Blaktivists vs Blakademics argue the toss. Should Australia Day happen on 26 January, or not – and why? It's a serious topic, but we’ve thrown in a dollop of Blak humour. Hear from Nayuka Gorrie, Yvette Holt, Liza-Mare Syron and Jason Tamiru. Hosted by Gregory Phillips.
This event is presented in partnership with Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival and Melbourne Writers Festival.
Nayuka Gorrie is a Kurnai/Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri, and Yorta Yorta writer. Gorrie’s work explores black, queer and feminist politics. They wrote and performed in season three of Black Comedy. In 2018 they were named as a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter recipient, and are currently working on a book of essays.
Brisbane born Yvette Henry Holt heralds from the Bidjara, Yiman and Wakaman Nations of Queensland. A multi-national award-winning poet, academic, editor, stand-up comedienne and photographer of Central Australian desert landscapes, Yvette has lived and worked in the greater region of the Australian Central Deserts for ten years.
Gregory Phillips is from the Waanyi and Jaru peoples, and comes from Cloncurry and Mount Isa. He is a medical anthropologist, with thirty years’ experience in leading change in cultural safety, healing and decolonisation.
Gregory is Chief Executive Officer of ABSTARR Consulting, is a Professor of First People’s Health, and serves on several boards and committees, including chairing the Ebony Institute, the Cathy Freeman Foundation and AHPRA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health strategy group.
Dr Liza-Mare Syron is an actor, director, producer, teacher and academic. She is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Moogahlin Performing Arts. Previous positions include Head of Theatre (Eora College), Senior Cultural Arts Officer (Arts NSW) and Research Fellow (Macquarie University).
Jason Tamiru is a proud Yorta Yorta man passionate about his people and culture. He has worked with many of Melbourne’s most iconic performing arts companies, museums and festivals. As a producer he supports his people’s creativity by building frameworks that complement cultural expressions. Jason is influenced by anything and everything that stimulates his spirit and soul, and he works to inspire the same passion amongst his community and peers.