• Backstage Pass
    • Sunday 20 June

Speakers - Backstage PassMentor
Hip Hop workshop

Matthew Priestley

Matthew Priestley (Boggabilla, NSW) has a long history of working with both contemporary and traditional indigenous media. Matt was principal artist of CCD organisation ‘BigHart' (1989-99) and AFI laureate for his short film ‘Hurt' in 1991. acclaimed in both the indigenous and non-indigenous arts industry as a traditional and visual artist, he works across media platforms to communicate a powerful message of indigenous cultural sustainability and development.

Desert Pea Media is an indigenous community arts organisation working in Aboriginal communities around Australia.Toby Finlayson and Matthew Priestley deliver their acclaimed hip hop literacy program at the 2010 APRA Song Summit. The program involves a unique 'peer to peer' mentoring program with young people from all backgrounds, where participants write and record their own hip hop track, telling the story of their collective experience.

Limited to 15 places, this program mentors young people to tell a common story using the language of hip hop and rhyme to advocate awareness of youth social issues. The song will be recorded and presented on stage at the end of the festival in Darling Harbour.

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Matthew Priestley

Matthew Priestley