How much are our children’s futures worth, and are we prepared to invest in the next generation? Across the globe, the burden of moral leadership is increasingly falling to our youth – just look at Greta Thunberg or the survivors of the Parkland school massacre – who are prepared to speak truth to power and demand change.
We may hear them talk, but do we truly listen to what they are saying? In this new presentation created especially for FODI, we are giving you the opportunity to listen to five of Australia’s most compelling young leaders as they share their fears and dreams for our country, alongside the 18 person Indigenous vocal ensemble Marliya performing the music of Spinifex Gum.
Hear from First Nation Youth Activist Dujuan Hoosan, School Strike for Climate’s Daisy Jeffery, Audrey Mason-Hyde on their experience with gender, Seethal Bency on mental health and journalist Dylan Storer on equality for youth.
Spinifex Gum is a musical collaboration between Felix Riebl (Cat Empire), Lyn Williams (Gondwana Choirs) and Deborah Brown that has drawn strong acclaim as it challenges audiences with songs examining issues that matter to us all.
To add a dose of extra danger you will decide what you want to pay for your ticket. How much do you think the messages, futures and words of the young are worth?
Unforgivable aims to ignite change through a united collective youth voice.
Unforgivable is a new presentation merging the voices of Spinifex Gum and young Australian activists made possible through the generous philanthropic support of Joblink Plus and the Hogan Family Foundation.
A portion of the box office received for this event will go towards supporting the original creators of the work and the Yindjibarndi Foundation.
Spinifex Gum has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Major Festival Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festival Inc., Adelaide Festival, Sydney Festival and Monash Academy of Performing Arts; the Ryan Cooper Family Foundation, the Lightfolk Foundation, Annamila Foundation, many generous individuals, and by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund.
Marliya and Spinifex Gum
Marliya is a group of young Indigenous singers based in Cairns, whose music goes straight to the heart. Born out of a collaboration between Gondwana Choirs and Felix Riebl, these young women sing with a warmth and richness that belies their age. In 2015, Gondwana Choirs commissioned a new work from Felix Riebl, Spinifex Gum – a song cycle. In order to write the work based on the majestic and complex Pilbara region of Western Australia, Felix visited the Pilbara three times, meeting and developing relationships members of Indigenous communities in Karratha and Roebourne. He and Ollie McGill went on to write the album Spinifex Gum about the region’s local tales and characters, true stories of racism and injustice, and the legacies of colonisation. The music is staunchly modern, built from found sound samples of the Pilbara – rustling leaves, bouncing basketballs and chugging trains.
Seethal Bency is a mental health advocate and a speaker for batyr – a for purpose organisation that aims to smash the stigma around mental health through lived experience storytelling. Seethal has shared her story of hope, recovery and resilience with thousands of young people, empowering them to take charge of their mental health and reach out for support when needed. Seethal is currently studying Medicine and has aspirations to become a psychiatrist.
Dujuan Hoosan is the 13 year old Arrernte/ Garrwa star in the acclaimed AACTA nominated documentary In My Blood It Runs. In 2019, he became the youngest person to address the Human Rights Council at the United Nations where he called on the Australian Government to stop ‘cruelling’ Indigenous children in juvenile detention and reform the education system to support First Nations identities. His film will be in cinemas in Feb 2020, and he wants to meet the PM to tell him his vision for change.
Daisy Jeffrey is a National Organiser of School Strike For Climate Change (SS4C) – an organisation of school students drawn from cities and towns across Australia and New Zealand to fight for climate action. She is working with school and university students across the world who are asking politicians to take our future seriously and treat climate change for what it is – a crisis. Daisy is currently a student of the Conservatorium High School in Sydney.
Audrey Mason-Hyde has appeared in ABC series F**king Adelaide, feature film 52 Tuesdays and short films Rapture, Elephantiasis and A Field Guide to Being A 12-Year Old Girl which was a peer created documentary, which won the Crystal Bear at the Berlinale film festival. In 2017, Audrey created a talk for TedX Adelaide about their experience of gender, which they performed live to 950 people. Audrey was the 2018 Winner of Spoken Word SA’s inaugural Youth Slam Rumble and has since been a consultant and speaker on Channel Nine’s Cultural Conversations series – The Evolution of Gender, and was the peer facilitator on Carclew Youth Arts’ Project Carclew Futures. In 2019 Audrey opened the DreamBig Children’s Festival of the Arts, in front of 2,500 primary school students.
Dylan Storer is a young journalist that grew up in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia. He’s pasionate about equity, justice and youth leadership on the issues of our time. Dylan has appeared on ABC’s Q&A program and is currently studying Journalism and International Relations at the University of Wollongong.