This article was originally published by All Together Now’s Managing Director in Online Opinion
The recent protest in Sydney by a small number of Muslims has provided another opportunity for social commentators to examine the pros and cons of multiculturalism in Australia.
It quickly became clear during the days following the recent Sydney protests that a small group of Muslims perpetrated the violent behaviour seen on 15 September. This lead some commentators to conclude that Australia has lost its unique path to successful multiculturalism.
“Why do audiences go to author readings and line up to get their books signed? How much proof do we need that authors can read and write?”
After sold-out comedy festival shows in Sydney and Melbourne, Jennifer Wong brings it back to where it all began: a love of books and writing.
The tiny country township of Bodgy Creek has seen better days: unable to find even one full side, the local footy club will have to fold or merge with their arch rivals, the Hudson’s Flat Redbacks. But prodigal son, coach Troy Carrington has other ideas; he embarks on a program to recruit asylum seekers as players. Will the new players cope with pre-season training while fasting for Ramadan?
The Merger is a clever and hilarious one man show by award-winning comedian Damian Callinan (Spicks and Specks, Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala, Skithouse). Presented by Seymour Centre, as part of Sydney Fringe 2012.
Thanks to our friends at Seymour Centre we’re giving away 2 double passes to see The Merger next Tuesday 18 September @ 7.30pm. To win, just email us your name and answer this question: “what is Ramadan?” We’ll let you know if you’re a winner this Friday!
We *love* Luka Lesson’s “Please Resist Me”. Luka told us that “Please Resist Me is a response to oppression in Australia. It is a call to empowerment for those constantly bombarded by reminders in Australia that different isn’t good enough.”
“With members from South Sudanese, Greek, Korean, Malaysian, Lebanese, Zimbabwean, Aboriginal and many more communities the video epitomizes the strength and resilience of Australians from all walks of life.
“Please Resist Me however is not angry, nor does it ostracise other other members of the community. Please Resist Me is a call to all who have felt marginalized in their lives, which is something we can all relate to on some level.”
– Luka Lesson
All Together Now is a major supporter of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s campaign to promote the prevention of racism in Australia.