Performance dates & times

Indigenous Futurism
Wednesday 23 October
4:00 PM
Beyond Access
Thursday 24 October
4:00 PM
Transcending Gender
Friday 25 October
4:00 PM
Young People as Agents of Change
Saturday 26 October
4:00 PM

Running Time 60 minutes (no interval)

Price range

FREE - ticketed
This event is part of Future Echoes, a festival highlighting young voices, new narratives and works in progress at Arts Centre Melbourne. We invite you to join us for four days to experience, contemplate, participate, celebrate and connect with the next generation of creative thinkers and performance makers. Discounts apply when booking tickets to multiple events.

Alternative ways of seeing, being and doing are vital in imagining and building the future.

Critical Conversations brings the future into the present, centring Indigenous voices, looking beyond access, transcending gender and placing artists at the centre of social change. Join us for a daily conversation series exploring the futures imagined by emerging thinkers and creatives.

Reimagine reality with Indigenous Futurism, a panel exploring perspectives of the future, informed by the past and present. Reframe discussions about access with Beyond Access, a look at the way we interact with the arts, inclusive practices and the world around us. Refocus on experiences and expressions of gender in Transcending Gender, a journey into performance and community beyond the confines of binaries. Recentre young people and the future in Young People as Agents of Change, a look into arts activism and the young creatives making use of both to inspire action and their justice-informed practices.

Curated in partnership with Emerging Writers’ Festival to provoke thought, imagination and action. Critical Conversations invites you to engage daily with the arts, the world, the present and the future.


INDIGENOUS FUTURISM - Wednesday 23 Oct
Reimagine reality and contemplate perspectives of the future, informed by the past and present. With Bridget Caldwell and Savanna Kruger


BEYOND ACCESS - Thursday 24 Oct
Reframe discussions about access and consider the way we interact with the arts, inclusive practices and the world around us. With Jessica Ibacache, Hannah Morphy-Walsh and Jo Dunbar


TRANSCENDING GENDER - Friday 25 Oct
Refocus on experiences and expressions of gender and take a journey into performance and community beyond the confines of binaries. With Mama Alto, Casper Plum and Dani Weber


YOUNG PEOPLE AS AGENTS OF CHANGE - Saturday 26 Oct
Recentre the future by taking a look into arts, activism and the young creatives using both to inspire action in their justice-informed practices. With Idil Ali, Joshua Allen and Georgia Mae


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Emerging Writers Festival

Artistic Director
Izzy Roberts-Orr
Executive Director
Alice Muhling
Associate Producer
Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh
Program Producer
Linh Nguyen

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