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Rainbow Chan and Dylan Alcott profiles.
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Time Out says

Celebrate inclusiveness at gigs and panel discussions during this week-long festival

For this inaugural event, UNSW will be inviting massive sporting and music stars to promote diversity in all its forms. From September 23-27, there’ll be more than 20 events happening across the UNSW campus designed to destigmatise difference and uphold principles of inclusion and understanding.

The Game Changers sports panel on September 24 will be at the centre of proceedings, featuring speakers including multi-talented Australian Paralympian Dylan Alcott, who’s the current Wimbledon champ and is also a wheelchair basketball gold medal-winner, and Sharni Layton, who made the move from the National Netball League to the AFL field in 2018. They’ll be joined by Rugby Sevens Olympic gold medallist Ellia Green and Casey Conway, whose role at the NRL is to address and manage inclusion and diversity.

But if sport isn’t your scene, you’ll want to make a beeline for the Roundhouse on September 26. This beloved music venue will be hosting Step Aside: a free night of live music celebrating diverse local voices in the music industry. You’ll hear experimental electro-pop with glitchy beats and wise lyrics from Rainbow Chan; orchestral folk tracks from Laura Jean; punk-heavy pop-rock by Sports Bar; dreamy tracks from Inner West duo Egoism; and dance music DJ and producer Gen Collier (aka Genergy) who’s also appeared on FBi Radio.

The full program of free events is yet to be released, but they’ve promised more details on all events by the end of August. 

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