"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.
“If you truly want multiculturalism in Australia, and for people to feel like they're a part of this country and able to contribute to it, then you need to make them feel like they’re part of it. And a huge part of that is representing them in the media." Rebka Bayou.
"If you talk about the sustainability aspect it can kill the romance and excitement that fashion brings. Everyone wants the fantasy, to look good and feel fabulous. I wanted to create a commercial product that has quite a powerful story." Tegan Cowlishaw.
“Before travelling to Greece, I knew I wanted to have my own brand and business. I wanted to be able to have creative freedom. The older I am the more appreciation I have for my heritage.” Maria Kambourakis.
Rahma the Label strives to capture and represent a modern reflection of Ethiopian culture by preserving the essence of being African. All pieces are designed in Australia and produced in Ethiopia, with a focus on ethical textile development by artisans.
“Because every woman deserves to feel inspired by new experience, to be struck down by beauty, to rub their eyes with disbelief at a spectacular view, to feel tiny next to a volcanic mountain or massive gorge, to feel brave and adventurous, to experience their body coming alive to the beat of new sounds and unfamiliar music.” Jirra Lulla Harvey.
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