Festival Program

Highlight Event

Labour of Love

Sun 1 Sep, 11.30am
The Capitol

Putting oneself on the line as an activist can be costly – not only in terms of career, family and romantic relationships, but emotional and mental health. So what does it feel like for those who have publicly gone into battle? Youth activist and poet Aretha Brown, HIV activist Nic Holas, ex-Greens MP Scott Ludlam and former race discrimination commissioner Tim Soutphommasane talk about how best to survive in the fray.

Supported by the Australian Communities Foundation


1 hour

Available on Pass


Session Artists

Aretha Brown is an Indigenous Australian youth activist, visual artist, painter and the former Prime Minister of the National Indigenous Youth Parliament. Aretha made headlines following her speeches at both the 2017 and 2018 Invasion Day Protests in Melbourne, calling for the national "holiday" to be changed.

Nic Holas is an activist, writer, and co-founder of The Institute of Many (TIM). Nic has contributed to a number of anthologies, including Growing Up Queer in Australia, Queertstories, and The Best of the Lifted Brow Volume Two. His writing has also appeared in Archer, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, ABC, SBS, and Junkee.

Scott Ludlam is a former Australian Greens Senator, who has written for The Guardian, Crikey, Fairfax and Junkee. He is currently working on his first actual book.

Tim Soutphommasane is a political theorist and human rights advocate. He is professor of practice at the University of Sydney, and was Australia's race discrimination commissioner from 2013 to 2018. He is the author of five books, most recently On Hate.

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