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About the event

The Australia Council, with the First Nations Strategy Panel, will present Purrumpaa national gathering and celebration of First Nations arts and culture to be held be held over five days on Kaurna Yerta at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 31 October to 4 November 2022.

The historic occasion will mark the largest national gathering of First Nations arts and culture, convened by the Australia Council, in 50 years.

As part of the anniversary of the establishment of the Australia Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board, the gathering will celebrate the remarkable achievements in the First Nations arts and culture sector over the last 5 decades.

In 1973, a national seminar on Aboriginal Arts in Australia in Canberra was attended by approximately 400 representatives from across the country. Funded by the newly formed Aboriginal Arts Board of the Australia Council, the meeting established guidelines designed to encourage First Nations people around the country to participate in a broad range of arts activities.

Purrumpa will celebrate the 50th anniversary of this significant milestone, and to enable a national collective voice across all areas of First Nations arts and cultural practice.

As we reflect on the past and look to the future, this will be an important moment to come together to continue conversations about First Nations peoples’ self-determination, development, and priorities for the national advocacy of First Nations arts and culture.

First Nations artists, organisations and communities are invited to keep up to date and follow the journey to Purrumpa by joining our dedicated mailing list.

Read the media release.


First speaker announcement

  • Patricia Anderson AO (Keynote)
  • Dr Ali Baker
  • Wayne Barker
  • Kylie Belling
  • Hon Tony Burke MP (Keynote)
  • Hon Linda Burney MP (Keynote)
  • Troy Casey
  • Lillian Crombie
  • Nici Cumpston OAM
  • Dr Fiona Foley
  • Julie Gough
  • Andrea James
  • Gary Lang
  • Professor Dr Marcia Langton AO (Keynote)
  • Michael Mansell
  • Djambawa Marawili AM
  • Thomas Mayor
  • Romlie Mokak
  • Djon Mundine
  • Tiriki Onus
  • Glenn Iseger Pilkington (Keynote)
  • Rhoda Roberts AO
  • Glen Shea
  • Damien Shen (Keynote)
  • Nardi Simpson
  • Bob Weatherall (Keynote)

 


 

Daily program

Each day will include a Welcome to Country, two keynote speakers, and six panels. There will be opportunity and space to continue informal conversations.

The program will follow the conversational themes for the gathering.

The conference dinner will be held on Wednesday evening at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Respectful Engagement. Deep Listening

Day one presents an opportunity to hear from Elders, government, and cultural leaders in conversation on topics including First Nations arts and culture, cultural protocols, the Uluru Statement from the Heart and Voice to Parliament.

Keynote speakers: Hon Linda Burney MP, Bob Weatherall, Patricia Anderson AO, Hon Tony Burke MP.

+ more to be announced.

Legacy

Day two examines the challenges and successes of the past 50 years of First Nations arts leadership, and the outcomes achieved through bravery, courage, resilience, and activism.

Keynote speakers: Marcia Langton AO.

+ more to be announced.

Storytelling

Day three celebrates the stories, organisations, and people continuing to build vibrant creative communities and embed First Nations arts and culture in the national conversation. The conference dinner will be held on Wednesday evening at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Keynote speakers: Damien Shen, Tiriki Onus.

+ more to be announced.

Now

Day four explores how young people and emerging leaders are integral to sustaining, and building, a creative and entrepreneurial workforce that embraces First Nations arts and culture through digital platforms and new ways of engagement. Recognition of the importance of intergenerational knowledge transfer, from Elders to the next generation, will underpin the day’s conversations.

Keynote speakers: Glenn Iseger Pilkington.

+ more to be announced.

Imagining the future

What will the next 50 years of First Nations arts and culture look like? Day five explores how arts and culture will support health and wellbeing, how cultural and intellectual property rights can be upheld, and how government can commit to honouring and uplifting First Nations arts and culture into the future.

Keynote speakers: First Nations Parliamentarians.

+ more to be announced.


 

FAQs

Purrumpa isa national gathering and celebration of First Nations arts and culture to be held over five days on Kaurna Yerta at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 31 October to 4 November 2022.

The historic occasion will mark the largest national gathering of First Nations arts and culture in 50 years, convened by the Australia Council, in 50 years.

‘Purrumpa’ is a Kaurna language word meaning ‘to flourish or blossom’ and was generously gifted to us by Kaurna Elder Uncle Lewis O’Brien.

Purrumpa celebrates the incredible achievements of the past fifty years of First Nations arts and cultural led industry, as envisaged by the Aboriginal Arts Board in 1973. We will host conversations over five days, across multiple artforms whilst paying tribute to those who have come before us.

