LISTEN Conference 2016: Feminist Futures was a three-day feminist music conference featuring keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops and live performances. Writer and feminist activist Clementine Ford, performer and feminist Coco Solid (NZ) and performer and activist Alok Vaid-Menon of Darkmatter (USA) served as keynotes!
Anna Whitelaw / Antonia Sellbach / Anwen Crawford / Bec Rigby / Bethany Atkinson-Quinton / Bexx Djentuh / Brooke Powers / Caroline Kennedy / Catherine Strong / Celeste Liddle / Celeste Potter / Chloe Turner / Christina Tester / Daisy Catterall / Dawn Iris Dangkomen / Elizabeth Mitchell / Ella Thompson / Elspeth Scrine / Em Gayfer / Emah Fox / Evelyn Ida Morris / Fjorn Butler / Geryon / Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen / Grace Kindellan / Helen Marcou / Holly Ditchfield / Indigo King (Young Women’s Music Program) / Jacinta Parsons / Jack Mannix / Juliette Younger / June Jones / Kt spit / Kate Dillon / Kate Pern / Katie Pearson / Kelli Jean Drinkwater / Lady Banton / Max Scott (Queering the Air) / Mladen Lalić Milinković / MzRizk / Namila Benson / Nevo Zisin / Nkechi Anele / Raquel Solier / Ruby Watson (Girls Rock! Melbourne) / Sebastian Sibelle / Simona Castricum / Sovereign Trax / Still Nomads / Tanith Davidson / Thanh Hằng Phạm / Trixie Darko / Wahe / Zan Rowe
Kirsty Rivers / Lara Soulio / Maquarie Fletcher
There were three nights of music and performance showcases during the conference weekend:
- Friday Live Showcase featuring Ouch My Face, The Pink Tiles, Wet Lips, Hi-Tec Emotions and Crystal Myth.
- Saturday Showcase featuring Wahe, Bahdoesa, Netti, and DJs Sovereign Trax and Brooke Powers.
- Sunday Showcase featuring Alok Vaid-Menon (Darkmatter) and Dawn Iris, as well as performances by Astrid&, Callan and Sarah Mary Chadwick.
Now in its second year, the LISTEN Conference provided a unique opportunity to engage in constructive discussion on ideas relating to gender, feminism, creativity, intersections within communities, writing, performance and more. The 2016 Conference provided a platform to reflect on new ways to nurture diversity and creativity and continue to enquire into Melbourne’s world-renowned music community.
This year’s panels covered issues ranging from artists’ ongoing relationships to music making, the pros and cons of ‘call out culture’, race and sexism in music, gender binaries in music and art and much much more.
With a focus on inclusivity, LISTEN Conference featured affordable ticket prices with a variety of options as well as Auslan interpreting, childcare services, and disability access. 10% of ticket sales were donated to Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance – WAR and Sisters & Brothers.
– This event took place on stolen lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to elders past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded –
This project is supported by the City of Melbourne 2016 Arts Grants Program and Creative Victoria’s Music Works Grants Program.