Festival Program


Pretty for an Aboriginal: Set it Alight

Wed 29 Aug, 7pm
The Thornbury Theatre

Part podcast, part polemic, part stand-up, this conversation with Nakkiah Lui and Miranda Tapsell and very special guest Ta-Nehisi Coates burns down the structures, strictures and power brokers that have governed the entertainment industry for too long. Featuring performances by upcoming Indigenous musician BIRDZ with support from Alice Skye.

This session is $30/$27.

Supported by BuzzFeed


2 hours

Session code





Session Artists

Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of the award-winning Between the World and Me. His recent book We Were Eight Years in Power is a collection of essays on the Obama era. He currently writes the Black Panther and Captain America comic books, and is a national correspondent for The Atlantic.

Nakkiah Lui is a writer/actor and Gamillaroi/Torres Strait Islander woman and a young leader in the Australian Aboriginal community. Lui won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award 2018 and Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting for Black is the New White. Lui co-hosts the BuzzFeed podcast series, Pretty For An Aboriginal, with Miranda Tapsell.  

Alice Skye is a singer-songwriter, Wergaia & Wempa Wempa woman and universal little sister. The release of her debut album in April 2018 has seen Skye emerge as a formidable talent within the Australian music scene, capturing the hearts of punters and industry alike for her original songs that sparkle with a sensitivity and maturity well beyond her years.

Miranda Tapsell is a proud Larrakia woman from Darwin who grew up in Kakadu National Park and began performing at the age of seven. Celebrated performances include The Sapphires, Love Child, Redfern Now, Secret City, Black Comedy, Little J & Big Cuz and Play School. Tapsell wrote and stars in the feature Top End Wedding, which has recently completed shooting.

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