Alia Gabres is a Melbourne based Creative Producer, Cultural Broker and Storyteller. She is a CACD practitioner with a focus on arts facilitation using storytelling as a tool for knowledge generation and cultural transmission.
In 2016 she was invited to attend the Makassar International Writers Festival in Indonesia and 2015 saw Alia awarded as one of Melbourne Writers Festivals ’30 Under 30’, attend the Africa Writes Festival in the UK and complete a residency at the School for Social Sciences in Eritrea.
In 2014 Alia was in residence in Indonesia with Kunci Cultural Institute delivering a project that mapped traditional stories and recipes. In the same year she was program coordinator on the Global Express program that launched ‘Dialect’ a multi-lingual publication for emerging writers.
In 2013 Alia was invited as teaching artist with the Minor Disturbance Youth Slam team in Denver Colorado and co-produced an intergenerational narrative project in California. 2013 also saw Alia’s poetry video ‘Cotton Summer Dresses’ selected as a finalist of the National Blake Prize.
Alia has a Masters in Community and Cultural development at the Victorian College of the Arts.Alia is also currently a member of the Program Advisory Committee for the Creative Writing Degree at RMIT University. She has sat on Literature, Community Arts and Cultural Development and Multi-Art Form assessment panels for Creative Victoria and the national funding body for the arts The Australia Council.