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SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2021 TALKS PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

Chief photographer with the Sydney Morning Herald’s Nick Moir’s ‘Run’ at the heart of the firestorm

Sydney Festival has unveiled its thought-provoking program of talks, panels and workshops, partnering with The Walkley Foundation, Sydney Writers Festival and UTS to present some of the country’s most celebrated and incisive journalists, writers and thinkers, adding to the already announced 2021 line-up of more than 140 events across three weeks from January 6 – 26.

A series of one-hour biographical portraits of Walkley Award-winning or recognised journalists, Walkleys Live: The Journalist Gene at the Town Hall will see each exploring the national and international context of their work, their influences and inspirations, and the professional drive, courage and values that sustain their reportage.

Recently announced 2020 Gold Walkley Award-winner Mark Willacy headlines the series discussing his unflinching Four Corners investigation “The Killing Field” which, along with his continued coverage, exposed shocking alleged war crimes and cover-ups within the ranks of SAS soldiers operating in Afghanistan, and triggered an investigation by the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force. Continue reading SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2021 TALKS PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

Archie Roach @ The Aurora

Archie Roach in concert

Archie Roach’s concert, CREATION, opened at Sydney Festival’s fabulous The Aurora, a Spiegeltent style construction. It was a pleasure to hear this iconic performer singing and telling his memorable stories in such a stunning location.

Children feature prominently in the stories in Archie’s songs, obviously in Took the Children Away, but also in Nowhere To Go, a song about the government’s closing of schools, and Old Mission Road, where Archie imagines what his young life would have been like if he had been able to spend more time with his parents instead of being stolen away.

Archie also speaks lovingly about children in the rambling stories he shares with the audience between songs. Initially these stories seem like a distraction, but they grow on you and become an integral part of the evening’s entertainment. Continue reading Archie Roach @ The Aurora