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Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival returns in 2024

Stories, epics, poems, monologues, history, activism. Embrace the diversity of expression, paving the way for Blak futures now.

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The Blak & Bright First Nations Literature Festival yet again takes over the Wheeler Centre and other venues in the city for Blak stories from across the country. Welcome to the 4th Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival – and the biggest so far!This year’s festival is a space for the exchange of ideas, the celebration of resilience, and the envisioning of diverse Blak futures. The Bak & Bright team are welcoming back favourite events and award-winning writers and introducing new sessions and fresh new artists.
In an exciting coup for the festival, screen icon Leah Purcell AM will deliver the festival keynote, reflecting on her extraordinary life as an actor, writer, director, producer, singer and speaker, sharing the lessons she’s learnt along the way. Other deadly artists in the 2024 lineup include Daniel Browning, Helen Milroy, Jane Harrison, Tony Birch, Kim Scott and Melanie Saward.Tickets will sell quickly, so head to to secure yours today.Open to all audiences – Blak stories are to be shared and valued.

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