The Hedberg Talks
First Nations

The Welcome Mat

Sat 3 Aug 2024 5:00 pm
Ian Potter Recital Hall at The Hedberg

Being a visitor comes with it a set of personal protocols whereas being a guest suggests you might receive hospitality from the host.

Where does the more permanent aspects of re-location and migration fit into the idea of being welcoming and feeling welcomed?

A panel of three First Nations perspectives that places the visitor in the personal and the political, across time and place. A conversation on who, what, why and when we Welcome. 

This is a pay what you can event but registration is essential as places are limited. 


Jane Harrison (Muruwari) 
Jane Harrison is descended from the Muruwari people of NSW. Her first play Stolen toured Australia and internationally. Rainbow’s End premiered in 2003 and won the 2012 Drovers Award. The Visitors (play) premiered in 2020 with a new production at the Sydney Opera House in 2023, winning the Sydney Critics Award for Best New Australian Work for 2021, the Best Production and Best Ensemble in the 2024 awards. The opera The Visitors premiered in 2023. Her novel Becoming Kirrali Lewis won the 2014 Black & Write! Prize while her latest novel is The Visitors which won the Indie Debut Book of the Year 2024. She is the Festival Director of Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival (2016, 2019, 2022, 2024).

Rob Braslin (Wakka Wakka)
Rob Braslin is a proud Wakka Wakka man with a passion for storytelling. Rob started performing stand up comedy back in 2013 and it opened many different doors and sometimes small side windows within the arts that a Murri from Clarendon Vale normally wouldn't get through. 
From writing for stage and screen to developing walking tours and art installations, Rob’s unique perspective and storytelling abilities will continue to prosper as he leans into projects that challenge, inspire and educate him.

Zoe Rimmer (Pakana)
Zoe Rimmer is an Indigenous Fellow at the School of Humanities in the College of Arts, Law and Education where she has recently completed her doctorate. 

Zoe Rimmer is a Pakana (Tasmanian Aboriginal) community member, with Ancestral connections to the northeast coast of Lutruwita/Tasmania. Zoe has grown up connected to her community, Country and culture, which has inspired her work in the museum and cultural heritage management sector over the past 20 years. Zoe was previously the Senior Curator of First Peoples Art and Culture at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) and her PhD at the University of Tasmania follows on from her work in the museum sector associated with repatriation, cultural revival and developing First Peoples museology.


This Hedberg Talk is associated with the production of The Visitors which run from the 1 - 3 August at the Theatre Royal. 


This is a pay what you can event. Registration is essential.


60mins (no interval)

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