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Kristofer Rodriguez Svonuson: “I don’t want to have things figured out”

Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… Iceland is a place that leaves you frustratingly short of superlatives. You could write a separate ode to every inch of it. The first thing that hits you is the landscape. The second – an altogether different kind of discovery – is that it is home to the most charming and prolific music … Continue reading Kristofer Rodriguez Svonuson: “I don’t want to have things figured out”

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Cliewe Juritza: “I wanted to buy a skateboard…a Stasi man took me for an interrogation”

Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… With a social scene and population in persistent flux, Berlin always offers something different. But, however rapid its evolution, elephants remain in the room – the Wall perhaps the most obtrusive. As an expat idiot living in Berlin, I was assigned plenty of recommended reading on the city’s fractured history. Of particular interest was Stasiland: Anna Funder’s brilliant and … Continue reading Cliewe Juritza: “I wanted to buy a skateboard…a Stasi man took me for an interrogation”

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James McInnes: “The tightest limitations produce the most creativity”

Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… Recent weeks have seen the battle lines drawn – and traced over in heavy black marker –between the guardians of Sydney’s nightlife and those who would see it strangled for the sake of corporate interests. It’s creatives versus casinos. And the 15,000 strong crowd at the Keep Sydney Open rally suggests the former won’t … Continue reading James McInnes: “The tightest limitations produce the most creativity”

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Cat Hunter: “We shouldn’t need to say female. We should just say musicians.”

Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… Cat Hunter is just about the most good natured person you’ll meet. Altruistic, but with the passion and drive for it to mean something, she’s heavily involved in helping reconnect isolated groups in society such as the homeless and the elderly. As a drummer, she’s toured extensively with dance troupe, Tap Dogs and, most notably, … Continue reading Cat Hunter: “We shouldn’t need to say female. We should just say musicians.”

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People Movers: the politics running the asylum

Picture you’re being chased. Someone’s trying to kill you. They’re trying to kill your family too – what’s left of it, at least. You’re not just running from one person. It’s an entire extremist group that controls the region. Or military regime that runs the country. You hear from a friend of a friend there’s a way out. You steal away in the dead of … Continue reading People Movers: the politics running the asylum

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Magdalena Wiegner: “My aim is to fill the streets with little details”

Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… Magdalena Wiegner was actually the first friendly face I saw when I moved to Berlin in 2014. Her flatmate had offered me a vacant room in Neukölln while I got settled. Magda was an artist. That much was clear just from peeking through her doorway. Intricate sketches adorned her room, pinned to the walls and … Continue reading Magdalena Wiegner: “My aim is to fill the streets with little details”

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Omar Sakr: “There’s nothing minor in life”

Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… Omar Sakr is a fine writer. Treating each word with care, the images he conjures are crisp and blooming. During our brief crossing of paths at university, it was clear he possessed immense talent. Equally striking was how free from conceit and bravado he appeared – so often the scourge of writing tutorials. Since then, he … Continue reading Omar Sakr: “There’s nothing minor in life”