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The Colour Cycle

Diversity Arts Australia

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The Colour Cycle

The Colour Cycle

Diversity Arts Australia

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The latest Census statistics paint a picture of Australia that many of us already see on our streets - almost half of Australia’s population are first or second-generation migrants. But we don’t see this diversity when we go to the theatre, or visit an art gallery, or even when we watch TV at home. So what does it feel like if your culture is largely invisible? In this original podcast series by Diversity Arts Australia, we’ll ask this question of some of Australia’s leading culturally diverse artists and arts workers. We’ll look at what’s working and explore ways to increase diversity so our arts and screens look like the real Australia.

Latest Episodes

Introducing The Colour Cycle

Australia's recent census data shows that half of the population were born overseas or have a parent born overseas. But do we see this reflected on stage, on screen and in our arts sector? Launching in January 2018, The Colour Cycle Podcastby Diversity Arts Australia aims to disrupt cultural whitewashing. Each week Lena Nahlous talks to an Australian cultural leader, artist, screenwriteror author about what it feels like to not see yourself reflected in the cultural landscape and how can we increase diversity - so our arts and screens look like Australia.

1 min2018 JAN 9
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Introducing The Colour Cycle

Creating new reflections

What does it feel like to grow up without seeing yourself reflected on TV? Screenwriter Benjamin Law describes this exclusion as 'quietly dehumanising' and a form of 'structural racism'. He joins Lena Nahlous on the Colour Cycle to talk about his comedy series that is changing the face of our TV screens. Benjamin Law talks about casting the predominantly Asian-Australian characters, why quotas work and about creating new opportunities and new reflections for writers of colour in Australia.

31 min2018 JAN 18
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Creating new reflections

Making spaces for refugee artists

We talk a lot about the challenges for artists of colour to break into the arts sector andthe pervasive stereotypes they face based on cultural backgrounds. But what if, on top of all that, you're also trying to manage the added difficulties of language barriers, work and trauma as a recently arrived refugee to Australia? In this episode, we meet an extraordinary woman, Carolina Triana who has created huge opportunities for artists from refugee backgrounds by establishing the New Beginnings Festival.The festival has created a rare opportunity for exiled artists to showcase their work in front of an audience they may never, otherwise, have had the chance to reach.

36 min2018 JAN 24
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Making spaces for refugee artists

Art and Identity Politics: What is the Australian voice?

As our next guest tells The Colour Cycle, the great Australian author David Malouf is never referred to as the Great-Lebanese-Gay-Australian author. So do non-Anglo artists always have to represent the cultural identity of their parents or their birthplace? Why aren't they simply referred to as Australian artists?How does the colour of your skin or the language you speak at home inform your creative work? Does it have to? In this episode, Author and TV and radio host Sunil Badamitalks to Lena Nahlous about identity politics, and asks, what is the Australian voice and who does it belong to.

20 min2018 JAN 31
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Art and Identity Politics: What is the Australian voice?

Making Art in Exile

We know that people are moving around the world and fleeing persecution, fleeing environmental disaster at a rate that has never before happened in history. In this episode we talk to an artist who was unable to practice his craft in his home country for fear of persecution. We talk to Damon Amb about his journey as a refugee and how he is now working to rebuild his life and re-establish his artistic practice in a new country.

38 min2018 FEB 7
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Making Art in Exile

Changing the Narrative

Many people have made assumptions about our next two guests. Zainab Syed is a performance poet from Pakistan, she wears a headscarf so people assume she's a refugee or hardship and that her work should reflect this. But her story is one of privilege. We'll talk to her about "Changing the Narrative" - how do you change the stereotypes or assumptions made about artists of colour. We also meet Kevin Bathman whose work about the inter-marriages of Indian and Chinese couples in south-east Asia doesn't fit easily into most boxes.

37 min2018 FEB 14
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Changing the Narrative

Bonus EP - Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane

In our first bonus episode we are playing a live recording of the speech from Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommosane, the Beyond Tick Boxes Symposium. It was so good we just had to share it with you. He challenges Australians to think about cultural diversity as more than just going out for souvlaki, dim suns or pho. Dr Soutphommosane also poses the question whether creative expression is a human right?

18 min2018 FEB 21
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Bonus EP - Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane

Bonus EP - "Are we there yet?"

Over this podcast series we've heard lot's of strategies for increasing cultural diversity in the Arts and on our Screens - soare we there yet? Well we're on our way but still have a long way to go according to a panel discussion which Diversity Arts Australia hosted at the Performing Arts Connections Australia conference (Australia's peak performing arts body for theatre, danceand performing arts). The panel included some Colour Cycle alumni; Sunil Badami, Benjamin Law, Zainab Syed, Maria Tran and Jackie Bailey.

28 min2018 FEB 28
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Bonus EP - "Are we there yet?"

Bonus EP -

We often talk about the need for quotas to compel arts organisations to include more diversity in their programming. When Create NSW's Screen division introduced a 50 50 quota for gender - they significantly increased the participation of female directors, writers and producers within a very short period of time. So could quotas work to create a more culturally diverse arts sector? This was a hot topic at the Beyond Tick Boxes symposium in 2017 with an animated panel discussion that we recorded live and nicknamed "Where are the teeth?".

56 min2018 MAR 8
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Bonus EP -

The Diversity of Australia's First Peoples

This ancient continent has been populated by diverse groups of people and artists from over 500 language groups and nations. We recognise that diversity didn't start with Australia's European colonisations and the migrants who came after. But too often Australia's indigenous artists are relegated into one box to tick. In this episode, we talk to two important indigenous artists, Lily Shearer and Colin Kinchella about what we can learn from the diversity of Australia's first peoples.

