Event: Melbourne, CARBON festival 2013 – first speaker announcement

Catch Shawn Stussy, Ronnie Fieg, Henry Chalfant, Martha Cooper and more mavericks at the contemporary design, style and culture festival

Posted By Jonathan Brent |

It’s true. This April sees the return of CARBON festival for the third time. CARBON is one of Australia’s premier contemporary design, style and culture events and it returns for another week of forums and events all with the aim of giving you an insight into the careers and creative processes of some of the keenest creative minds out.

The first announcement of speakers features the international creatives and tastemakers Shawn Stussy, Ronnie FiegHenry Chalfant, Martha Cooper, Eddie Huang, Jeff Hamada and Simon ‘Woody’ Wood.

They will be speaking at the CARBON festival forums held Saturday April 13 – Sunday April 14, 2013.

You can grab earlybird tickets from our online store. These earlybird tickets are 20% off full-price tickets, so get on it!

To whet your appetite, here’s some info on the lineup:

Former Surfboard shaper Shawn Stussy first printed his name onto a t-shirt in the early eighties. His namesake surf label Stussy quickly grew to become one of the first true streetwear labels recognized on a global scale.

Ronnie Fieg is one of today’s most sought-after designers in footwear, his list of 2012 collaborations includes highly coveted shoe releases for Sebago, New Balance, Puma, Asics, Dr Martens and many more. 2011 saw the opening of his iconic Manhattan store Kith.

One of the foremost authorities on New York graffiti and hip-hop culture, Henry Chalfant’s photographic and film studies of early subway graffiti include the definitive books on the subject Subway Art and Spray Can Art, the former of which he co-authored with Martha Cooper. He co-produced the 1984 documentary Style Wars, widely considered the best exploration of hip-hop culture captured on film.

Respected documentary photographer Martha Cooper has worked for The Washington Post and has had photographs featured in multiple publications and gallery exhibitions. Martha is best known for her documentation of graffiti art, including several books on the subject.

Eddie Huang’s wildly erratic talent has seen him take many career paths – from lawyer, weed dealer to standup comedian – before charging onto the NY food scene with his hit restaurant BaoHaus. He has been described as a celebrity chef for the hip-hop generation, with his ongoing video segment on Vice, Fresh Off The Boat.

Simon ‘Woody’ Wood celebrated 10 years at the helm of one of Australia’s most successful independent magazines, Sneaker Freaker, last year. Over the last decade, his title has grown into a globally distributed gospel for sneaker culture.

Vancouver based artist Jeff Hamada is the man behind Booooooom.com, one of the internet’s most popular art blogs. Jeff has used the platform to launch a host of exciting exhibitions, interactive projects and philanthropic endeavor.

CARBON festival 2013
Saturday April 13 – Sunday April 14, 2013
RMIT Storey Hall Auditorium, Melbourne CBD
Early-bird Tickets:
2 Day: $120 (inc GST)

Standard Price Tickets:
2 Day: $150 (inc GST)

A purchase of any CARBON festival ticket includes priority access to all CARBON side-events including the official launch party.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.

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