After a year of COVID shaking up our arts and music industry it is sweet music to our ears to hear that The Southern Hemisphere’s biggest music gathering held in Brisbane, BIGSOUND is preparing to shake things up! Making big moves from the 7-9 September, with a program set to change the future of the music industry, SheSociety can’t wait to have the hustle and bustle of live music and the music industry back on its feet!
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this September, BIGSOUND 2021 will not only retain its position as the biggest industry event and celebration of new music this side of the equator but will once again dive headfirst into the most pressing issues affecting music today.
SheSociety were really excited to see the inclusion of inspirational #MeToo founder, Tarana Burke as a keynote speaker. Tarana, whose latest work is etched in You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience, a book written collaboratively with Brené Brown, offers a game-changing insight into the global #MeToo movement and a unique perspective into the intersection of sexual violence and racial justice.
“I’m looking forward to sharing my story at BIGSOUND in what has been a 25-year journey laying the groundwork for a movement that amplifies the voices of millions of survivors and addresses issues of respect, dignity, and power dynamics in schools, workplaces, communities, and politics,” said Tarana, named TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year and 100 Most Influential People of 2018. A powerhouse of a woman who is set to crack the tonne of what will be an important BIGSOUND in its 20th year!
This year, the BIGSOUND Conference will pick up where countless important keynote speakers and panelists left off; from the then Pitchfork Editor Jessica Hopper’s powerful 2015 speech, which asked “Why do women feel like they don’t belong here?”, to Tina Arena’s compelling discussion about gender bias in 2017 and Moju’s 2019 address on racism and bullying.
2021 also welcomes an exciting First Nations-led edition of BIGSOUND’s biennial youth conference, this year named Little BLAKSOUND, presented by Digi Youth Arts (DYA), Queensland’s only Indigenous youth arts organisation, and QMusic.
To be held on Monday 6 September, Little BLAKSOUND co-curators Sycco, Jem Cassar-Daley,
DOBBY, and Loki Liddle will be mentored by BIGSOUND First Nations Programmer and Producer, Alethea Beetson, to elevate, celebrate and represent the voices and perspectives of current and up-and-coming First Nations artists and industry workers.
Through thought-provoking panel discussions and hands-on workshops, Little BLAKSOUND invites the music industry to listen and explore how the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural and arts leaders can be placed at the forefront of industry conversations.
World-renowned for hosting three days of music discovery, industry-leading discussions, and the most anticipated must-attend parties on the music event calendar, BIGSOUND makes its return in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley to reunite the industry’s greatest names, future stars, and music fans, all in one place.
For further information and to purchase early bird tickets head across to – https://www.bigsound.org.au
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