Kim Scott: Opening Night Gala

Throughout his award-winning literary career, Kim Scott has reconstructed narratives of Aboriginal experience while interrogating the archives of history. In his powerful opening address, Scott explores how writing yourself into history can challenge Australian identity and transform our connection to language and land.

The Mission Songs Project present a dynamic musical performance of Indigenous song, casting light on the history and resilience of our Indigenous communities.

Then join us for a drink as we kick off the Festival! DJ Sovereign Trax brings a playlist of the best music from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists as we reflect on the collective stories, identities and resistance of the First Nations.

Ticket price includes event and opening party.
Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday 21 July. This session is not able to be booked on a Festival Pass.

Supported by the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne

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Kim Scott

Kim Scott is an award-winning novelist. Benang was the first novel by an Indigenous writer to win the Miles Franklin Literary Award,...

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Mission Songs Project

Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive contemporary Australian Indigenous songs from 1900 to 1999, focusing on the Christian missions,...

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Sovereign Trax

Hannah Donnelly aka SOVTRAX is a DJ and the creator of Sovereign Trax. Sovereign Trax is an online platform promoting First...

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