Bringing the world home

Hyperlocal, decolonial, diasporic, idiosyncratic – how Australia’s international arts programming is changing.
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Candy Bowers as One and Nancy Denis as Ursula in One the Bear. In the current season at Arts Centre Melbourne, Ursula is played by Ashleyrose Gilham. Photo: Hana Schlesinger.

‘When was the last time you saw two black women as best friends in a play?’ asks actor and activist Candy Bowers.

‘It seems like a fucking simple concept, right, but that does not happen on our stages, and certainly not written and directed and created by black women, right?’

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Jinghua Qian
About the Author
Jinghua Qian (they/them) is a Shanghainese writer, poet and provocateur living in the Kulin nations. Their work has appeared on stages, pages and airwaves including Melbourne Writers’ Festival, SBS, Popula, Overland and The Guardian. Formerly the Head of News at Sixth Tone, an English-language media outlet based in Shanghai, and a broadcaster with 3CR Community Radio’s Queering the Air, Jinghua currently serves on the board of Asian-Australian arts and culture magazine, Peril. Twitter: @qianjinghua LinkedIn: qianjinghua