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Cochise Anderson, from the Chickasaw and Choctaw
Nations of Oklahoma, is an actor, playwright, poet, spoken-
word performance artist, contemporary and traditional
storyteller, as well as a blues musician. Cochise dedicates his
performance to his grandmother, Catherine Willmond, who,
as a first language speaker of the Chickasaw language, has
helped keep his culture strong and thriving. Catch up with
Cochise for his one man theatre show, The Only Good Poet
is a Read Poet at BlakDramatics and his fascinating talk on
The Kemosabe Thearapy.
SUN Little Blak Duck 1:30PM
Corey Skipper, is a KoKotha/Pit Lands man from Central
Australia who has been some places and gathered many
stories and has travelled around Australia no less than nine
times. He works as a fencer, a labourer, and in security, and is
a very talented visual artist. Corey’s artworks are inspired by
family, country and where he is from, particularly the Gawler
Ranges and Andamooka, and the desert after the rain, when
all the wildflowers are out in glorious colour. A member
of the Woodford Folk Festival organising group, Corey is
committed to community and you can meet up with him
around the fire for Kokotha Way.
SAT Club Dreaming Fire 5:30PM
SUN AlterNative Fire Circle 5:30PM
MON Duck Fire Circle 5:30PM
Darren Dale is a Bundjulung man who co-owns Blackfella
Films with Rachel Perkins. Since working at SBS in the late
1990s, Darren has produced a number of shorts, including
FLAT, and was supervising producer on a documentary
series that included ‘My Brother Vinnie’. Blackfella Films
direct the annual Message Stick Indigenous Film Festival
and also produced the highly acclaimed ‘First Australians’
series. Darren is here to introduce (with Rachel Perkins), the
‘First Australians’ series as part of our Kula films program.
FRI Kula Films 9:00PM
Mulinjarli man David first created music for dance, working
with The Aboriginal and Islander Dance Theatre. His career
became intricately linked with Bangarra Dance Theatre
when he joined the company as resident composer in 1990.
He is also an actor and has won four Deadly Sound Awards,
an ARIA and was the inaugural winner of the Indigenous
Artist Award for The Sidney Myer Foundation in 2000.
He received the 2006 Green Room Award for Best New
Australian Play, ‘Page 8’. Join the brave Dave, as he dares to
bare, at our On the Spot with Casey panel.
SAT Little Blak Duck 5:10PM
Well known for her character ‘Kelly ’ on the successful
Australian television series ‘ The Secret Life Of Us’, D eb
became the first Aboriginal actor to win an AFI for playing
the character ‘Nona’ in the Australian independant film
‘Radiance’ in 1998. She joined Cathy Freeman for the ‘Going
Bush’ series, and most recently was a member of the Actors
Company ensemble for STC. Today she juggles her career
and motherhood with partner Matt and son Henry. We are
thrilled the family is able to join us this year.
SAT Little Blak Duck 5:10PM
MON Little Blak Duck 2:30PM
The last few years has seen Gumbaingir and Bundjalung
woman Deb Taylor, working with Indigenous designs on
functional ceramic pieces for G Country, with a recent
exhibition at Grafton Regional Gallery, to celebrate 10 years
of Indigenous art and designs on ceramics. Currently the
Newsletter Co-ordinator for an Indigenous publication for
the Clarence Valley she works with five different Goorie
communities on the Clarence, telling the stories of locals,
from elders to children, on their achievements, lives,
experiences, and showcasing their talents. Join Debby in
conversation at our, Kolour, Kulture and Kinship -The 3 K’s,
SAT AlterNative Lounge 10:00AM
An Ishinaabe woman, Denise Bolduc from Canada is an
independent Artistic Producer and arts advisor, curator,
event planner, consultant and publicist. She has worked at
the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the
Arts as a Program Officer, and was a co-founder and Artistic
Director of the Aboriginal Music Project. She was also the
former Artistic Director of the Planetindigenous festival
in Toronto. Denise is speaking at our Mixed Relations and
Making Their Mark forums.
SUN AlterNative Lounge 3:30PM
MON Little Blak Duck 1:00PM
Dillon is from the Yugembir peoples on the Gold Coast,
his personal vocation involves dispelling myths and
stereotypes on architecture and the built environment.
