I'm Not Racist, But...

Come join us on Friday February 23rd 2024 for this year’s iteration of I’m Not Racist But!

Where: The Holroyd Centre, 11-17 Miller St, Merrylands NSW 2160

Time: 7pm – 9pm


Reconciliation NSW’s signature event returns this year, bigger and better than ever. Joining forces with the Western Sydney Community Forum, I’m Not Racist, But … will be the closing event of the WALU Anti-Racism Week at the Holroyd Centre.

I’m Not Racist, But … started as an open, interactive conversation about racism in Australia in 2012. Since then, it has evolved into a comedy and poetry night, showcasing some of this country’s finest young comedians, musical performers, and poets, as they tackle conversations around racism, bigotry, and equity. This year, I’m Not Racist, But … will feature First Nations comedians and entertainers Dane Simpson, Leon Filewood and Hamani Tanginoa, as well as rising stars of the slam poetry circuit.

In the wake of the 2023 Referendum, the need for Anti Racism education and awareness is clear. Creating opportunities to bring people together to have inclusive conversations regarding racism in Australia is a key focus for the reconciliation movement, and I’m Not Racist, But… does this in an approachable and thought-provoking way.

This popular event from Reconciliation NSW has regularly been presented in partnership with the creative community in various Sydney venues.

Its always a fun night out where participants are informed, entertained and challenged.

Talented Australian performers use humour, satire,  music and conversation to breakthrough barriers and speak the truth about colour-blindness, white-privilege and race relation in Australia

Previous I’m Not Racist But… (INRB) Events:

2022  INRB  –  Irreverent comedy by Dane Simpson, Leon Filewood & Tina A. Zaman, drag queen bingo and a gameshow with our fabulous MC Ms Tyra Bankstown, plus great music with DJ Dimulji was part of Vivid Festival Sydney, held at the Great Hall, UTS.

2019 INRB – Luke Carroll, David Woodhead, Steph Tisdell, Dane Simpson and Sukhjit Kahlsa and Slam Poets Nieshanka Nathakrishnakumar, Lesh Satchithananda, Aishah Ali and Daiane Moret delivered a fantastic comedy and poetry event at the Giant Dwarf in Redfern.

2018 INRB – Luke Carroll, Matt OkineShiralee HoodKevin Kropinyeri, Diana Nguyen and Bjorn Stewart took to the stage for a hilarious and satirical poke at Australian society.

2016 INRB – MC Yatu Widders Hunt hosted a conversation with Jakelin Troy, Luka Lesson, Abdul Abdullah and Alex McKinnon at the Giant Dwarf Theatre.  You can read an adapted version of Professor Jakelin Troy’s speech, “Why Every Aussie Should Learn To Speak An Indigenous Australian Language”, on Junkee.com

2015 INRB – Nakkiah Lui’s talk, “It’s Not Racism That Australia Needs To Get Rid Of; It’s The Privilege Of Whiteness”.

2014 INRB –  Host Tom Tilley welcomed special guests for a conversation: comedian Ronny Chieng, Australian Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson, Co-Chair of the National Congress for Australia’s First Peoples Kirstie Parker and John Safran . View the highlights here.

2013 INRB – An interactive forum was held at the Sydney Seymour Centre with Jeff Lemon, Tasnim Saeid, Joelistics, Yatu Widders Hunt, Alex Dyson, Radical Son.

2012 INRB – An interactive forum was held at the Seymour Centre with Helen Szoke, Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner, Benson Saulo, Nazeem Hussain, Steve Cannane, Jennifer Wong, with performance by Ngaratya.

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