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Announcing our new Elder in Residence, Sonia Smallacombe

Sonia Smallacombe, AFTRS Elder in Residence

Sonia Smallacombe is the new Elder in Residence at AFTRS, the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Sonia will make her first address at AFTRS at the upcoming event Black Talk: Torres Strait Storytelling which takes place at the school on Wednesday 16 October. Sonia will talk about her diverse life experiences as she has led and represented Indigenous people across Australia and internationally at the United Nations in New York. Her career has given voice to many matters that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The final Black Talk of the year will also feature a conversation with two talented Torres Strait Islander storytellers, Aaron Fa’Aoso and Bernard Namok Jnr. Head of AFTRS Indigenous Kyas Sherriff will host the conversation to gain Aaron and Bernard’s insights into the world of remote Indigenous broadcasting and ground-breaking diverse television creations.

Kyas Sherriff said: “Sonia will bring cultural integrity, knowledge and awareness to this vital role. As our second Elder in Residence it was important to have a respected female Elder following the departure of Uncle Bruce Pascoe. I am excited by the knowledge Sonia will be able to share with the students and broader community.”

When: Wednesday 16 October, 4.00-5.30pm
Where: AFTRS, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
Get further details here.