  • Purrumpa will enable considered discussion at all levels, and across a range of industries, about First Nations arts and cultures.
  • These conversations aim to promote the rights of First Nations artists and cultural custodians; to champion First Nations arts and cultures; and to support, strengthen and grow the First Nations arts and culture sector into the next 50 years.
  • Purrumpa will build on the legacy of the 1973 seminar, and lead discussions that will develop strategies to promote First Nations creative endeavours locally, nationally and internationally. Support policy development around the arts and economic growth and empower the future First Nations arts and cultural leaders.

We are pleased to announce the first round of speakers for Purrumpa:

  • Patricia Anderson AO (Keynote)
  • Dr Ali Baker
  • Wayne Barker
  • Kylie Belling
  • Hon Tony Burke MP (Keynote)
  • Professor Dr Marcia Langton AO (Keynote)
  • Troy Casey
  • Lillian Crombie
  • Nici Cumpston OAM
  • Dr Fiona Foley
  • Julie Gough
  • Andrea James
  • Gary Lang
  • Professor Dr Marcia Langton AO (Keynote)
  • Michael Mansell
  • Djambawa Marawili AM
  • Thomas Mayor
  • Romlie Mokak
  • Djon Mundine
  • Tiriki Onus
  • Glenn Iseger Pilkington (Keynote)
  • Rhoda Roberts AO
  • Glen Shea
  • Damien Shen (Keynote)
  • Nardi Simpson
  • Bob Weatherall (Keynote)

Full details plus panels and performances to be announced soon.

Sign-up to our mailing list to stay up to date. Expressions of interest for presenters closed on Sunday 28 August.

We’re finalising the delivery platforms for Purrumpa. Please visit our website and join our mailing list to be kept up to date with more information.

Registrations are now open. Get your tickets.

  • Purrumpa is a gathering of First Nations arts and culture and we are hoping to engage First Nations arts and cultural workers from across the country.
  • We recognise there are many non-First Nations people who are involved in First Nations projects and organisations who may wish to attend with their First Nations colleagues.
  • Non-First Nations delegates are welcome to join the audience to hear from First Nations Eldership, thought leaders and inspirational youth who are currently engaged in the arts and culture sector.

We have a capacity of 340 for the Summit and 400 for the dinner on Wednesday night.

The Adelaide Convention Centre provides a range of accessibility options and facilities. All car parks and buildings are wheelchair accessible. Read more on the ACC webiste.

The Adelaide Convention Centre’s policy on COVID-19 Safety is outlined on its website and includes the following:

    • If you are attending an upcoming event at the Adelaide Convention Centre we ask that you please play your part and help us be COVID-safe by practising proper hand hygiene; adhering to physical distancing by maintaining 1.5m from others where possible; and staying home if you feel unwell.

Purrumpa will be ticketed and require registration to attend.

Purrumpa is priced to encourage affordability and accessibility and we will offer tickets at the lowest possible price. Concession tickets will be available for students, concession card holders, independent artists and First Nations not-for-profit organisations.

The cost of the ticket will include access to keynotes, panel discussion and workshops. Morning and afternoon tea, lunch, and tea and coffee will also be provided.

Full details and ticket can be found here. Sign up here for updates.

Purrumpa is priced to encourage affordability and accessibility. Concession tickets will be available for students, concession card holders, independent artists and First Nations not-for-profit organisations.

Registrations are now open. Get your tickets.

Please sign up to our First Nations list to stay up to date.

We’ll be announcing the full program, including how you can participate, soon.

Please contact purrumpa@australiacouncil.gov.au if you would like to know more.

The delivery of Purrumpa is being led by First Nations people, with leadership from the First Nations Arts and Cultural Strategy Panel and the Australia Council’s First Nations arts and culture team. We are working with a First Nations media and event management agency on the delivery of the event.

The Australia Council, and our delivery partners, adhere to the Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts.

If you’d like to know more, please contact purrumpa@australiacouncil.gov.au – this email is being monitored by multiple people and you will receive a response as promptly as possible.

Jordan Lovegrove from Karko Creations.

Jordan Lovegrove is a Ngarrindjeri man who has been creating Aboriginal art over the past 11 years. Jordan’s mob (Ngarrindjeri) is from the riverland area of South Australia around the Coorong, lower Murray River – Murray Bridge, Raukkan. He grew up in Adelaide and enjoys visiting his family in Murray Bridge often. A creative at heart, Jordan also works as a Graphic Designer and Web Developer, creating a range of brands, artwork and digital platforms for a variety of clients from all over Australia.

Images: Purrumpa launch. Credit: Nat Rogers.