Teen Day

Before Broadside's public programme, on Friday 8 November, young people from public high schools and youth organisations across Melbourne will gather at the Wheeler Centre for Broadside Teen Day – a tailored day of free talks and workshops designed to inspire community and action.

It’s a space for young people, particularly those from marginalised communities, to come together to talk, to learn, listen and create, to develop their individual creative practice and make some collective noise.

For more information on Teen Day, please contact bec.kavanagh@wheelercentre.com. 



The Hidden Language

This year, year 11 student An Dang was named the Victorian finalist for the Plain English Speaking Awards. In her speech 'The Hidden Language', which celebrated Australia’s deaf community, she delivered a powerful call to practise the inclusivity we preach. Following her own advice, she became the first person to perform at the awards in spoken word and Australian sign language. She’ll present her winning speech in a special presentation at Broadside.

Rethinking Dance and the Body

Speaker: Amrita Hepi

Dancer and choreographer Amrita Hepi knows dancing isn’t just about movement – it’s about the connection between body, brain, tradition, and the multiple influences and stories that we shape.

Amrita will explore ideas of shame, irreverence and the ability for dance to alchemise different messages. A dance guardian angel of sorts, she’ll explore the pleasure that comes from being comfortable in yourself whilst moving.

Calling Out, Calling In

Panel: Dancer/choreographer Amrita Hepi, Raquel Willis, Santilla Chingaipe (host)

We get it, everyone messes up sometimes. You say the wrong thing or have a bad take. No big deal, right? Well it depends. Our words can have a huge impact on other people: causing pain, offence, confusion. You might feel ashamed if you’re called out online, or maybe you’re afraid to call someone else out. Is there a way to turn a calling out into a calling in? Journalist and documentary maker Santilla Chingaipe will join dancer, writer and activist Amrita Hepi and trans-activist and executive editor of Out magazine Raquel Willis to discuss how to create welcoming, respectful spaces where we can all have our say.

Tight Five

Workshop: Sisonke Msimang

Do you have something to say, but you’re just not quite sure how to say it? Moving your mouth to form the words is one thing, but is anyone going to listen? Holding someone’s attention for five minutes is harder than you think. 300 seconds sounds like an eternity, but can actually go by in a moment. In that window you need to edit out all your tangents, brain farts, and half-baked ideas to make sure your point gets through. Luckily writer Sisonke Msimang is on-hand to help you master a Tight Five. Trust us, nail this and you’ll be unstoppable.

Eco Feminist Long Table

Workshop: Evelyn Araluen

Climate change isn’t the issue of our generation; it’s the issue of our lifetime. So what are we going to do about it? Young people around the world are leading a new wave of activism and they need your help. Got something to say? Join poet and academic Evelyn Araluen for an eco feminist longtable; a collective chat where everyone is invited to share ideas, debate, and discuss the issues that matter most to them. At the end of the session our takeaways will be compiled into our own environmental manifesto, a statement that speaks to how we’re going to change the world.

To help inspire you, everybody who comes to Broadside Teen Day with receive a copy of teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg’s essay, 'The House Is On Fire'.

Decolonise Your Playlist, Decolonise Your Life

Workshop: Claire G. Coleman

Australia’s history of colonisation impacts every part of our lives. It shapes the way we talk, what our cities look like, and how we think about ourselves. So how do you fight something that’s everywhere? Writer Claire G. Coleman will tell you to begin in your own life. She’ll help us take a deeper look at the books we read, the music we listen to, and the art we love to ask, what is this really telling us about the world?

Friendship and Feminism

Michelle Law (host) in conversation with Aminatou Sow

Friends are the best. Yes, obvious statement, but it’s true! Forget all the gross clichés about women competing against each other. Our relationships are where we feel safest. They give us the space and confidence to grow, mess up, learn, and be better. They make us stronger. And when we’re strong, our feminism is strong. Aminatou Sow knows that – her friendship with Ann Friedman is the heart of their podcast Call Your Girlfriend. Aminatou’s bringing the good vibes to this session with Michelle Law, a writer for screen and stage whose work also celebrates friendship and feminism. Get ready for all the feelings.

In Conversation: Teen Feminist Activist

Karen Pickering (host) in conversation with Reni Louise-Permadi

Being an activist is tough. Being a young activist is really tough. While adults argue among themselves, young people are taking to the streets to fight for change and make things happen. That’s not to say you can’t make them listen though. Just look at the members of Fitzroy Feminist Collective (FFC): their grassroots activism is reshaping their school, community, and the wider culture. Reni Louise-Permadi from FFC joins feminist organiser Karen Pickering to talk about how to speak up and make people pay attention.

The Price of Shame: Monica Lewinsky (screening)

In her viral talk, 'The Price of Shame', Monica Lewinsky says that 'public shaming as a blood sport has to stop'. She’d know, having made it through her own experiences of brutal public judgment. Now she wants us all to be safer and more compassionate online, warning that the impact of our tweets, comments, and messages can last a lifetime. Join us for this screening and reflect on how empathy can make the internet a better place for everyone.

Creative Spaces

Drop by our creative spaces and hang out with our Broadside guests for a chat, some inspiration or even to learn a new skill. You’re welcome to use the area as you wish and get into it as much or as little as you like.

