Speakers & Performers

  • Gerard Veltre

    Over the last 15 years Gerard Veltre has worked with diverse groups of young people and their communities around Australia to foster an inclusive culture of dance and theatre that champions artistic expression. These communities include remote Aboriginal communities and young people in prisons. Gerard is currently Artistic Director...

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  • Kumari Middleton

    Former professional dancer, Kumari dreamt of a place where youth come together to share stories and learn about cultural awareness, prevention of substance abuse, sex education and more, while enjoying themselves through the experience of performing arts. Turning this dream into a reality, she now runs Mayibuye, a community dance...

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  • Steven Persson

    Steven a social entrepreneur, has been working with The Big Issue, Australia’s largest street magazine and social enterprise since 2005 providing opportunities for homeless and socially marginalised people to improve their circumstances. Working in the NGO sector for over 20 years, Steven holds a tertiary qualification in education for...

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  • Dig Deep

    The Dig Deep Drop-in Centre at the Arts Centre provides ongoing inspiration, support and training for emerging artists focusing on hip-hop and urban music. It establishes a collective, creative working environment in the form of ongoing series of weekly workshops in the Arts Centre’s new Digital Learning Hub. Participants...

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  • Emilie Zoey Baker

    Emilie Zoey Baker is a published award winning poet and slam champion, she has performed poetry all around the world including Paris, New York, London and Chicago and is the state coordinator for the Australian Poetry Slam. She was the first ever Australian to compete in SlamReview as part...

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