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Them Heavy People: This City, That Decade

July 17


July 17, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Customs House Library
31 Alfred St
Circular Quay, NSW 2000 Australia
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Them Heavy People: This City, That Decade

See Sydney through the eyes of migrants and diverse residents. Over 3 nights, 9 storytellers will share their lives in Sydney over the last 40 years

Sydney in the 80s, Friday 9 July, 5.30-7pm

• Journalist Saleh Saqaaf arrives from Jordan in 1985.

• Jackie Nugara leaves behind a troubled past in Melbourne to find her new self in Sydney.

• Filmmaker Kate Vinen, always feeling like an outsider, discovers an undeniable love for pop.


Sydney in the 90s, Wednesday 14 July, 5.30-7pm

• Tomas Riddington wrestles with his identity as a migrant without a past.

• Writer-activist Priyanka unpacks her high school experiences of love, faith and skin.

• Deniz Agraz arrives from Turkey in 1997 as a teenager.

Sydney in the 00s, Saturday 17 July, 2-3.30pm


• Classical Indian dancer Hamsa Venkat steps into Sydney with her family.

• DJ Ayebatonye searches to embrace her authentic self, amidst preconceived notions of who she should be.

• Pavel Solair has an epiphany in a park: does he stay or leave Sydney?

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