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Wednesday Kennedy’s Last Night in New York

Sydney poet and spoken-word artist, Wednesday Kennedy recalls the tragic events of September 11th, in 2001, as a New York resident who was living in the city at the time of the attack.
In the immediate days and weeks after the destruction of the World Trade Centre buildings, Wednesday Kennedy took to the streets to record New Yorkers express their horror, outrage, and confusion at the attack.

The recordings culminated in a production ‘Last Night in New York’, an insightful account of what was emerging in the hearts and minds of people. It is a journey through the voices of New Yorkers trying to find their balance in a dramatically altered landscape at a pivotal moment in history.

Hope is measured by social change and from Wednesday’s personal testimony. This is a conversation between people in the streets and squares. We remember through Wednesday Kennedy, and we retrace her journey with an intimate radio interview on her experiences.

The interview with Angela Stretch, was recorded for Wordjammin’, 2SER-FM, 2004. The interview is contextualised by recordings from Last Night in New York, courtesy of the artist, Wednesday Kennedy.

Photograph: Wednesday Kennedy, AGNSW collection Lewis Morley, Sydney 1990.
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