A curatorial match making project across words, intention and representation.
A series of ‘first speeches’ from citizens often unheard. Personal visions for our collective future.
Collaborating with a cross-section of our diverse community, Congress is a citizens’ assembly provides a platform for people to have their say and be heard. Congress connects the personal with the political by match making citizens with professional wordsmiths. Ten professional writers and ten community members will be invited to meet, work together, write and deliver their own first speech (previously maiden speeches). These writers and speakers will be curated by All The Queens Men, guided by principles of gender diversity, culturally diversity, pan- demographics, geographic diversity and inclusive of abilities. Together, they will create first speeches for those often unheard; public declarations that address personal visions for our collective future.
Congress welcomes the following writer / citizen collaborations:
Suzie Miller and Keira Leike
Benjamin Law and Vidya Rajan
Alia Gabres and Buster Murphy
Solomon Salew and Ezeldin Deng
Carly Findlay and Hannah Morphy-Walsh
Cynthia Troup and Geraldine Cook
Roger Monk and Davey Thompson
Richard Watts and Ethan Pham
Melanie Joosten and Helen Bayes
Terry Barnes and Barry Nguyen
Presented as the closing ceremony of the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival in the Northcote Town Hall, CONGRESS will take the form of a ritualised performance experience; providing opportunity and audience to those that may not be represented in the current political system, showcasing how easy it is parallel inclusivity and diversity. CONGRESS presents a democratic counterpoint; a creative action that encourage citizens to participate, to agitate, to inspire change and transformation.
Presented as the closing event of the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival with Darebin Arts.
Northcote Town Hall – Sunday 1 October at 5.00pm.
Book tickets here
Created by Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid.
AV / Lighting / Sound Design by Nick Roux.
Congress speeches written by Benjamin Law, Suzie Miller, Melanie Joosten, Richard Watts, Bryan Andy, Carly Findlay, Alia Gabres, Cynthia Troup, Solomon Salew and Terry Barnes.
Congress speeches delivered by Vidya Rajan, Keira Leike, Helen Bayes, Ethan Pham, Davey Thompson, Buster Murphy, Ezeldin Deng, Hannah Morphy-Walsh and Geraldine Cook.