BIGSOUND announce #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and Henry Rollins as speakers
24.06.2021

BIGSOUND announce #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and Henry Rollins as speakers

(Source: BIGSOUND)
Words by Sam McNiece

Also announcing First Nations-led youth program.

Celebrating 20 years, BIGSOUND is a music industry event in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley which is the biggest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The festival has live music, keynote talks from big ticket musicians and industry professionals and has added a First Nations-led edition of their youth conference.

What you need to know:

  • BIGSOUND is happening this year 7-9 September and announced its first speakers.
  • Tarana Burke is a keynote speaker, she is a published author and creator of the #MeToo movement.
  • Punk icon Henry Rollins will also speak, best known for his work with Black Flag.

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“I’m looking forward to sharing my story at BIGSOUND in what has been a 25-year journey laying the groundwork for a movement that amplifies the voices of millions of survivors and addresses issues of respect, dignity, and power dynamics in schools, workplaces, communities, and politics,” said Tarana, named TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year and 100 Most Influential People of 2018

Tarana Burke is a published author whose work You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience which was released this year offers an insight into the #MeToo movement and delves into the intersection of sexual violence and racial justice.

Henry Rollins made a name for himself through the punk rock band Black Flag, being their longest serving vocalist. Since then, Rollins has released spoken word records, acted in a bunch of movies, hosted several radio shows and lead his Rollins Band. He is a force of social justice and an outspoken activist on a wide range of issues.

Speaking for the USA, Tarana and Rollins will deliver their speeches live through the web, and guests will be able to ask questions and weigh in on the matters they’re discussing.

New in 2021 for BIGSOUND is the Little BLAKSOUND, a First Nations-led edition of their biennial youth conference. This program is designed to elevate, celebrate and represent the voices and perspectives of current and up-and-coming First Nations artists and industry workers.

The three day event of music discovery, industry discussions and essential parties is on September 7-9 and early bird tickets are on sale now.

For more information head to the BIGSOUND website.