Rhoda Roberts – Ros Bower Award

    04 March 2019

    A member of the Bundjalung nation, Widjabul and Gidabul clans of Northern NSW and South East QLD, Rhoda Roberts was the founder and Artistic Director of the annual International Festival The Dreaming based at Woodford, QLD. She was also a co-founding member of Australia's first national Aboriginal theatre company, the Aboriginal National Theatre Trust (ANTT) and coined the term Welcome to Country, establishing protocol manuals and welcomes by local custodians for the arts industry.

    Rhoda was the Founder and Artistic Director of Sydney Dreaming Festival and the former Artistic Director of the Festival of the Dreaming staged in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. She has been involved with a number of large events in varying roles including Creative Director, Awakening Segment Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and Rugby World Cup 2003, among others. Rhoda was the Creative Director for Songlines – the phenomenally successful lighting of the Sydney Opera House sails, which opened Vivid Festival Sydney 2016.

    Recent consultancy work includes, advisor with the SPC Secretariat Pacific Communities, Based in Noumea for the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts. She has been appointed by the Jimmy Little Foundation to develop series of concerts based in the NT and developing series events for the NSWLALC titled Sacred


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