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Tuesday 15 – Sunday 27 May
HUMAN RIGHTS ARTS AND FILM FESTIVAL 2012
The full program can now be seen at www.hraff.org.au. Opening Night: Joe Berlinger’s new film Under African Skies as been selected to open HRAFF 2012 on the 15th at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre. The evening will feature a video message from Director Joe Berlinger, music by JABULA!, a $5000 holiday giveaway thanks to Intrepid Travel and an after party with food and drink at ACMI, The Cube. Echoes of Others: Illuminating the Gaps Amid Translation, the HRAFF 2012 Art Exhibition, will open at No Vacancy, QV on Wednesday 16th May at 6pm. The full line-up has been announced for Rhythm and Rights which will take place at Abbotsford Convent on Sunday 20 May, from 1.30pm – 7pm. Tinpan Orange will be headlining the day, supported by bands such as Sol Nation, The Hacketts, Alwan, Musiki Manjaro and Wadaiko Rindo bring their unique global and local sounds together in celebration of musical expression and human rights culture. Tickets are only $15 Full / $10 Conc.
Thursday 17 May
HUMAN RIGHTS, PROTEST AND POLICE SURVEILLANCE FORUM
The Castan Centre for Human Rights presents: “Human rights, protest and police surveillance: a forum on intelligence gathering and monitoring of public protest.” Speakers: Michael Pearce SC (Barrister and Former President of Liberty Victoria); Anthony Kelly (Executive Officer, Flemington & Kensington Community Legal Centre); Anna Brown (Human Rights Law Centre) Special guests, Chris Heislers and Jan Beer, will talk about their experiences of being monitored for opposing the desalination plant and North-South pipeline and their subsequent legal challenge. 6:00 - 7:30pm, Melbourne City Conference Centre Chapel, cnr Little Lonsdale and Swanston Streets (opposite the State Library). RSVP: email@example.com or tel. 9905 3327. Full details: http://www.law.monash.edu.au/castancentre/events/2012/police-surveillance-powers.html
Friday 18 May
PROTEST ISRAELI APARTHEID: BOYCOTT COMPANIES THAT PROFIT FROM OCCUPATION
Demonstration targeting companies in Melbourne that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestine. 6pm. Old GPO, cnr Bourke & Elizabeth Sts, City. Organised by Students for Palestine. After a march and speeches we will be returning to Trades Hall where we will have a forum at 7pm on Al Nakba (the catastrophe).
Friday 18 May
TAMIL GENOCIDE REMEMBRANCE DAY
On May 18, 2009, the extent of the slaughter in our homeland crystallised and changed our lives forever. Soils of culture once irrigated by rivers of our nation are now swamplands of carnage; trees of life that flourished with the rise of our civilisation now lie mangled and charred amid a web of deceit and shattered dreams. Three years on, let us remember the thousands of Tamil civilians killed for simply voicing their desire to live freely, with respect and dignity. To a generation of Tamils eliminated under the gaze of the world, and to those left behind, trapped inside a prison of torment in this bloody aftermath, we give a day of remembrance. 5pm. State Library.
Friday 18 May
SISTERS IN CRIME@LAW WEEK: FAIR COP
Christine Nixon, former Chief Commissioner Victoria Police, talks to Sandra Nicholson, her former Assistant Commissioner, about her autobiography, Fair Cop: Christine Nixon (Victory Books), written with Jo Chandler in 2011. Plus “Second Novels in the Second Half” - Crime writers Jaye Forde and Y A Erskine will dissect their latest books – both second novels – with Vikki Petraitis, true crime author and Sisters in Crime convenor, after interval. 8pm, The Rising Sun Hotel, cnr Raglan St & Eastern Rd, South Melbourne. $5 (members/concession )/$10 (non-members). Dinner upstairs from 6.30pm (no lift). Men or ‘brothers-in-law’ welcome. Please book for event: Lindy Cameron (03) 5983 9429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Info: www.sistersincrime.org.au
Saturday 19 May
THE BREAKFAST CLUB: THIS ISN'T A MOVEMENT, IT'S A MOMENT: WHEN PUBLIC SPACE, POLITICS AND ART COLLIDE
The Breakfast Club is a series of talks events, presented in partnership with the Next Wave Festival, and held at breakfast time: on weekdays at 8am, on weekends at 10am. The past two years have seen people take to the streets in more and more countries, seeking out change without knowing how to articulate it yet. As Spring warms up the city streets, a different and much harsher kind of authoritarian resistance has greeted New York’s occupiers. So what can we expect from public space in our cities? Where are the spaces that allow the fluid spontaneity and the cut and thrust of debate – city squares, football fields, theatres, libraries, media, the internet? When public space and politics collide, art that creates those cracks of light may be the best tool we have. 10:00AM - 12:00PM, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street. More information: http://wheelercentre.com/calendar. This is a free event. Bookings are essential. http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=24227
Saturday 19 May
GET ANGRY, GET ACTIVE, IF NOT NOW, WHEN?
