A two day conference at the Brunswick Mechanics Institute

March 28 & 29, 2020

Click here for first round tickets to LISTEN LISTEN 2020

LISTEN LISTEN 2020 is a community-strengthening grassroots conference event covering critical issues in Australian music and beyond. Two days of local and international keynotes, ‘in conversation’ talks, roundtable discussions, and workshops. LISTEN LISTEN 2020 aims to spark reflection, strengthen learning and growth across communities, and inspire action in Australian music.

This year’s conference pairs local and international keynote speakers with other artists and industry professionals for unique ‘in conversation’ sessions.

Keynote speakers include:

Yamatji & Gumbaynggirri soul singer/songwriter Emma Donovan in conversation with Rachael Hocking (NITV, Still Here)

Philadelphia-based DJ and producer DJ Haram (Discwoman) in conversation with racial and econmonic justice campaigner Roj Amedi

London-based DJ and producer object blue in conversation with DJ and producer Jennifer Loveless

Central Arrernte woman, social anthropologist and Indigenous studies lecturer Dr Suzi Hutchings

Roundtable discussion topics:

Intergenerational music practice

Youth-led music

Parenting in music

Activism in the club

Workshops with partner organisations:

Liminal Magazine

Sound School

Plus much more to be announced…

Weekend pass tickets available here

Accessibility information

  • The Brunswick Mechanics Institute is fully wheelchair accessible.
  • The venue has wheelchair accessible, all gender toilets.
  • There are 2 x wheelchair accessible parking spaces located at the corner of David St and Glenlyon Rd.
  • The venue has a concrete entrance a few metres from the footpath.
  • Door entries throughout the venue are non-automatic doors, though doors will be open prior to sessions commencing.
  • Doors are all at least 1012mm wide.
  • The venue is all on one level.
  • Flooring in the venue is either timber or painted black concrete.
  • Companion card holders and guide dogs are welcome at the event.
  • The event will have two low stimulation break out spaces, one indoor and one outdoor (smokers area).
  • The venue is well lit with natural light.
  • No smoke machines or lighting effects will be used.
  • There is a tram stop directly outside the venue, and the closest train station is Brunswick station, 800m away.
  • There will be free child minding support at the venue for the duration of the conference.
  • Click here for more accessibility information from the venue.

Sponsors of the LISTEN 2020 Conference include

Past conferences

See more information about 2016 here, and 2015 here.

The LISTEN Conference is a key event for the organisation which aims to create discussion around and highlight key issues for marginalised groups within the Australian music/arts industries.

If you would like to get involved with organising the next LISTEN Conference, please get in touch!