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Fairplay Regional Victoria Symposium

16 November 2023 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

RSVP essential by Friday 2 November, 2023

Diversity Arts Australia, supported by Creative Victoria, invites you to a one-day symposium featuring insightful industry talks, performances, and engaging activities. Fair Play is a capacity-building program that supports organisations and venues to develop skills in working with marginalised communities. Fair Play focuses on systemic change within the creative sector to enhance accessibility, respect, and inclusion for First Nations people, those from underrepresented cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and Disabled People.

Featuring talks and performance. Hear from creative sector thought-leaders and Fair Play graduates. Whether you’ve participated in the program or not, this event offers a chance to learn and connect with specialists in the sector, and learn more about practical ways to apply justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

Numbers are limited and we are prioritising Fair Play participants and orgs/ creative workers living and working in regional Victoria, so please register early!

Date: Thursday, 16 November 2023

Time: 9.30am arrival for a 10am start until 4pm

Venue: The Capital, 50 View St, Bendigo VIC 3550

♿ Wheelchair access

Lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

For any accessibility needs, please contact Görkem, by Friday 2 November 2023

Lena Nahlous is an experienced CEO, producer, curator, artistic director and facilitator with a long-term commitment to racial equity in the arts, screen and creative sectors. She is currently the CEO of Diversity Arts Australia and host of The Colour Cycle podcast. She has over 20 years-experience in arts, cultural and media organisations where she has developed artist brokerage and training programs focusing on creatives from culturally and racially marginalised backgrounds and young people. In 2020, Lena won the Western Sydney Woman Leader of Change Award.

Rodney Carter is a descendant of Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta people and resides at Bendigo in Central Victoria. He currently works for his people, the Dja Dja Wurrung as the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and the Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises Pty Ltd. A defining moment for Rodney was negotiating the Dja Dja Wurrung people’s native title settlement under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010. Rodney has been on the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council since 2007 because he strongly believes that Victorian Aboriginal people are those best placed to manage their own history, places and materials for the benefit of all Victorians. Rodney is an experienced Elder with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industries. He is skilled in Sustainable Development, Environmental Issues, Government, Biodiversity, and Conflict Resolution. He is a strong community and social services professional with a Diploma in Government focused in Investigations from Investigation Compliance and Training Systems.

Christian Leavesley is the Artistic Director of Arena Theatre Company. He studied theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts, Monash University and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before joining Arena, Christian co-founded multi-award winning company Uncle Semolina (& friends), whose works Gilgamesh, Ticky Tacky and OT were known for their innovative use of playing space and theatrical form. His work has appeared in festivals and venues across Australia, internationally in Asia, North America and Europe. His works for Arena include Starchaser, Marlin, Marlin Expedition, Point of View, The Sleepover, Sunny Ray and the Magnificent Moon, Trapper and Air Race.

Caitlin Royce is a project and program manager who delivers successful in-person and virtual creative projects, programs and events. She is also a practicing artist with formal qualifications in fine art and with experience in digital communications. Originally from northern NSW, Caitlin arrived in Bendigo in her mid-20s to pursue art studies at La Trobe University, after a long stint of overseas travel.

John Willis co-founded CreateA with Sara McQueenie in 2002. His background is in visual art but has grown to have greater involvement in physical performance. John has produced projects for CreateA over a wide range of art forms. John holds a Masters of Community Cultural Development Practice (Victorian College of the Arts).


16 November 2023
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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The Capital
50 View St
Bendigo, Victoria 3550 Australia