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Carnival of the Bold

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Social Justice & The Arts = A Great Collaboration

Saturday November 9th in Newtown heralds a new kind of event in Sydney called Carnival of the Bold. As part of the Change Makers Festival there will be an exciting array of performances and work by various artists focusing on areas of social justice and change in the world. The event is sure to inspire, entertain and provoke you, and connect you with other change makers. This unique experience will showcase how artists can be leaders of social change.

The Coalition of Mischief founder and co-creator of Carnival of the Bold Kevin Bathmen had this to say about using the arts as an avenue for social justice, "The commercial advertising world has long been using artists to 'sell' products and reap the benefits through their art. It's time this power be channelled into worthwhile causes."

Paul Capsis, Australia's favourite cabaret singer and actor will emcee the fabulous night.

Some of the artists involved in Carnival of the Bold include:
Simon Hunt aka Pauline Pantsdown: Political Satire Artist
Adam Hill aka Blak Douglas: Indigenous Artist & Activist
Ande Kindryd: African American Storyteller
Mikey Leung: Social Change Photographer
Chris Wright: Slam Poet & Political Ecologist
Melanie Lee: Children's Book Illustrator & Speaker
One World Choral: Culturally Diverse Choir

Plus an opportunity for a Q&A session with the artists at the end.

And special guests are the Deputy Mayor, Robyn Kemmis and Independent Member for Sydney, Alex Greenwich.

The night doesn't have to stop there though. After your mind has been opened and your interest piqued you can go to the after-event at Buzzzbar Cafe, 349 King St, Newtown so you can continue having thought provoking discussions and experiences.

I asked Zara Choy, co-founder of Coalition of Mischief, why someone would want to attend Carnival of the Bold. Zara had this to say,

" If you want to be inspired, moved, stimulated, provoked even, by how art is being used to address social change, then this is a night is for you. If you have never thought much about these issues, then this is a night for you too!"

"It also doesn't end with the night. We'd like this premier event to be the start of a movement that builds an increasingly conscious community of people, that sparks new ideas and collaboration, and provides hope and avenues for tackling some potentially tough topics -- for a better future. "

If you're looking for a fresh inspiring way to spend a Saturday night that supports local arts and the community I couldn't think of a better event to go to than Carnival of the Bold. I'll be there, will you?
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Why? If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for? Alice Walker
When: 7.15pm pre-drinks for an 8pm start
Phone: 02 9519 3403
Where: 542 King St, Newtown NSW
Cost: $35.00
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