AMRAP charts.
Luka Lesson is a rapper, poet and recording artist of Greek heritage from Australia. Luka is a former Australian Poetry Slam Champion, has performed his own work with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and has his lyrics studied across universities and schools globally. Luka has toured with the likes of Akala (UK), Lowkey (UK) and Dr Cornel West (USA) and recently released two thought-provoking spoken word pieces 'A Letter To My Daughter' & 'What Will Become Of Us?'.
Turkan Aksoy is a Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant living and working on Darkinjung Country with experience in government and non-government sectors, including building capacity of small and emerging communities, cultural diversity training, employment skills development, women at risk, collaborating with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and youth mentoring. As Welcoming Cities Coordinator they support local councils and government agencies throughout NSW.
Dan Palm is the Head of Licensing & Sync at Sony Music Publishing and is responsible for driving and developing licensing opportunities across advertising, film, television and video games for SMP’s artist roster which includes A.B Original, Barkaa, Briggs, Birdz, DOBBY, Hilltop Hoods, Kobie Dee, Miiesha, Tasman Keith, Thelma Plum and Trials. As well as synching the SMP catalogue and writers to network television promos and tourism, automotive, sporting and tech commercials.
Zig Parker is a veteran in the hip hop game. The Texas born, LA bred native has donned his career in both music and film production and worked at Motown/ Capital early in his career as a sound engineer and has since brought his vision and talent to the bustling metropolis of Sydney and made his mark in the forays of music production, songwriting and film.
MC Trey is a passionate arts and community advocate utilising music to engage young people, encouraging creativity and storytelling practices for self-expression and identity. She also consults with Corporates and Not for Profits. Her work in this sector spans over two decades with some of the most notable organisations and institutions in the region.
Busty Beatz is a Music Director, Beats Producer, Sound Artist, MC, Poet and Multi-disciplinary Performance Maker who has been creating fearless art to Activate, Pollinate and Liberate for over 30 years. Of Xhosa/Chinese Malay heritage, Busty works across music, theatre, fil
Jr Aboagye has successfully managed events and tours in Australia since 2009, working with artists such as JA Rule, Tyga, Kid Ink and The Rangers. He has also been instrumental in creating national and local brands such as Scream under 18s festival and Sounds of Afrobeats festival.
Ginan Tabbouch is a multi-disciplinary designer, who is telling her story through music and fashion, with a focus on her Unisex streetwear brand, GTAB, launched at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in 2018.
Catherine Swallow is the Program Manager at Riverside Theatres Parramatta and oversees Riverside Presentations, delivering Riverside’s extensive program of live performing arts and cinema.
Jennifer Noorbergen is a multi-disciplinary creative producer with over 10 years experience throughout the cultural, arts, community and education sectors. As the Culture and Pathways Manager at 107, she combines her expertise of community, cultural development and event production, to build capacity across the organisations’ people, programs and places.
Alicia Talbot manages the arts and cultural team for Blacktown City including The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre, delivery of cultural strategy, public art and cultural infrastructure for the City. Over 25 years Alicia has worked in a range of contexts with a focus on cultural strategy and infrastructure, artistic leadership, programming and place making.
Zeadala is a multidisciplinary artist from South West Sydney. She combines her love for acoustic guitar with soulful vocals and bars to bring forth positive vibes and a deep purpose to authentically connect and uplift her audiences. Her lyrics, rooted in self-empowerment, healing and connection to land offer space for compassion and understanding and love for community.
Creative industries specialist with experience in strategy and policy development, stakeholder management, advocacy, communications and campaign development. I've worked in the creative industries for 18 years, across festivals, music, arts, literature and major events.
Jeff Stein has been a Manager, Creative Producer and Coordinator of Events and Festivals for over 20 years. For the past 5 years he has overseen the City of Parramatta’s City Events and Festivals program that has grown exponentially over the years of his tenure. His team has been the recipient of three awards for events during his time as manager (Local Government NSW Awar, RH Dougherty Award and Australian Event Award).
Peter Sabbagh is the Co-Founder of Bodega Collective, Bodega Studios and is a DJ and Producer in Korky Buchek. For the last 12 years he has been Djing, Producing, Running Events, Running a Music Studio and more around Western Sydney and all over Australia, creating a huge platform for HipHop in Sydney.