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FBi Radio presents Race Matters live

Darling Square Library
Darling Square Library
Levels 1 and 2, The Exchange, 1 Little Pier Street, Haymarket NSW 2000

Saturday 25 March from 2pm to 3pm

Independent youth radio station FBi Radio presents a special live recording of their weekly show Race Matters.

Race Matters is a show on FBi Radio 94.5 that explores the values and complexities of navigating race, culture, and identity in the world. Hosts Darren Lesaguis and producer Shareeka Helaluddin invite you to their first-ever live broadcast: Imagination as Practice.

They'll be joined by activist, writer and curator of Queer+Black+Pride Latoya Rule; rapper and ballroom Australia icon Jamaica Moana; and artist-educator Nicole Barakat.

Race Matters is by and for First Nations people and people of colour. Expect an hour of deep and dreamy conversation about moving towards radical hope and connection. 

Key topics:

  • What role does art have in inciting social change?

  • How can we understand creativity not just as an expression, but as a tool of survival and hope?

  • How can alternative ways of making and connecting be an antidote to oppression?

  • What are the strategies of First Nations and people of colour making art in these social climates?

Join Race Matters in conversation with artists, activists and community builders as they think through these questions and beyond.

Artwork generously donated by TextaQueen 

Latoya Aroha Rule (they/ them) is a Takatāpui (Queer) & non-binary person who descends from Wiradjuri & Te Ātiawa peoples. Latoya grew up on Kaurna Country, Adelaide and in 2021 they moved to Gadigal Land where they study and work as a PhD Candidate & Research Associate at Jumbunna Institute, University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Since the 2016 death in custody of their brother Wayne Fella Morrison they have established the National ban spit hoods Coalition. They recently curated the Queer+Black+Pride exhibition as part of UTS Arts.

Jamaica Moana is a rapper, creative director, songwriter of Māori (Ngāpuhi/Tainui) and Samoan descent, who identifies as non-binary. She is a leader and resident commentator of the Aus ballroom community. Has collab'd with Stereogamous, supported Junglepussy & Ngaiire, co-founded The West Ball, and gave a TEDx talk in '21.

Nicole Barakat is a Kfarsghabi, Lebanese artist living on the lands and waters of the Wangal People. She works with deep listening and intuitive processes with intentions to transform the conditions of everyday life. Her artwork engages unconventional approaches to art-making, creating intricate works that embody the love and patience characteristic of traditional textile practices. Her works include hand-stitched and hand-cut cloth and paper drawings, sculptural forms made with her own hair, cloth and plant materials as well as live work where she uses her voice as a material.

Darren Lesaguis is the Program Director at FBi Radio. He took on the role in 2022 after 7 years working at independent record label Remote Control where he was Streaming Accounts Manager. He has volunteered at the station since 2014 in both broadcast and production, having hosted Wednesday Arvos for 6 years, and currently hosting Race Matters. He has also broadcasted on triple j, guest hosted on NTS, appeared on ABC's The Mix, and has MCd various music industry panels and events.

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