Healing Stories Symposium

First Peoples Performing Arts and Wellbeing

Join us for Healing Stories - a two-day Symposium that explores how performing arts can strengthen health and wellbeing in First Peoples Communities

Presented by the University of Melbourne and ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Healing Stories brings together performing artists, community workers, and scholars for two-days of energetic, joyful performance, poetry, and yarning.

The event features performances of THE SCORE and GOODBYE AUNTY FLO from our Social Impact program, as well as keynotes and panel discussions with experts in the fields of First Peoples arts, health, and wellbeing.

We will also share the outcomes from our research project The Score: Participatory theatre for sexual health education in First Nations communities (funded by AIATSIS Indigenous Research Exchange).

Live Theatre with Q&A:

THE SCORE - Performance and workshop program for young people addressing positive sexual health and relationships.

GOODBYE AUNTY FLO - A hilarious play created by mob for mob, exploring the ups and downs of the most natural stage of anyone who bleeds life - menopause.


Healing Stories two-day Symposium
Thursday 21 March, 9am to 5pm
Friday 22 March, 9am to 3pm
Waged/Professional $55
Unwaged/Student/Artist/Community Member $25
Space 28, Performing Arts Building,
Dodds Street, Victorian College of the Arts,
Southbank, Melbourne

Confirmed Speakers:

Rachael Maza AM - Artistic Director and Co-CEO, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company

Kamarra Bell-Wykes - independent artist and theatre maker, A Daylight Connection

Dr Sarah Woodland - Senior Lecturer in Theatre, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne

Fran Kewene - Doctoral researcher, hauora/health and whakaari Māori/theatre (VUW)

Dr Vicki Saunders - Research Fellow, CRE-STRIDE, Jarwun Research Centre (CQU)

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