FLASH MOB: in solidarity with Adam Goodes

August 15 / 164

Richard Franklin leads war dance to fight racism
Richard Franklin leads war dance to fight racism

 

Students and staff from the University joined Indigenous community groups last week for a flash mob at Federation Square in support for AFL footballer Adam Goodes.

 

Led by Richard Frankland, Head of Curriculum and Programs at the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, the mob performed a war dance to "fight racism" and create an Australia we can all call home.

 

Mr Frankland said he was overwhelmed by the interest to participate in the expression of solidarity after conceiving the idea late the week before.

 

“I have often said: when you have art you have freedom, when you have freedom you have power, and when you have power you have responsibility.  That sentiment is reflected here today in a way that is truly inspiring and significant,” he said.

 

Professor Su Baker, Director of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), said the staff and students involved in the expression of solidarity reflected the University’s commitment to being a community leader in tackling racism.

 

“I am very pleased and proud to see such a wide cross-section of the University community participating in this act of support and using art in such a powerful form of genuine expression,” she said.

Story by Louise Bennet

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