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A FREE workshop looking at the power of music & songwriting to inspire change

10 Feb

PIAF Connect and WAM present MUSIC AS ACTIVISM, a FREE workshop looking at the power of music & songwriting to inspire change!

more-info-2DATE: Friday 24 February, 12-2pm

VENUE: The Bird, Northbridge (18+)

TICKET PRICES: FREE – Need to email Claire Hodgson at by COB Thurs 23 February

FEAT: L-Fresh the Lion (Sydney), Lucy Peach and moderated by Paul Van Lieshout Hunt (RTRFM)

PLUS: FREE DOUBLE PASSES to L-Fresh The Lion’s PIAF show that night at Chevron Festival Gardens, Elizabeth Quay, 8pm Friday 24 February (with Aristophanes & KUCKA – more info here) will be distributed to first 30 RSVPed workshop attendees!

With animosity, division and disillusionment rife in the current global social, cultural and political climate, never has it been more important to make your voice heard. Music has long been a vital vehicle for activism and a means to communicate powerful messages to much larger audiences. If you are a songwriter – or even just a fan – with an interest in activism, this workshop discussing the role of Music As Activism is unmissable.

The workshop will be headed by the following panellists: L-Fresh The Lion (SYD) – an active community member and ambassador for All Together Now who works tirelessly to raise awareness through his music on social justice issues such as racial profiling; Lucy Peach – a multi-WAMAwards winner, sexual health educator and advocate for feminism; and moderated by Paul Van Lieshout Hunt – a community broadcaster and LGBTQI activist, whose weekly RTRFM mornings program covers current affairs, arts and topical issues.

The session will be focussing on defining music’s role in activism from a songwriter’s perspective, designed not only to create more meaningful songwriting, but also to inspire songwriters to create powerful changes in people’s beliefs and actions. We will be assessing the themes and stories within panellists L-Fresh The Lion and Lucy Peach’s work, the challenges and benefits in how they promote it, their approach to songwriting and storytelling, and how they manage to use these passions to create strong brands as artists. The panellists will be advising songwriters how to incorporate political, social and cultural messages into their music, and how to maximise the effective communication of these, and the opportunities that can be created.

Now more than ever is the time to incite positive political, social, and cultural change and this workshop will equip you with the tools and the creative inspiration to do so, and help make a difference through music, and all for FREE when RSVPing! Plus FREE DOUBLE PASSES to see L-Fresh later that night for the first 30 RSVPs to that arrive!





Fusing together inspiration from the late ‘90s US hip hop movement and his ancestral roots of the Sikhs from Punjab in India, comes an artist like no other: L-Fresh the Lion. The Western Sydney artist has become renowned for his powerful stage presence and thought-provoking lyrics, rising from underground community events to national tours and festivals in just a short amount of time. His most recent album, Become (2016), released on legendary hip hop label Elefant Traks, has already received high praise, the album also reaching #4 on the Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts. Leading the way of a new generation of hip hop artists, L-Fresh’s sound is fresh and full of energetic and direct narrative.


Now a multi-WAMAward winning artist, Peach’s 2011 debut EP Wax & Wane was welcomed with much acclaim and anticipation, sparking a period of extensive performing at Perth festivals including the Beaufort Street Festival and Hidden Treasures. Known for her “heart-warming songwriting,” winning the approval of artists such as Tim Finn and Abbe May, Lucy has toured internationally and performed alongside the likes of King Gizzard, Father John Misty and Julia Holt at Disconnect Festival. Lucy recently performed her piece ‘My Greatest Period Ever’, a new show at Fringe Festival dealing with menstruation, creativity and feminism. Lucy is currently working on new music to be released early 2017.


Paul van Lieshout Hunt is a community broadcaster on fave local radio station, RTRFM. His weekly mornings program focuses on current affairs, news, arts and topical issues. With five years experience in radio broadcasting, Paul also regularly voices commercials, documentaries and MCs local events. Paul is also a very active community member, volunteering his time for a variety of not for profits and charities, and a strong advocate for LGBTQI rights.




Claire Hodgson WAM Industry Development Officer

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WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lottery West, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.