"Film and the arts have so much power to influence the way we see the world, to heighten our awareness of the plight of those in our community and in the world community." Margaret Pomeranz AM, HRAFF Patron.
YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival is a citywide Blakout, gathering creative visionaries from across Victoria, Australia and around the world on the lands of the Kulin Nation. A ten day feast of arts and cultural events that honours the visions of yesterday and dreams forward into tomorrow.
My favourite part of Black Girl Magic is the commitment to one another to participate in each other’s magic, orchestrating a whole inconceivable reality that truly makes Hogwarts look lame. Celebrating and uplifting one another to reach higher, to laugh louder and to stay winning like Serena Williams. Sometimes, you need a visual to really grasp a concept, so God gave us Serena Williams, Michelle Obama, Beyoncé Knowles, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and Elaine Thompson. Kyah Parrott
They say a cat has nine lives – and for Ruby, a First Nations woman navigating the 21st century, ‘nine lives’ are but one way to explain her idiosyncrasies. Join the enigmatic Ruby on her quest for connection, as she unites the truths of history with her experience of the present to uncover the binding threads of people and place. A one-woman exploration of hope, longing and connection.
Matika Wilbur is changing the way we see Native America one photo at a time. Project 562, is Matika’s daring undertaking of artistry and conscience of unprecedented scope and impact. Her mission is to photograph every federally recognised tribe in the United States and reveal the rich and complex 21st century image and reality of contemporary Native Americans.
"It was a significant moment, not only for the statement we were making, but also, as a light-skinned woman, to be acknowledged as a Papua New Guinean. No one was able to tell me I wasn’t a Papuan, and this made me feel strong." Moale James
Birrimbi Dulgu Bajal, which means ‘Sea and Rainforest Dreaming’ in the local Yidinji language, brought the essence, art and culture of Queensland’s First Nations peoples to Melbourne Fashion Festival. Now, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair is back with a brand new fashion showcase titled Jana Jaral.