Secret Soapbox with Aminatou Sow

Podcast host Aminatou Sow invites you to drop by her booth and record yourself anonymously answering three questions on subjects like friendship, feminism, and fear. Your answers will be compiled together for a special podcast episode released after the festival. To take part, all you need to do is come say hi!

Feminist Post Office with Karen Pickering

Take a break from the action to drop by our letter writing station, where feminist organiser Karen Pickering will be on hand to offer prompts and support to help you make your way through. Letters will be shared after the event for everyone to read and enjoy.

D.I.Y. Zines with Eloise Grills

Love to make zines, or keen to learn how? Illustrator Eloise Grills in on board to share tips, advice and templates to help you commit all your amazing visual ideas to paper.

Blackout Poetry with Denise Chapman

A blackout poem is like a sculpture. You begin with a slab and carve away parts until only the pieces you want remain. Working with words and a marker as your tools, you take existing text (say, a newspaper article), and black out sections and sentences until a new, original work emerges. Come join spoken word artist Denise Chapman to collaborate on a series of blackout poems across the day.


The Wheeler Centre

Karen Pickering

Karen Pickering is a feminist writer, organiser, and speaker who co-authored About Bloody Time: The Menstrual Revolution We Have to Have and edited Doing it: Women Tell the Truth About Great Sex. She has co-founded several seminal feminist events, including Girls on Film Festival and SlutWalk Melbourne, and appears regularly across print, radio, television and at festivals.

Michelle Law

Michelle Law is an award-winning writer and actor working across print, film, television, and theatre. She’s the co-creator, co-writer and co-lead of the SBS series Homecoming Queens, and her play Single Asian Female had sell-out seasons around the country. Her writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and print publications. She’s currently working on an original feature film and several stage works.

Eloise Grills

Eloise Grills is an award-winning essayist, comics artist, critic, and poet. They’re a Sydney Review of Books Emerging Critics Fellow and were shortlisted for the 2019 Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction Prize. Their first poetry collection is If you’re sexy and you know it slap your hams, and they’re currently working on a book-length illustrated essay, big beautiful female theory.

Santilla Chingaipe

Santilla Chingaipe is a writer and producer who has created and hosted Australia’s first all day, anti-racism festival, Not Racist, But…. Her documentary credits include Date My Race, Black as Me and Third Culture Kids. She reports regularly for the Saturday Paper and is a member of the federal government’s advisory group on Australia-Africa relations.

Evelyn Araluen

Evelyn Araluen is a poet, educator, researcher working with Indigenous literatures at the University of Sydney. She was recently announced co-editor of Overland magazine.

Denise Chapman

Denise Chapman is a passionate digital media creator, spoken word artist and non-fiction writer who lectures at Monash University. Denise uses oral stories, children’s literature and interactive digital content to highlight social inequality and work towards social change.

Reni Louise-Permadi

Reni Louise-Permadi is an Australian-Indonesian feminist, activist, and creative. She has been part of the Fitzroy High School Feminist Collective since 2016. In 2019, Reni was involved in planning, running, and presenting at Your Voice, a conference for young feminists.

Amrita Hepi

Amrita Hepi is an award-winning First Nations choreographer and dancer from Bundjalung country (Australia) and Ngāpuhi (New Zealand) territories. Her work emcompasses film, performance, sculpture, text, and installation to explore memory, resistance, and intersectionality.

In 2018, she was the recipient of the People's Choice Award for the Keir Choreographic Award and was named one of Forbes Australasia's '30 under 30'. She’s spent much of this year touring her work across Australia, Europe, and North America.

An Dang

An Dang is a year 11 student from Melbourne, and the 2019 Victorian finalist for the Plain English Speaking Awards. Her acclaimed speech, 'The Hidden Language', called for greater inclusivity of the deaf community and was delivered in spoken word and Australian sign language (Auslan). An hopes this opportunity creates space for marginalised voices, and allows her to share her love of Auslan to connect with others.

Claire G. Coleman

Claire G. Coleman is a West Australian writer who identifies with the South Coast Noongar people. Her first book, Terra Nullius, was written while travelling the country in a caravan and inspired by her experiences on the road. It was shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize. Her follow up, The Old Lie, examines war, the past and perceptions of glory.

Aminatou Sow

Aminatou Sow is a writer, podcaster and co-founder of Tech LadyMafia. In 2014 she and best friend Ann Friedman launched Call Your Girlfriend, a podcast built around their weekly long-distance calls discussing politics, pop culture, and feminism. Aminatou’s commitment to women also lead to the establishment of Tech LadyMafia: a global support network for women working in and around the internet. Big Friendship, her memoir with Ann, will be released in 2020.

Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky’s writing and activism champion the need for digital resilience, compassion, and equality for women. Her talk, 'The Price of Shame', has been viewed over 12 million times, and her Vanity Fair essay, 'Shame and Survival', was nominated for a National Magazine Award. Both urge us to examine how we’re complicit in a culture of cruelty online, and advocate for the promotion of empathy in public life. She is a Contributing Editor of Vanity Fair and a producer on the new series of American Crime Story.

Raquel Willis

Raquel Willis is a writer, speaker and activist working across gender, race and intersectionality. Her work focuses on elevating marginalised individuals, particularly queer and transgender women of colour. Through her project Black Trans Circles, she creates healing spaces, incubates community organising efforts, addresses anti-trans violence, and gives individuals opportunities to grow and learn. She is currently the Executive Editor of Out magazine.