Cultural Forum: The New Normal

Wednesday 08 September 2021

In our next Cultural Forum, we discuss the "new" normal and possibilities for renewal in the future with a panel of local change-makers: Santilla Chingaipe (award-winning journalist, filmmaker and author), Clare Parry (certified Passivhaus designer and sustainability manager at Development Victoria) and Jade Sarita Arnott (founder and designer of Arnsdorf).

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About the speakers:
Santilla Chingaipe is a journalist, filmmaker and author whose work explores migration, cultural identities and politics. Chingaipe is a regular contributor to The Saturday Paper, and serves as a member of the Federal Government’s Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations (AGAAR). The recipient of several awards, she was recognised at the United Nations as one of the most influential people of African descent in the world in 2019. Her first book of non-fiction detailing the untold stories of African convicts is forthcoming, and a documentary based on the book Our African Roots will air on SBS later in 2021.

Clare Parry works as a sustainability manager for development Victoria and is passionate about improving health, comfort and low-carbon outcomes for our built environment. Growing up in north-west Tasmania, Clare was always taught to see the beauty and wonder of nature, as well as to never do things by halves. Combine those two with endless curiosity and optimism, Clare is always looking for better ways to do things.

Jade Sarita Arnott is the founder and designer of Arnsdorf, a modern fashion brand that is a B-Corp, has Ethical Clothing Certification and is working to bring about a new level of accountability to the industry through its approach to transparency and focus on circular and regenerative solutions. Arnsdorf is produced locally in its own factory in Collingwood and has a retail store in Fitzroy. Prior to the brand’s relaunch, Jade was located in New York, showing annually at Sydney Fashion Week, showing her collections in Paris and New York and was stocked in over fifty stores globally. She gave it all up in 2012 in response to the state of the industry, but has returned with a new approach to design and transparency.

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Date and time:
6.30pm - 7.30pm
Wednesday 08 September 2021

Online - Zoom