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Below The Surface – When Black Meets White with Lydia Tesema and Panel

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The second magazine from ‘Below the Surface’, When Black Meets White explored identity, race-relations and lived experiences at the height of the Black Lives Matter movements.

It prompted 12 African-heritage Australians from the Victorian community to unpack what happens when they exist and function in predominantly white spaces.

Join us for a thought provoking panel discussion facilitated by Lydia Tesema with young Melbourne writers and creatives, Ivy MutukuNoah DaCostaWinniy Manyang and Abdul Yusuf.

Lydia is an Australian-born, Ethiopian radio presenter, host, multidisciplinary creative, community developer, founder and editor of 'Below The Surface' magazine.

Ivy is a Kenyan born, Melbourne photographer and filmmaker with a fire for visual storytelling.

Noah is a radio presenter, videographer, writer and creator of the platform Bourne & Bred.

Winniy is a South Sudanese-Australian woman, who migrated to Australia as a child and now works as a community support worker, youth advocate and model/ content creator.

Abdul is a Somali born, Melbourne cinematographer and photographer, shooting street photography and portraiture, as well as emerging artists from the African diaspora.


Visit brimbanklibraries.vic.gov.au/writersfestival to check out the exciting program and book your place today!


The decision to move the festival online was taken following the recent circuit breaker lockdown.

Next Session

Sun 20 Jun,
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Fees & Sessions

No charge

1 Session

All Session Dates:
Sun 20 Jun



Registration Required

Visit brimbanklibraries.vic.gov.au/writersfestival to book your place