Each month, on the podcast and blog, the Open Exchange interviews extra-ordinary people who share their insights, inspiration and resources to tackle the barriers to more inclusive and welcoming communities. Through these conversations with our guests and their experiences, we will continue to share tools and pathways to grow more open, resilient and richly diverse communities.
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Brad is the founder of Welcome to Australia, a national movement uniting NGOs, high-profile Australians, political leaders, businesses, the public sector and many individuals in cultivating a culture of welcome for asylum seekers, refugees and other new arrivals to Australia. In 2014, Welcome to Australia was awarded the National Migration and Settlement Award for Settlement Innovation.
Kavisha is an artist ,folklorist, musician, composer, broadcaster and singer songwriter. Born in UK,migrating to Perth WA in the early 60’s with her family ,she is of Anglo- Burmese and Italian heritage She has been a tireless promoter of Multicultural Australia through her musical activities empowering communities through story telling and song. She has won many awards including Multicultural Commission Award for Excellence 2008 , Green Room Award 1996, ARIA award for best world music album 1998.
Declan Furber Gillick
Declan is an independent, multi-award winning Arrernte artist, writer, musician and educator. He has had work published with Southerly, Centre For Indigenous Story and Affirm Press. His first play, The Great Emu War, was performed as a reading at Melbourne Theatre Company where he is now a writer-in-residence. His first produced play, BIGHOUSE DREAMING, won three Melbourne Fringe awards for Best Performance, Best Emerging Indigenous Artist and the Melbourne Festival Discovery Award.
Ten years ago Lizzy Rutten was working as a surgery theatre technician in her home city of Canberra. Life changed for the thirty four year old musician when she first came to the Kimberley for a visit in 2009. She would return a further three times, staying for a...
It was Jack Trust’s funeral. Several hundred people were filling the community hall in the East Kimberley community of Wuggubun. Many had known the Indigenous leader personally, while others had driven out bush to show solidarity and support for the Trust family,...
It was a weekday night when Giancarlo Mazzella arrived at home to find a young Gija girl sitting on his doorstep. He wasn’t to know that she had already been waiting for two hours for him. Mazzella would be asked to accompany the young girl to her auntie’s home. It...
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