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March 27

Visual Identity by Clitories (Rukaya Springle).

It’s on your streets. It’s on your screens. It’s a group of women, femmes and gender diverse artists of colour speaking back to the racist patriarchal nonsense they experience with fire, wit and imagination.

This is TAKEBACK!, a new multi-platform arts project examining and dismantling the racialised gaze.

Presented by MAV in collaboration with Darebin FUSE FestivalTAKEBACK! brings performers, visual artists, writers, theatre-makers, cabaret stars, poets, lyricists, videographers and filmmakers together to create a fierce, full-bodied response to the everyday aggression of patriarchy and white supremacy.

It comes to you in March 2021 with both live performances and digital content.

Sat 27 March 2021 |
6pm and 8.30pm (duration: 60 mins)

Main Hall, Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre
189 High Street, Northcote, VIC 3070

Accessibility: Auslan Interpreted, Wheelchair Access.

FREE Event. Bookings required. (SOLD OUT)

There will be digital content available to view, so more people can experience TAKEBACK!
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We know that women, femmes and gender-diverse people of colour often experience harassment, verbal abuse and intimidation in public spaces, both digital and physical.

Racism, sexism, ableism, transphobia and other ideologies of hate entwine to target our bodies, our lives, and our agency. It could be comments on our clothing or appearance, people getting up in our space, or online trolling and doxing. All of these are acts of aggression that aim to take away our right to be part of public discourse – to live out loud and in full colour. TAKEBACK! is a collective intervention taking it back.

TAKEBACK! is about reclaiming space, voice, visibility, and truth-telling.


MAV put out an open call for expressions of interest in TAKEBACK! in October 2020. We invited women, femmes and gender-diverse artists – young and old, trans and cis, with and without disability – to imagine what they would say or do if they could talk back at a perpetrator.

From 1 February 2021 the group will take workshops and build the show with a swag of accomplished WOC designers and directors. The artists will work together to produce a live and digital performance outcome in March 2021.


The group of artists in the program don’t share a single perspective. They have diverse identities, experiences, and outlooks; they work in various art forms.

We can’t wait to see what they’ll do.

TAKEBACK! Artists:

Angelita Biscotti
Ashleingh Black
Ashleyrose Gilham
Bexx Djentuh
Chichi Nwokocha
Gracieuse Amah
Jessica D’cruze
Joshinder Chaggar
Loz Sorono
Miss Cairo
Muma Doesa
Nel Mama Boho
Shantel Wetherall
Taga Barrio

TAKEBACK! Visual Identity designed by Clitories (Rukaya Springle).

TAKEBACK! Creative Team:
Direction: Candy Bowers
Stage Manager: Senuri Chandrani
Video Design, Direction and Choreography: Claudia Sangiorgi Dallimore
Lighting and AV Design: Emma Valente
Costume Design: Suzan Dlouhy (SZN The Label)
Music and Sound Design: DJ MzRizk
Set Design: Bianca Pardo
Movement Workshop Facilitator: Yumi Umiumare
Performance Workshop Facilitator: Sapidah Kian
Runway/ Catwalk Workshop Facilitator: Kiki Devine
Documentary Filmmaker: Maylei Hunt
Copywriter: Jinghua Qian

TAKEBACK! Advisory Support Group:
Mama Alto, Neda Rahmani, Yumi Umiumare and Hyra Usman.

MAV Team
CEO: Veronica Pardo
Producer: Candy Bowers
Marketing and Communications: Sneha Varma
Administration, Photography and Design: Deshani Berhardt

TAKEBACK! is presented by MAV in collaboration with Darebin Council for FUSE Festival.

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