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Thursday 6 Jun
3:00 PM

Running Time 2 hours

Price range

FREE EVENT. Bookings required. 

What is arts inclusivity and who is leading the way in Australia?

Join a diverse panel of arts leaders in conversation around inclusion, arts and the communities they work with. Facilitated by jazz singer, cabaret artiste and transcendent diva Mama Alto, the panel will include Caroline Bowditch (Arts Access Victoria), Veronica Pardo, (Multicultural Arts Victoria), Fablice Manirakiza (Come and see Burundi) and Kamarra Bell-Wykes (ILBIJERRI Theatre).

How have they practiced inclusion and what have they learnt? How has inclusion enabled the arts?

Discussing their work at some of Australia’s major arts organisations, these leaders will delve into the risks they have taken and the knowledge they have acquired along the way.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about some of the processes they have developed and gain practical insights into arts inclusivity and the future of inclusive arts leadership.


Panel

Caroline Bowditch (Arts Access Victoria)
After 16 years living and working in the U.K. Caroline Bowditch returned to Australia to take up the role as CEO at Arts Access Victoria. She is best known as a performer, maker, teacher, speaker and mosquito buzzing in the ears of the arts industry in the UK and further afield. She held the role as Scottish Dance Theatre’s Dance Agent for Change (2008-2012). Caroline was awarded an Unlimited commission to create Leaving Limbo Landing (2012) for the Cultural Olympiad and in 2014 created Falling in Love with Frida, which was awarded a prestigious Herald Angel award. In 2016, she collaborated with Laura Hook, to create two works for young audiences, The Adventures of Snigel (3-8 years) and Snigel and Friends (under 1’s). Caroline has been an Associate Artist with Paragon Music (Glasgow), Dance4 (Nottingham) and Imaginate (Scotland) and was Visiting Professor at Coventry University. She has been a regular consultant on accessibility and inclusivity to Skånes Dansteater, Sweden and British Council. She has led international residencies in Italy, Switzerland, Mozambique and Germany and is regularly invited to be mentor local, national and international artists at all levels of their artistic development.
Fablice Manirakizas (Come and see Burundi)
Fablice Manirakizas has established himself as an artist of influence in Melbourne’s cultural landscape, working as a community cultural development worker to create connections between CALD youth and communities across Victoria. He has drawn heavily from his hip hop/Rap practice to creative interactive workshops for young people from marginalised communities focusing on song compostion, beat making, music video production and performance skills. He combines a commitment to traditional Burundian drumming styles with a passion for contemporary music, to create new and engaging platforms for experimentation, community building and performance.
Kamarra Bell-Wykes (IILBIJERRI Theatre)
Kamarra Bell-Wykes (Yagera/Butchulla/European) has been a playwright for over 15 years, combined her community targeted works have been seen by over 50, 000 people across Australia. In 2012 Kamarra graduated with honours in a Bachelor of Education and in 2014 worked with ILBIJERR Theatre Company to build their new arts/education program; now established as a ground-breaking innovator in the sector. In 2017, Kamarra was appointed ILBIJERRI’s Creative Director and works as a playwright, performer, director and dramaturge across mainstage and community productions. Kamarra is dedicated to the development of First Nations ways of working across all of her practices.
Veronica Pardo (Multicultural Arts Victoria)
Veronica Pardo is the CEO of Multicultural Arts Victoria, the state’s leading organisation on diversity in the arts. She comes to the role after 10 years of leading Arts Access Victoria, with a focus on cultural participation by people with disability and those experiencing mental health issues. Veronica is an experienced leader who has led an ambitious agenda of social and artistic transformation in the creative industries, working alongside people who have been marginalised through their identity as the ‘other’. She has spearheaded campaigns relating to social justice, equity and the inclusion of all people in arts and culture, as audiences and cultural innovators. Veronica has held senior roles in the non-government sector and academia, leading significant research projects aimed at embedding meaningful and lasting change, towards equality.
Mama Alto
Mama Alto is a jazz singer, cabaret artiste & gender transcendent diva. She is a transgender person of colour who works with the radical potential of storytelling, strength in softness and power in vulnerability. By embracing perceived difference she reclaims narratives of othering, empowers the marginalised, defies the normative & rejoices in the sublime.

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