Resistance and Socialist Alliance present a day of radical ideas and discussion to give young people a political voice, and talk about how we can go about campaigning around different issues and get organised. This will be a day of radical ideas for radical youth who want to help make a change in the world around them. We will have 5 workshops for the day, discussing various issues which effect young people, and a range of campaigns we are involved in. Workshops include: 11:30am-12:45 Womens/queer/transgender rights & Refugee rights; 12:45-1:30pm Lunch break; 1:30-2:45pm Environmental campaigning & Arts, culture & activism; 3-4:30pm Youth exploitation & how we fight it. Radical musician and activist Mitch Cherry will also play us out with some songs of protest to finish the day. 11:30am-4:30pm. Resistance Centre, Level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT).
Saturday 19 May
THE LONG WALK 2012
Join Michael Long at the community celebration (2 – 6 pm) before The Long Walk to Dreamtime at the 'G. The annual commemoration of his historic walk to Canberrra is now a popular celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement featuring inspiring speeches, great bands, loads of kids activities, market stalls and much more. Entertainment includes: Benny Walker, Illana Atkinson, Yung Warriors, Sean Choolburra, live Marngrook Footy Show, Essendon activity centre, basketweaving and music workshops, Koorie Night Market, roving circus acts, and lots of information stalls. The community celebration precedes The Long Walk to Dreamtime at the 'G which sets off at approx. 6.30pm. The community celebration and The Long Walk are both free public events. The Onground walk is a ticketed event. More info: http://www.thelongwalk.com.au/News-Events/Upcoming-Events/The-Long-Walk-2012---Melbourne
Sunday 20 May
PERRY STREET FESTIVAL
The BEST little festival in Melbourne! Presented by Friends of the Earth Melbourne, with support from the City of Yarra. 10am – 6pm, Perry St, Collingwood. Featuring a huge array of eco-friendly products, home-made cakes, fantastic vegetarian food, fresh organic juices, organic fruit and veg, environmental and political information stalls, a massive clothing bazaar, books, retro household items and a huge lineup and variety of local music, plus short 'teach-ins' from some of the best Friends of the Earth activists in Australia (held inside the Friends of the Earth Food Co-op). The Perry Street Festival is a fundraiser for Friends of the Earth Melbourne, and our way of thanking the local community and our volunteers for their ongoing support. For more information phone Beth Cameron on 9417 4382 or by email email@example.com
Monday 21 May
THE BREAKFAST CLUB: 1.4 BILLION PEOPLE IN POVERTY. NOW THAT EVERYONE'S AN ARTIST, AND EVERYONE'S A JOURNALIST - WHO WILL TELL THEIR STORIES?
The Breakfast Club is a series of talks events, presented in partnership with the Next Wave Festival, and held at breakfast time: on weekdays at 8am, on weekends at 10am. We all know something about poverty – its hardship, misery and human toll. In a world where we are saturated with images of the poor and starving, how can we start to see poverty in a way that is meaningful, comprehensive and sensitive to the subject? Does art have a role to play here? With a video camera in every pocket we are increasingly savvy to the way we communicate difficult social issues. So who will rise to the challenge? 8:00AM - 10:00AM, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street. More information: http://wheelercentre.com/calendar. This is a free event. Bookings are essential. http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=24232
Monday 21 May
STOP HRL CAMPAIGN INFORMATION NIGHT
You've probably heard all about HRL, and their dastardly plans to build new brown coal fired power station in the Latrobe Valley. Well, the Quit Coal campaign to stop that from happening is about to kick it up a notch. For the next 6 weeks, we'll be calling (in a loud voice) on the federal government to withdraw a $100 million dollar grant that's been keeping HRL afloat. We want that money going to renewables and to see an end to dirty coal power in this state. We're holding this info night so that anyone who's been watching from afar, is new to this issue, or just keen to know more, can get up to date on what's happening in the campaign and identify ways they can help out. 6pm, Friends of the Earth, 312 Smith St, Collingwood. Drinks and nibbles provided. All welcome. No cost.
