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Stop Everything!

Fri 10 Sep, 6pm
State Library Victoria, Conversation Quarter

Due to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.

Co-hosts with the most Benjamin Law and Beverley Wang bring their weekly blitz of pop culture to a live audience for a special recording of their ABC Radio National show Stop Everything! They welcome Mehreen Faruqi and Jock Zonfrillo onto the Festival stage for a thoughtful, fun and freewheeling analysis of what the newest trends in screen, music and internet culture tell us about our world right now.

In partnership with ABC Radio National


1 hour


Event artists

Dr Mehreen Faruqi is the Greens senator for New South Wales. She is a civil and environmental engineer and lifelong activist for social and environmental justice, the first Muslim woman to sit in an Australian parliament, and Australia's first Muslim senator. Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud is her memoir.

Benjamin Law is author of The Family Law, Gaysia, Quarterly Essay: Moral Panic 101 and editor of Growing Up Queer in Australia. He created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning SBS TV series The Family Law and wrote the sold-out MTC play Torch the Place. He co-hosts ABC RN's Stop Everything! and interviews public figures for Good Weekend.

Beverley Wang is a journalist, broadcaster, speaker and co-host of Stop Everything! on Radio National. Before that, she created and hosted the podcast It’s Not A Race and was the Executive Producer of RN Drive. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she’s been based in Melbourne since 2009.

Jock Zonfrillo is a Scottish-born chef, TV host and philanthropist. Currently a MasterChef Australia judge, Jock is best known for the award-winning Restaurant Orana, a fine-dining experience that challenged the way we eat and use native ingredients. He founded The Orana Foundation, a not-for-profit that celebrates Indigenous Australian food culture.

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