Fri 10 Dec 2010 to Sat 11 Dec 2010

Friday 10th December, 1pm - 4pm
Signal Youth Space (Behind Flinders St Station, Flinders Walk Northbank)

Rights at the Round Table is a youth forum, held on International Human Rights Day. The forum will address issues that affect us here in Australia: human rights of the First Australians, of newly arrived refugees and of women.

The forum will be hosted by Khaled Abdulwahab (Diafrix) and feature two key youth speakers: Tyrone Bean of Australia’s First Nations and Emmanuel Majok, a newly arrived African Australian.

Guest speakers are Robbie Thorpe: Black GST elder, activist and the man behind the phrase “White Australia has a Black History”, addressing rights of the First Australians.

Akoch Manheim, founder of the Sudanese Lost Boys Association of Australia and survivor among the “lost boys” of Sudan, which is a term that refers to more than 27,000 children, mostly boys who were displaced and/or orphaned during the second Sudanese civil war of 1983-2005. Akoch will be addressing the rights of refugees and new citizens.

Dr Diane Sisely is the inaugural Director of the Australian Centre for Human Rights and lead the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission from 1994 – 2004 which in turn led to the introduction of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities in 2006. Dr Sisley will be addressing the rights of women and the application of human rights in everyday life.

Although Australia has been a country that has actively supported world forums advocating human rights, Australia is still the only Western country without a bill of rights.

Following on from the main agendas discussed, the group will work together to draw up their own bill of rights and this will be sent to the Australian Government for recognition.

Massive hip hop choir will perform to close the forum. This is a free event.

Saturday 11th December, 5pm - 9pm
Outdoors near Signal Youth Space (Behind Flinders St Station, Flinders Walk Northbank)

Rights by the River is a FREE music festival held on the urban north bank of the Yarra River. With a shining showcase of local hip hop and krump acts, we celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity and make a big noise for human rights.

Rights by the River will be hosted by MC One Sixth and young comedian Nyuol Bol. Krump sensations Royal Fam of Grrilla Step will kick off the event with a krump workshop from 5pm open to all, accompanied by Mz Rizk on the decks. Hip hop and krump performances will take us into the warm summer evening featuring:

DJ Mz Rizk, Believe in the Beat, Cornerstone, MASSIVE hip hop choir, Choi feat Angeezy, Culture Connect and Grrilla Step with Albert David.

Featuring cultural collaborations from the First Australians, Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue, Ethiopia, Sudan, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Haiti, the Caribbean, Chile and Anglo Australia.

All B-Boy’s, B-Girls, breakers, krumpers, open invite to come nice up the dance and show us what you got.