Pictures from Unfinishing School: the official c.l.i.t.fest afterparty

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Pictures from c.l.i.t.fest 2013

Here are some more pictures from c.l.i.t.fest, feel free to send in any that you have, we will post them up here 🙂

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Indigenous feminisms
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Sex Workers Rights
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Takataapui and Pasifika ways: beyond queer theory

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Intimate partner violence in queer and gender diverse relationships

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Underclass panel

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Desire as social currency and how desire is constructed around stigmatised and non-normative bodies

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Body politics: food, health, fat, disability, class and moral virtue

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Recordings from c.l.i.t.fest!!

Here are audio tracks of the talks, our transcriptions person couldn’t end up doing them but PrideNZ has a way for people to donate money towards transcriptions.. so if anyone has money to put toward this please use the button on the website. Thanks 🙂
A big thank you to PrideNZ.com, to Wai who did the recording, and all the panellists and everyone who participated!
Enjoy!

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Talks from c.l.i.t.fest: coming soon!

Hey folks!
So c.l.i.t.fest was amazing, the talks were really inspiring and and we were about 150 people at the talks over the weekend, plus a whole bunch of folks came to hear the bands and watch the performances at Unfinishing School, which were ultra awesome. The whole weekend was really successful and the gig was sweet sauce.
We raised about $900 and had a great time doing it!

The organisers had a wee break afterwards, and are all doing regular life stuff, but pretty soon we’ll have the audio and transcriptions from the weekend talks, and we’ll put up all the photos at the same time and make a proper thankyou to all the wonderful and caring and kick-ass people who helped to make c.l.i.t.fest 2013 happen.
If anyone has any pics of the c.l.i.t.fest weekend which they want to share, you can put them on your Google Drive and share with transbodyreclamation@gmail.com or chuck them into Drop Box and send us a link to your albums, or I guess email them to us? Cheers peeps.

So, in closing up this wee ‘stay tuned’ rant, here is a link to the inspiring and challenging talk given by Kim at c.l.i.t.fest,  The mātauranga continuum, gender and sexuality.

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Photos!

There will be more, but heres a great start: First Panel Saturday pics.

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Registrations completely closed.

NOTE: REGISTRATIONS ARE COMPLETELY CLOSED NOW AS WE CAN’T FIT MORE PEOPLE INTO THE HALL.
If you didn’t register and you’re not sure whether or not you were included in the numbers, give us an email on transbodyreclamation@gmail.com cheers.
Ps, come along to the official gig Unfinishing School! Tickets on the door.

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Interview with MPM

Melting Pot Massacre are an Auckland-based punk band who write about things like the male oligarchy in music and the issues of immigrants and ethnic minorities in New Zealand. They are releasing their debut EP, Diaspora this week and playing CLITfest this weekend, and UTR caught up with the band to discuss the political issues close to the band’s chest.

How did Melting Pot Massacre form?

Melting Pot Massacre formed in 2011 when a bunch of Asian feminists, who happen to be friends and can play music, got really bored with the overcrowding of white male machoists in the music scene and a decline in political punk over the years. Plus even in politicized spaces, no one seemed to be creating music to connect the rage and experiences of people of colour in Aotearoa. It was just about bloody time.

Did you have an idea of the sound you wanted to achieve when you started out or was developing it a more organic process?

I think it was definitely a more organic process. I don’t know if this is what other bands do but we spent a whole year figuring out what our personal influences are, not just in music but in terms of life in general, and we did a lot of thinking of the impact we want to achieve as a band, rather than the sound we want to be known by or whatever. We definitely were into mixing it up a bit and not wanting to get stuck in any particular genre. Having said that, we were sick of seeing crazy good female bands get immediately labeled riot grrrl in hardcore/punk just because they were female-oriented. So we decided that we would state from the start that we are a hardcore feminist punk band and thereafter people would just have to deal with whatever sound that comes out of us!

You guys are also quite political: was part of the reason for forming to get your political ideologies across?

“Quite” is probably an understatement. Aside from a few of us being involved in various social justice causes and activist movements, we’d like to think that the very nature of our band being visible and self-determining as people of colour, amongst other things, is a political statement in itself. I think when we first started out, myself and MZ the guitarist definitely had intent to write and perform our music to raise awareness on some of the socio-political issues that exist, but it was never intended to be just about that.

Full interview here.

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