Media Release: Tarkine virtual arts and activism festival set to launch this Friday

Bob Brown Foundation will host a virtual arts and activism festival this weekend to highlight threats from logging, mining and Aboriginal heritage destruction in Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine and inspire action for protection of one of the world’s last wild places.

The Friday night opening gala event includes guest musicians:

Neil Murray, founding member of Warumpi Band, APRA Award winner and composer of the Australian classic 'My Island Home.'

Shane Howard, singer-songwriter and guitarist. Shane was the mainstay of folk rock group Goanna, known for their indigenous rights song 'Solid Rock.' Shane is an accomplished solo artist and environmental activist.

Adalita Srsen, solo artist and founding member of the rock band Magic Dirt. Adalita has been at the core of Australian independent music for decades. Adalita is a long term Bob Brown Foundation supporter and environmental activist.

Jim Moginie is a founding member of Midnight Oil as their guitarist, keyboardist and leading songwriter. Jim has worked and performed with many notable musicians from Australia and New Zealand, including Silverchair, Sarah Blasko, Neil Murray, Kasey Chambers and Neil Finn.

Spread across three days, the event will bring together international, national and local artists for a broad range of workshops, panel discussions, artist talks and film screenings.

Twenty-three panellists will join hundreds of people online to learn skills for using art in activism from a range of acclaimed artists from states all over Australia and Colorado, USA. More than 500 people are attending the online event from across Australia and around Tasmania.

“Art has always played a vital part in our campaigns, and so when our annual arts field project, Tarkine in Motion – Australia’s biggest environmental art event – was postponed this year due to COVID19, we transformed the event into an online festival of art for nature,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

“We are gathering artists to share their activism in defending planet Earth. This event provides an opportunity to discuss the role of art in our campaign to save takayna / Tarkine,” Jenny Weber said.

Panelists over the weekend range from local north west Tasmanian artists to award-winning artists in their field, including acclaimed author Favel Parrett, Tasmanian photographers Matthew Newton and Paul Hoelen, international photographer Bill Hatcher and local north west artists Laura Gillam, Zoe Grey and Tim Cooper, who have grown up in and around takayna / Tarkine.

“Using art for change is one way our Foundation campaigns for protection of takayna / Tarkine, showcasing the beauty, fragility and devastation of the place. Art records action and the brave hearts who commit their lives to defending takayna / Tarkine. We have shared takayna / Tarkine with thousands of people in exhibitions, films, books and advertising campaigns using art from Tarkine in Motion,” Jenny Weber said.

“Half a million hectares in takayna / Tarkine, including the largest temperate rainforest is Australia, many rare and endangered species and the National Heritage listed Aboriginal heritage landscape on the coast, urgently needs secure protection in a World Heritage listed National Park, returned to Aboriginal ownership,” Jenny Weber said.


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