Indigenous and culturally diverse writers come together for powerful lineup at Boundless festival
Boundless, the first-ever festival focused on Indigenous and culturally diverse Australian writers and writing, will be held at Bankstown Arts Centre on Saturday 28 October 2017.
The full program has been announced and boasts a powerful lineup of local and interstate names – including Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Sarah Ayoub, Julie Koh, Benjamin Law, Luka Lesson, Hoa Pham, Ellen van Neerven, and Markus Zusak.
“By some measures, Australia is one of the most multicultural nations on the planet,” says Boundless speaker Benjamin Law. “We have over 300 languages spoken in our homes, one in 30 of us are Indigenous and half of us were either born overseas or have at least one migrant parent. Boundless is a showcase of those voices.”
Alongside more established writers the program will showcase young and emerging voices, reflecting the long term commitment of the partner organisations in developing culturally diverse writers in Western Sydney. The program gives space to writing in many forms, highlighting the work and words of playwrights, authors, journalists, screenwriters, performance poets, and interdisciplinary practitioners.
Boundless is a free festival so that as many people as possible are able to discover these amazing writers. The all-day event will include performances, readings, panel discussions, audiovisual experiences, workshops for children and adults, and opportunities for audience members to mingle with the writers and purchase their books.
Boundless is presented by the NSW Writers’ Centre and Bankstown Arts Centre, in collaboration with Sweatshop, WestWords, Urban Theatre Projects, Bankstown Youth Development Service, CuriousWorks and the Bankstown Poetry Slam. It is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW, the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and Pantera Press.
The full program is now available to browse on the newly launched Boundless website and festival registration is open.