"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.
Going through the images felt good. No longer was I looking at the girl with the untidy hair; instead this was another beautiful girl you might see walking on the streets, someone finally willing to embrace her natural beauty and let her guard down.
My name is Cynthia Taylu and I’m originally from Liberia, West Africa. The arts and the natural world intrigue me. Fashion is an amazing mode of self-expression and intertwines with so many things in life. I think fashion goes past what you wear – it’s more about how you feel inside.
"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.