The theme for the conference that followed the two-day Performing Art Exchange was Making Space and focused on identity and place, and “how place informs the art we make and how the art we do is relevant and resonates with the audience in the communities in which we live.”
As always, the event featured some exceptional keynote speakers, including Sigal Cohen, Director of International Relations and Development at the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv; Dr Richard Walley in conversation with Ilbijerri Theatre’s Artistic Director Rachael Maza and Thinker-in-Residence (and former Performing Lines CEO) Karilyn Brown; and Gill Hicks founder of M.A.D for Peace.
“All the keynote speakers were amazing, and I was personally moved by Gill Hicks, an incredible woman who is dedicating her life to helping others after surviving the 2005 London terrorist attack. As everyone in the room, I was hanging onto her words until the end. Her resilience and optimism are so infectious, and are here to remind us that no matter what happens in life, you are the only one in control of your own happiness.” said our Marketing Coordinator, Cecile Lucas.