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Blak & Bright: Change the Date? A Hypothetical

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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.

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Featuring

Nayuka Gorrie

Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunnai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta essayist and screenwriter.

Yvette Holt

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 ... Read more

Gregory Phillips

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... Read more

Liza-Mare Syron

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). ... Read more

Jason Tamiru

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. Jas... Read more

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The Wheeler Centre

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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