Tuesday 22 May
FILM SCREENING: GASLAND
A brilliant expose of the incredibly destructive process of extraction of natural gas by 'fracking', coming soon to Victoria. 6 pm, Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Presented by Beyond Zero Emissions & Friends of the Earth. We'll be kicking off the evening at 6, but feel free to come early and settle in. As well as the film, there will be a discussion with Cam Walker (FoE) and Mark Ogge (BZE). Tea and snacks provided. A $5 donation is suggested to cover costs, but we welcome everyone regardless of their ability to pay. For more info ph Josh 0416 968 060, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday 22 May
THE BREAKFAST CLUB: CLIMATE CHANGE: #FIRSTWORLDPROBLEMS
The Breakfast Club is a series of talks events, presented in partnership with the Next Wave Festival, and held at breakfast time: on weekdays at 8am, on weekends at 10am. Look after people, or look after planet? Is climate change something that only those who can afford it can think about? Perhaps this extreme context is something we must learn to live within, and can it be seen as fertile ground for artists and creatives to consider our personal, social and civic humanity? With Tipping Point, Australia. 8:00AM - 10:00AM, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street. More information: http://wheelercentre.com/calendar. This is a free event. Bookings are essential. http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=24234
Tuesday 22 May
SCREENING OF EVEN THE RAIN AND DISCUSSION ON BOLIVIA SOCIAL MOVEMENTS & LASNET ORGANISING MEETING
Dear all, here a new reminder or our next organising meeting and the screen presentation of Even the Rain a film that shows Bolivian society during the water war that expelled a Multinational which was in charge of Water supply and distribution. Movie will start at 7pm sharp - LASNET Space Trades Hall; corner of Lygon and Victoria Streets. Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3674642969/. Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) email@example.com, www.latinlasnet.org
Tuesday 22 May
A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR MELBOURNE
Union of Australian Women, Coffee with a Focus. Speaker: Dr Alison Parkes, Greens candidate for Lord Mayor. 10.30 – 12.30, 4th floor meeting room, Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane. Cost: $5 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 23 May
THE BREAKFAST CLUB: REVOLUTION AT THE DINNER TABLE: FRESH FEMINISMS, OPEN FOR DISCUSSION
The Breakfast Club is a series of talks events, presented in partnership with the Next Wave Festival, and held at breakfast time: on weekdays at 8am, on weekends at 10am. The arts aren’t immune to their own kind of sexism. So let’s talk about it. What can current generations of feminists learn? What’s different and what sticks? How are our public and media figures affected by expectations of women’s role? And how can art contribute to political change? With LEVEL Artist Run Initiative. 8:00AM - 10:00AM, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street. More information: http://wheelercentre.com/calendar. This is a free event. Bookings are essential. http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=24236
Thursday 24 May
LUNCHBOX / SOAPBOX: ANIMALS, EQUALITY AND DEMOCRACY
While it may be true that nature is red in tooth and claw, it seems that for animals subject to human law – rather than the law of nature – life is much more like a lottery. For an animal, where you are born, and why you were bred, is critically important. This is because animal welfare laws in Australia and around the world are inconsistent. If a rabbit is bought as a family pet and then sold to a fur farm, the law will protect the same rabbit very differently. In this presentation political scientist Dr. Siobhan O’Sullivan outlines inconsistencies in Australia’s animal protection laws and explains why for animals it is critically important to be born good looking, popular, and highly visible to the community. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, 12:45PM - 1:15PM. This is a free event.
