Radical Hospitality

The radical power of sharing food brings us together. Across tables we pass plates, share knowledge, stories and laughter. Launched in 2022, Radical Hospitality invites you to converge, connect and spark new encounters with artists, thinkers, innovators, friends and neighbours in Merri-bek and beyond. Each iteration is held in collaboration with various artist/producer/community organiser.

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Thu 17 Mar, Brunswick Mechanics

Radical Hospitality: Radical Hospitality: We Eatin’ Good + GRUEL offered a moment to converge, connect and spark new encounters with artists, thinkers, innovators, friends and neighbours in Merri-bek.

Wear a good shirt, bring your appetite and get set for some real old-school hospitality.
For our very first iteration of Radical Hospitality we’re joined by our friends We Eatin’ Good! (pictured) and GRUEL.

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Fri 21 Oct, Wadawurrung Country

Our second iteration of Radical Hospitality saw our Producers in Residence take the reigns with Platforming Community 1 produced by Tarryn Love and involved a conversation, and music in a collaboration between Next Wave x Platform Arts.

The night included a Welcome to Country by Wadawurrung Traditional Owner Nikki McKenzie, alongside a panel discussion, music and food. This event featured an all-First Nation panel yarning about about what it means to Platform for Community.

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Sat 5 Nov, Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Country

Radical Hospitality: Platforming Community 2, was curated by Producer in Residence MaggZ and intended to centre immigrants’ experience by bringing together QPOC makers and artists, offering an invitation to converse and exchange the relationship between culture and art practice in the context of Naarm through the lens of present and future.

This event featured a performance by Nonoy Cisco and Trace, a discussion panel facilitated by Jurnma, in conversation with Andy Kuramoto, Jennifer Ma, Marisa Mu & Shin, concluded with open dance jams and cyphers with DJ Mothafunk.

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Fri 18 Nov, 6-9pm, Migrant Coffee

Producer in Residence Leigh Lule curated the final rendition of our series, Radical Hospitality - Platforming for Community!

This event featured a panel featuring Candy Bowers, Mariam Koslay, and Amarachi Okorom as they unpack what it means to ‘platform’ for their respective communities.

All ticket sales went towards AMES Australia branches in Werribee, St Albans and Footscray. AMES Australia provides language classes, employment services, community engagement and settlement support to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers across Country.

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Fri 28 Oct, Trades Hall

Our friends We Eatin’ Good return for their second iteration of Radical Hospitality. Join us for a curated feast featuring Rio Withall and Baongoc Brunswick plus visual artists.

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Sat 11 Mar, Brunswick Mechanics

Through a unique 8-hour event, Kain Na Tayo! works with artists, chefs, musicians, and storytellers to guide audiences through a series of installations and performances, illustrating the ingenuity of Filipino food culture.

Families are invited to gather round for merienda as father-daughter duo and acclaimed actors Alfred and Charlotte Nicdao present children’s storytime, reading from ‘I fear for my books’, a Filipinx library collection curated by Saluhan and Arts Gen. Filipino-Iranian artist Aida Azin will work with young people to create cute artworks using mixed materials, inspired by food packaging of the Philippines.

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Radical Hospitality is supported by Next Wave, Merri-bek city council through Arts Merri-bek & VicHealth through their Future Healthy initiatives.

Learn more about our Producer in Residence program.

  1. Image: Radical Hospitality - We Eatin’ Good, Brunswick Mechanics. Photo: Mae Hatrick (2022)

  2. Image by Leiko Lopez. ‘Still Here, Now’ closing night at Platform Arts. 2022.

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