Ee’da hails from Southeast Asia, with a half-Indian, half-Malaysian background. She broke religious and cultural convention by leaving her family home and moving to Australia to find her inner strength, courage, creativity and self-expression. Her original soulful songs and poetry touches on themes of personal freedom, justice, empowerment, love and self-awareness. Her original poem titled ‘Fade to white’, which highlights the disturbing phenomenon of skin-bleaching amongst Indian/Asian/African people, was awarded at the Sydney Harmony International Short Film Festival, 2012. She has supported International hip hop acts such Lyrics Born (US) and Dead Prez (US) and is also a classically trained Indian dancer who has performed at major events such as the United Nations Conference for Global Health and Australia Day Celebrations at Federation Square. She currently runs women’s wellness programs and teenage empowerment projects incorporating dance, music and poetry to school children and women from refugee and migrant backgrounds. She is the creator and founder of ‘Sisters For Sisters‘- a collective and fundraising initiative that brings together female artists from diverse cultural backgrounds in Melbourne to support marginalized groups and women’s empowerment projects locally and overseas.
Award winning American Slam Poet, Kirk Nugent, of Kingston, Jamaica, made his formal introduction to the creative world as a Spoken Word Artist, using his writing abilities and the microphone to convey messages of empowerment. Affecting analytical thinking towards change, he eloquently moves his audience away from the mundane towards the magnificent. Armed with a full understanding of the power of “passion and perseverance”, he has used the platform to challenge audiences to obtain financial independence, spiritual stability and personal success.