Dirrum Festival 2022

Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger, Senior Chaplain

Radford College students are hosting the annual Dirrum Festival on Saturday 6th August from 4pm–9pm.

The festival promises to be a great evening with acclaimed speakers and local musicians. This year’s theme is Illuminate: Shining Light on Things that Matter.

Thomas Mayor
Thomas Mayor, advisor for the "From the Heart" Campaign

Speakers include Thomas Mayor (pictured left), a Kaurareg Aboriginal and Kalkalgal, Erubamle Torres Strait Islander man. Thomas is an advisor for the From the Heart Campaign, a movement that shares with the Australian people the aims and aspirations of the Uluru “Statement from the Heart”.

Thomas’s books include:

  • Dear Son: Letters and Reflections from First Nations Fathers and Sons
  • Finding the Heart of the Nation: Journey of the Uluru Statement Towards Voice, Treaty and Truth
  • Finding Our Heart: A Story About the Uluru Statement for Young Australians
  • Vincent Lingiari and the Story of the Wave Hill Walk-Off (with Rosie Smiler and Samantha Campbell).

This is a great opportunity to hear Thomas speak about the Uluru Statement from the Heart, an issue of national significance.

We are also excited to welcome:

  • Anastasia Radievska – Ukrainian-Australian poet and activist
  • Professor John Minns – academic and refugee rights campaigner
  • Ben Farinazzo – advocate for mental health, veterans, and the healing power of sport)
  • Jahzeel Campbell – performance poet and warden of All Saints College.

More speakers will be announced over the coming weeks.

There will be live music from local artists Stewart Barton and The Voice’s Xanthe Campbell, and lots of ways to engage with each other. Food trucks will be on site.

For tickets, program and more information see https://www.dirrumfestival.org