Carnival of the Bold (upcoming Vivid Ideas Sydney event)

Carnival of the Bold, an arts for social change event, highlights international political cartoonist Zunar and Sydney Peace Prize 2015 Winner, George Gittoes (Filmmaker & Visual Artist) as part of Vivid Sydney 2016.

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Carnival of the Bold is back once again for Vivid Ideas, part of Vivid Sydney 2016, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. It aims to be an enabling force for social change – calling on artists to take leadership and for everyone to participate and live with greater humanity. It celebrates artists who have used their art to enrich our cultural diverse identity, explore shared values, spark imagination and empower communities. Through Carnival of the Bold, it aspires to find new ways, new ideas and new narratives that will shape our world and future.

MC Trey: Hip Hop Artist & Social Activist

George Gittoes: Visual Artist & Filmmaker                                                                                   Zunar: Malaysian Cartoonist
Bindi Cole Chocka: Artist, Writer & Curator
Abdul Abdullah: Visual Artist & Radio Host
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa: Spoken Word Artist

In 2011 and 2015, Human Rights Watch honored Zunar with its Hellman/Hammett Award. Zunar is the first full-time cartoonist to receive CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award. To Zunar, cartooning is not a gift but a responsibility. Zunar is now facing 9 charges under the Sedition Act which carries a maximum penalty of 43 years jail term.

Gittoes’ work has consistently expressed his social, political and humanitarian concern over injustice and conflict. George has captured conflicts around the world for the past 45 years and has mentored kids in Afghanistan since 2007. Among many prizes, Gittoes has twice been awarded the Blake Prize for Religious Art and in 2014, awarded the Sydney Peace Prize.

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Other artists presenting and performing on the night include MC Trey, an Australian Fijian hip hop artist, Bindi Cole Chocka, an Indigenous visual artist and curator, Abdul Abdullah, an up and coming visual artist, and Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, a Spoken Word artist who was recently featured in Australia’s Got Talent. A huge success at the Museum of Contemporary Art during VIVID 2015 last year, Carnival of the Bold promises yet another highly engaging and provoking night, this time at the Seymour Center, one of the arts most loved venues.

Social entrepreneurs, Kevin Bathman and Zara Choy have long felt that the arts holds an untapped power to strongly influence the world. Carnival of the Bold aims to inspire and awaken greater public consciousness to create deeper engagement with social causes, in alternative and more easily accessible ways – via the arts. Carnival for the Bold is interdisciplinary and inclusive of all artists such as theatre, music, film, dance, street performance and visual arts.


“Carnival of the Bold is first and foremost a spirit or philosophy that the arts can be a powerful enabling force for social change. It calls on artists to take leadership. And it calls on the world to participate”, says Kevin Bathman, who also co-founded Coalition of Mischief, a social enterprise providing community engagement campaigns for social, humanitarian, cultural and environmental causes.

Zara Choy explained that, “Artists bring interesting and unique perspectives to the mix, and engage audiences in new and different ways. Through Carnival of the Bold, together — whether an individual, not-for-profit, government or conscious business — we can find new ideas and new narratives that will shape our world and future.”

Celebrating Innovation and Imagination

Vivid Sydney is a festival of light, music and ideas – the largest of its kind in the world. From May 27 to June 18, 2016, the event will transform the Harbour City into a colourful creative canvas. Now in its eighth year, Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and features large-scale light installations and projections (Vivid Light); music performances and collaborations (Vivid Music including Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House); and creative ideas, discussion and debate (Vivid Ideas); all celebrating Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific region. For more information visit

Tickets are on sale for $25 at


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For further information and interview requests, please contact:

Kevin Bathman or Zara Choy

0404 962 992 (Kevin), 0402 883 929 (Zara)


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