Blak & Bright 2024

Wed 13th March, 2024 – Sun 17th March, 2024
Price: Various
Come together to celebrate First Nations storytelling at this biannual literary festival spanning five days: featuring Leah Purcell, Tony Birch, Deborah Cheetham and many more legendary Indigenous Australian creatives.

The biannual Blak & Bright festival is back for another impactful literature event that shines a spotlight on First Nations storytellers. This will be the largest instalment of the festival since it began in 2016. The 2024 theme is Blak Futures Now; imagining diverse First Nations futures, while highlighting the present urgency and significance of Indigenous Australian perspectives.

Blak & Bright will host more than 30 transformative events, with 80 First Nations artists sharing their expertise, across some of the most significant venues in Naarm/Melbourne. Catch Leah Purcell, one of Australia’s leading actors, delivering the Keynote in Fed Square, plus esteemed author and activist Tony Birch In Conversation with Kim Scott. Plus, the Wheeler Centre is hosting an insightful discussion between soprano Deborah Cheetham Fraillon, Helen Milroy AM and educator Debra Dank.

Other illuminating events, talks and workshops not to miss include Wisdom of the Elders, Love Letters to the Next Generation, Rainbow Words, Blak Book Club, Firestick Farming, and Yung Tent Embassy.

The program is largely free, and most events will be streamed online, allowing everyone the ability to engage with First Nations narratives.