Friday 25 May
SCRAP MYKI, MAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT FREE
So far, more than $1.35 billion has been spent on the development of Myki, paid to a consortium of private companies. Compare this to the $350 million per year (adjusted for inflation) spent on public transport before privatisation. Overall, privatisation has cost the public over $2 billion more than public ownership. While most people are concerned about the impact of car pollution on air quality and climate change, most Melburnians travel by car, in part because public services are inadequate and poorly integrated. If the public transport system was free, none of this would be necessary. A free, integrated and properly staffed public transport network, under public ownership and control, is worth fighting for. Rally at 4pm. Transport Minister's Office, 121 Exhibition St, City. Organised by Fightback. http://fightback.org.au/
Sunday 27 May
CONCERT: RECONCILIATION WEEK KOORIE NIGHT MARKET
Featuring: Coloured Stone. 10am-2pm. Melbourne Town Hall. More info: http://www.koorienightmarket.com.au/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2012/05/27/56/-/melbourne-town-hall-reconciliation-week-knm
Sunday 27 May
WILLIAMSTOWN WALK AGAINST WANT
The Walk starts at 9 am at the Williamstown Life Saving Club, better known as the ‘Pearl Bay Courthouse’ from the classic TV series SeaChange. Choose to walk or cycle east or west from the Clubhouse and return via the same route. The eastern walk offers a historical, cultural and culinary perspective of the Williamstown foreshore, taking walkers past the historic Time Ball Tower and piers to Nelson Place. The western walk is for nature enthusiasts, winding its way past the boat harbour, mangroves, bird hides and lakes. Refreshments will be available back at the Clubhouse until 12.30pm. To register, contact Tim Rogers or Rhonda Oliver by phone on 03 9370 2125 or 03 9370 1835, or email Tim at email@example.com.
Wednesday 30 May
A PLACE OF OUR OWN - TACKLING THE HOUSING CRISIS
Australian Fabians event. 6.00 till 7.30 pm , Melbourne City Conference Centre, 333 Swanston St. Melbourne. In 2004 the Fabians held a forum titled 'A Place of Our Own: Housing Problems and What Can Be Done About Them' at which experts discussed the desperate need for affordable housing for all Australians. Speakers remarked that although the crisis was real and obvious it received little media attention. At least one thing has changed – we now have a vigorous public debate about the causes and solutions to the cost of housing. But has anything changed in the real world for those trying to get out of the rental market, or for those are homeless? Come along to our public forum to join the discussion with three experts on aspects of the housing policy explore the issues and the options for how we might finally tackle this critical social and economic issue. Sarah Toohey - Campaign Manager, Australians for Affordable Housing; Richard Wynne MP – Member for Richmond, Shadow Minister for Housing; Sarah Kahn - Manager Policy and Communications, Council to Homeless Persons. Cost $10 non-members, $5 members/concession. RSVP: http://www.fabian.org.au/985.asp?eventId=2558#rsvp
Thursday 31 May
ROSS MCMULLIN: FAREWELL, DEAR PEOPLE
The Friends of Emerald Hill Library invite you to meet Ross McMullin and hear him discuss his new book, which contains ten extended biographies of young men who exemplified Australia’s gifted lost generation of World War I. Ross McMullin is a historian and biographer whose main interests are Australian history, politics, and sport. He has researched and written extensively about the impact on Australia of its involvement in World War I. 7:30 pm, Emerald Hill Library, Bank Street, South Melbourne. Entry is free, no bookings required, and refreshments will be served. For further information ring Michael Sabada 0417 556 143. Michael.Sabada@hospira.com. For more on the book and the author on web at http://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/title/farewell-dear-people/ To keep up to date on events email or visit our website: http://friendsofemeraldhilllibrary.org.au/
Thursday 31 May
FILM: THE LAST SURVIVOR
A documentary presenting the stories of four survivors of genocide (the Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur and the Congo). It highlights their efforts to educate, motivate and promulgate a civic response to mass atrocity crimes, in order to have a lasting social impact. Doors open 8pm, film starts 8:30pm. Bella Union, Trades Hall, cnr Lygon St & Victoria Parade, Carlton South (enter via Lygon St). Tickets presale: $12/$15; door: $17/$20; group discount (6 or more) $10. Tickets on sale at Bella Union. For more information, see http://artsinaction.com.au/