In 1995 he helped establish Merrima Indigenous Design
Group and has undertaken projects from several NSW
Government agencies including Health, Ministry for the
Arts, Corrective Services and Juvenile Justice. Join Dillon at
the Landscaping-Finding the Balance forum.
MON Little Blak Duck 4:00PM
Don Bemrose is Australia’s foremost male Aboriginal
opera singer. A Gungarri man, he realised his childhood
dream with an inspirational and joyous rendition of the
Australian National Anthem at the second 2008 National
Rugby League State of Origin match. Don will play a lead
role in the World’s first Aboriginal Opera ‘Pecan Summer’,
specifically written for him and his lyric baritone voice. Meet
up with Don at the Operas and Orchestras forum.
SUN AlterNative Lounge 10:00AM
Don Walker - (Cold Chisel), has been creating music which
maps Australia for 30 years, from Kings Cross to regional
towns, or maybe the racetrack end of things, and the spaces
between. Don’s most recent solo album, ‘Cutting Back’,
was released in 2006. His first book, ‘Shots’ is out now (and
available at the Festival Shop). Don’s topic for discussion is
Master Songstories; about composition and song writing
from a master apprentice’s perspective which will equip you
with some great tips from Industry and working musicians.
SAT Dingo Shed 1:45PM
Evie was born in Java to Eurasian parents. Within a musical
family, she developed a professional career as a singer
and songwriter. During a European tour she joined Afro-
American singer Paul Brembly and their first child was born
in Australia. Also a published writer, her book ‘The Four
Directions’, incorporates her ancestry and family ties. She
recently toured the production ‘Sharing the Dreaming’ with
Mary Duroux across Europe, the USA and the UK.
SAT Little Blak Duck 3:00PM
Fran, a Yuin woman and former teacher, works with children,
adolescents and adults, raising resilience, self esteem and
stronger connections to self, others and country. Fran
highlights the importance of connecting with culture,
identity and spirit through the arts, silence and stillness,
using story, song and music. Hear Fran talking it up at
Strengthening the Connection.
SAT AlterNative Lounge 2:30PM
FRANCES BELLE PARKER
Deeply inspired by her mother’s country, Yaegl and
Ulgundahi Island, Frances holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts-
College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. Frances
has won several awards including a Blake Prize and is
exhibited widely throughout Australia, with her works held
in private collections worldwide. Frances is speaking as part
of the Paint Quantum: The Art of Identity panel.
SAT Little Blak Duck 9:45AM
Frank comes from Bellona Island of the ‘Rennell and Bellona’
province. He draws his inspiration from his father, who is
one of Solomon Island’s most prominent carvers. Frank
works primarily with Tapa cloth, canvas and fabric. Join
Frank daily at the Pasifika Gallery, to discuss the complexity
of issues in being an artist in the Solomon Islands.
DAILY Pasifika Gallery 10:00AM
A Murray Island Mer man, Fred is an award- winning singer,
song writer and performer, having won a WA Music Industry
Award in 1999 with his band, Acoustic Dreaming. He has
worked in the Arts for the past 15 years, including the
College of Performing Arts in Perth, Australia Council for
the Arts and the West Australian Music Industry Association.
You can catch his band and also hear him speak up, as part
of the Master Songstories forum.
SAT Dingo Shed 1:45PM
Fred comes from Kwai Island of the Malaita province, of
the Solomon Islands. He received the Junior Creative Arts
Awards, at Waimapuru Secondary School, which led to his
work being re-created as large murals across the Solomons.
His works are collected by the National Museum and he has
exhibited internationally including Brisbane more recently.
Since the 2006 tensions, there is little opportunity for a
major artists to sell or exhibit their work. Meet up with Fred
daily at Pasifika Gallery, to hear first hand the tribulations
and trials of life as an artist in the Solomons.
DAILY Pasifika Gallery 10:00AM
“HIS LIFELONG WISH TO SING AT THE STATE OF ORIGIN CAME TRUE
AFTER HE BUMPED INTO QUEENSLAND COACH MAL MENINGA ON A
BRISBANE STREET AND TOLD HIM HIS STORY.” - D. D. MCNICOL, THE
AUSTRALIAN ON DON BEMROSE, OPERA SINGER
feathers ochres totems message sticks moiety ta moko smudging shells tapa buckskin beads
moiety kinship scarring waka longhouse trochus pigments carving cleansing corroboree trochus
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