57 min2018 MAR 14
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The Diversity of Australia's First Peoples

Latest Episodes

Introducing The Colour Cycle

Australia's recent census data shows that half of the population were born overseas or have a parent born overseas. But do we see this reflected on stage, on screen and in our arts sector? Launching in January 2018, The Colour Cycle Podcastby Diversity Arts Australia aims to disrupt cultural whitewashing. Each week Lena Nahlous talks to an Australian cultural leader, artist, screenwriteror author about what it feels like to not see yourself reflected in the cultural landscape and how can we increase diversity - so our arts and screens look like Australia.

1 min2018 JAN 9
Comments
Introducing The Colour Cycle

Creating new reflections

What does it feel like to grow up without seeing yourself reflected on TV? Screenwriter Benjamin Law describes this exclusion as 'quietly dehumanising' and a form of 'structural racism'. He joins Lena Nahlous on the Colour Cycle to talk about his comedy series that is changing the face of our TV screens. Benjamin Law talks about casting the predominantly Asian-Australian characters, why quotas work and about creating new opportunities and new reflections for writers of colour in Australia.

31 min2018 JAN 18
Comments
Creating new reflections

Making spaces for refugee artists

We talk a lot about the challenges for artists of colour to break into the arts sector andthe pervasive stereotypes they face based on cultural backgrounds. But what if, on top of all that, you're also trying to manage the added difficulties of language barriers, work and trauma as a recently arrived refugee to Australia? In this episode, we meet an extraordinary woman, Carolina Triana who has created huge opportunities for artists from refugee backgrounds by establishing the New Beginnings Festival.The festival has created a rare opportunity for exiled artists to showcase their work in front of an audience they may never, otherwise, have had the chance to reach.

36 min2018 JAN 24
Comments
Making spaces for refugee artists

Art and Identity Politics: What is the Australian voice?

As our next guest tells The Colour Cycle, the great Australian author David Malouf is never referred to as the Great-Lebanese-Gay-Australian author. So do non-Anglo artists always have to represent the cultural identity of their parents or their birthplace? Why aren't they simply referred to as Australian artists?How does the colour of your skin or the language you speak at home inform your creative work? Does it have to? In this episode, Author and TV and radio host Sunil Badamitalks to Lena Nahlous about identity politics, and asks, what is the Australian voice and who does it belong to.

20 min2018 JAN 31
Comments
Art and Identity Politics: What is the Australian voice?

Making Art in Exile

We know that people are moving around the world and fleeing persecution, fleeing environmental disaster at a rate that has never before happened in history. In this episode we talk to an artist who was unable to practice his craft in his home country for fear of persecution. We talk to Damon Amb about his journey as a refugee and how he is now working to rebuild his life and re-establish his artistic practice in a new country.

38 min2018 FEB 7
Comments
Making Art in Exile

Changing the Narrative

Many people have made assumptions about our next two guests. Zainab Syed is a performance poet from Pakistan, she wears a headscarf so people assume she's a refugee or hardship and that her work should reflect this. But her story is one of privilege. We'll talk to her about "Changing the Narrative" - how do you change the stereotypes or assumptions made about artists of colour. We also meet Kevin Bathman whose work about the inter-marriages of Indian and Chinese couples in south-east Asia doesn't fit easily into most boxes.

37 min2018 FEB 14
Comments
Changing the Narrative

Bonus EP - Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane

In our first bonus episode we are playing a live recording of the speech from Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommosane, the Beyond Tick Boxes Symposium. It was so good we just had to share it with you. He challenges Australians to think about cultural diversity as more than just going out for souvlaki, dim suns or pho. Dr Soutphommosane also poses the question whether creative expression is a human right?

18 min2018 FEB 21
Comments
Bonus EP - Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane

Bonus EP - "Are we there yet?"

Over this podcast series we've heard lot's of strategies for increasing cultural diversity in the Arts and on our Screens - soare we there yet? Well we're on our way but still have a long way to go according to a panel discussion which Diversity Arts Australia hosted at the Performing Arts Connections Australia conference (Australia's peak performing arts body for theatre, danceand performing arts). The panel included some Colour Cycle alumni; Sunil Badami, Benjamin Law, Zainab Syed, Maria Tran and Jackie Bailey.

28 min2018 FEB 28
Comments
Bonus EP - "Are we there yet?"

Bonus EP -

We often talk about the need for quotas to compel arts organisations to include more diversity in their programming. When Create NSW's Screen division introduced a 50 50 quota for gender - they significantly increased the participation of female directors, writers and producers within a very short period of time. So could quotas work to create a more culturally diverse arts sector? This was a hot topic at the Beyond Tick Boxes symposium in 2017 with an animated panel discussion that we recorded live and nicknamed "Where are the teeth?".

56 min2018 MAR 8
Comments
Bonus EP -

The Diversity of Australia's First Peoples

This ancient continent has been populated by diverse groups of people and artists from over 500 language groups and nations. We recognise that diversity didn't start with Australia's European colonisations and the migrants who came after. But too often Australia's indigenous artists are relegated into one box to tick. In this episode, we talk to two important indigenous artists, Lily Shearer and Colin Kinchella about what we can learn from the diversity of Australia's first peoples.

57 min2018 MAR 14
Comments
The Diversity of Australia's First Peoples
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