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Proudly introducing: The Canberrans

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It’s been a year unlike any other. One where we have been confined largely to our own city and encouraged to “stay at home”.

As fiercely proud local companies, HerCanberra, Newcast Studios, and Salon Canberra have taken 2020 as an opportunity to do something a little different.

For the last few months, we have been working hard behind the scenes pulling together The Canberrans. It is both a video series and a podcast which seeks to peel back the layers of our city.

By interviewing some of the Canberra’s thought, cultural and business leaders, we have considered where Canberra is at this point in time—both the good and the bad—and asked where we need to go in the future.

We have discussed the impacts of a pandemic on our lives, how this may change Canberra’s trajectory and its place in a changing world.

We have also considered more specific questions of planning and place-making—as well as parking, coffee, rock ‘n’ roll and rainbow roundabouts.

Our diverse talent includes indigenous climate activist and former Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Dhani Gilbert, environmental entrepreneur and United Nations Climate Summit delegate Sophia Hamblin Wang, ABC News presenter Dan Bourchier, Canberra Airport Managing Director Stephen Byron, Art Not Apart Festival Producer and cultural philosopher Dave Caffery, and Braddon developer Nik Bulum—among many others.

They have unique perspectives on where to next for our city. They also have interesting backstories on how and why they have chosen to settle here.

This year, they have been particularly grateful to call Canberra home, given what has played out across Victoria and the rest of the world. And, in an election year, it’s been a nice way to cut through the political spin and focus on the bigger picture.

Filmed and produced at Newcast’s Lonsdale Street Studio by Director Damien Maher, lead producer Sean O’Gorman and producer Celia Berry-Smith, hosted by HerCanberra’s Associate Editor Emma Macdonald, and created in partnership with Salon Canberra founder Catherine Carter, The Canberrans video series makes for interesting viewing and—for those who love to zone in for a longer and more in-depth chat—we’ve also made you a podcast of the entire interview. You’re welcome!

Consider this our gift to you in a year that has been anything but easy. We hope you enjoy The Canberrans and that it prompts you to discuss our city’s future aspirations with your friends, colleagues and family while we all stay close to home for the foreseeable future.

Listen to the podcast trailer here.


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