Midsumma Festival: FAMILI
EP Launch - Neo Pasifika Sounds
FAMILI is a visual EP launch highlighting contemporary electronic music from Pasifika and First Nation communities. Fresh hip hop, new wave R&B, Oceanic musicality, words, and movement. Focusing on Oceanic, LGBTQIA+ and diaspora experiences, portraits and videos will be unveiled alongside a live performance of the collected works.
Curated by Ripley Kavara (aka Wahe), and featuring Lay the Mystic, Luscious, Kalala, Lonelspeck, Iki Finau, Bella Waru, Meleika Gesa, Fatafehi and Wahe.Kavara has been working with a suite of 20 musicians to produce the FAMILI EP, with this performance night being an EP launch and a celebration of featured artists. Ripley Kavara is a producer/vocalist born in Papua New Guinea and now based in Melbourne.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Respecting the Convent's past
This event takes place in the North Magdalen Laundry.
The Convent was inscribed on the National Heritage List in August 2017, with the Magdalen Laundry and asylum buildings recognised as an important physical record for those Australians and their families known as the Forgotten Australians. We recognise and honour the thousands of girls and women placed in care at the Convent, including those who laboured in the onsite Magdalen Laundry. The harm of institutionalisation and the trauma experienced by many residents is acknowledged as part of the Convent’s heritage. The Magdalen Laundry provides a space for artists, audiences and communities to experience new practices, narratives and histories, while respecting the heritage and social history of these spaces.