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Join us for a block party with a difference

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A mixtape, a block party, an online platform to sustain artists of colour, and a series of films and podcasts.

Join Diversity Arts Australia and Blacktown Arts for The Pacesetters, and get ready to dance-it-off at our block party and feast on some delicious Australian Indigenous bush tucker courtesy of Kallico Catering.

Featuring trailblazing artists Aamer Rahman, Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers, Rani Pramesti and Latai Taumoepeau, whose works celebrate and pay homage to First Nations and culturally diverse Pacesetters through new films, music, performance and an online platform.

Setting the pace will be a pumping soundtrack, The Fierce Awakens Mixtape by Busty Beatz and other works that provoke conversations about community, place, gender, sexuality, race, and colonisation in the Australian creative sector, while also celebrating the “pacesetters”. The works profile notable First Nations and culturally diverse Australians like Gary Foley, Beverley Wang, Eugenia Flynn, Maya Jupiter, MC Trey, Nazeem Hussain, Amanda Ma and more.

pacesetter [peys-set-er] Noun1. a person that is the first to do new or different things; a leader in a particular field or activity, providing an example for others to follow. 2. someone that sets the pace.

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Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers is a musical director, composer, sound designer, remixer, DJ and performer. Of Xhosa heritage and living on Yuggera country, she has been making fearless art to activate, pollinate and liberate for over 25 years. Her music is featured in cult Australian films Fresh Air, Eleven, Love and Other Catastrophes and The Well, and she has composed for film including Amar directed by Fatima Mawas and Love Bites directed by Jermaine D’Vauz. Composition and sound design for theatre credits include Samson (Belvoir Street), Straight White Men (State Theatre, SA), The Longest Minute (Debase and Queensland Theatre), Prize Fighter (La Boite Theatre). Musical direction credits include East London West Sydney directed by Breakin' Convention’s Jonzi D, Polytoxic Dance Theatre Company's The Rat Trap and she is the resident MD for the internationally renowned Briefs. This beat-making mama is the MD, composer and sound artist of the international smash-hit Hot Brown Honey, which saw her win the 2016 UK Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation & Playing with Form, two Green Room Awards and the 2017 Helpmann for Best Cabaret Performer. Kim is currently creating compositions with Birri Gubba/Kungalu poet/singer Ancestress and creating the soundtrack to the Hot Brown Honey Revolution

Aamer Rahman is an Australian comedian and writer concerned with politics, race relations, and the War on Terror. He has performed sold-out shows at some of the world’s largest festivals, including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. Best known for his viral stand-up clips ‘Reverse Racism’ and ‘Is it OK to Punch Nazis?’ he is returning to the stage after a long hiatus from standup. Aamer Rahman's work is a 'spin off' of his New York film series "Can We Kick It?" but based in Melbourne, it features interviews with subjects: Gary Foley, Beverley Wang, and Nazeem Hussein.

Latai Taumoepeau is a Punake, body-centered performance artist; her story is of her homelands, the Island Kingdom of Tonga and her birthplace; the Eora Nation – Sydney, and everything far and in-between. She mimicked, trained and un-learned dance, in multiple institutions of knowledge, starting with her village, a suburban church hall, nightclubs and a university. Latai activates Indigenous philosophies and methodologies; cross-pollinating ancient practices of ceremony with her contemporary processes & performance work to re-interpret, re-generate and extend her movement practice and its function in and from Oceania. She engages in the socio-political landscape of Australia with sensibilities in race, class & the female body politic; committed to bringing the voice of marginalised communities to the frangipani-less foreground.

Rani Pramesti is a proud Chinese-Javanese-Indonesian woman living, working and learning on Kulin Country (Narrm, Melbourne). Like many in the performing arts, she wears many hats: as an independent performance maker, an intercultural producer and an advocate for the arts. Since graduating from the Victorian College of Arts in 2013, Rani has dedicated herself to collaborations with underrepresented groups in the performing arts, working intersectionally with culturally diverse practitioners, First Nations communities and people with lived experiences of disability. Throughout 2015-2016, as an Associate Producer at Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), Rani played a pivotal role in curating and delivering capacity building programs with diverse emerging producers, artists and facilitators. Throughout 2017-2018, Rani worked as a Youth Development Officer (Arts and Events) at the City of Maribyrnong’s Phoenix Youth Hub and was quickly promoted to Team Leader of Resources, Facility and Performing Arts. In 2019, Rani has been developing curated conversations with creatives of colour, commissioned by Diversity Arts Australia and delivering projects with Australia Council for the Arts’ Capacity Building program.

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