- When 5 Jan - 23 Feb 2019
CNR OF OXFORD ST & GREENS RD, PADDINGTON NSW 2021
TUES TO SAT, 10AM-5PM. CLOSED PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
+61 2 8936 0888
Taking its title from Terry Irving and Rowan Cahill’s 2007 book on dissident politics and actions in Sydney; this program of talks, documentary screenings and performances engage with the histories and futures of local activism concerned with housing, public space, sexuality and gender.
Panel Discussion & Screening: Learning from the Green Bans
Friday 18 January 6pm
In April 1973 a ‘green ban’ was placed on Victoria Street to defend the working-class suburb of Kings Cross from redevelopment. Part of a large-scale campaign led by the NSW Builders Labourers Federation that saw construction workers withdraw their labour on over 40 projects deemed to be socially and environmentally harmful, the green bans constitute an integral part of Sydney’s social, political and architectural history.
Hear from an esteemed panel of speakers including historian Rowan Cahill; feminist and anti-racism activist Dr Meredith Burgmann; independent filmmaker and ex-builders labourer Pat Fiske; and early-career activist and builders labourer Andy Mason as they discuss the legacy of the Green Bans activism today. Following the panel, Pat will introduce a screening of her documentary Rocking the Foundations 1986, that chronicles this important history.
Shine A Light Walking Tour with Julie Bates
Saturday 19 January 2.00pm
Kings Cross/East Sydney (meeting place TBC)
Join sex worker rights activist Julie Bates on a tour of Kings Cross and East Sydney through the lens of her own activism and experience working and living in the area.
The Eviction 2018 questions the future of Sydney’s public housing through the story of the Millers Point community and the sale of their homes. Director Blue Lucine will introduce the screening and facilitate a discussion with Millers Point residents and activists who feature in the documentary. Presented with the support of the City of Sydney and the Juanita Nielsen Community Centre.
Panel Discussion: Sydney Subcultures and Club-cultures
Friday 1 February 6pm
From Les Girls to Monsta Gras, alternative club culture in Sydney continues to be an important platform for community-building and the development of experimental performance practices. Within the context of gentrification and shifting urban dynamics, this panel discussion will explore the significance and precarity of Sydney’s club nights and venues from the 1970s to now.
The recent media furore surrounding use of the Sydney Opera House sails for advertising highlights larger tensions around the use of public space. Bringing together architects, anti-gentrification activists, sociologists and cultural commentators, this panel discussion explores the argument for maintaining Sydney’s public housing, spaces and infrastructure.
There Goes Our Neighbourhood 2018 documents the ambition, resilience and creativity of Sydney’s Waterloo community when politicians and property developers threaten to transform their neighbourhood. Introduction and Q&A with filmmaker Clare Lewis. Presented with the support of the City of Sydney and the Juanita Nielsen Community Centre.
Exhibiting artist Zanny Begg reflects on discussions generated throughout the ‘Radical Sydney’ public program and the process of making The Beehive. Joined by a range of Juanita’s contemporaries and others for whom Juanita’s disappearance has remained of great interest, the panel discussion will explore whether justice for Juanita Nielsen is possible.