CONVERGE Lismore brings the First Nations media industry together on Bundjalung country to learn, share and network.
CONVERGE 2021 heads to Lismore to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of co-hosts The Koori Mail.
After COVID-19 stopped The First Nations media sector from getting together in 2020, celebrations were moved online in December 2020 with the hope of meeting in person in 2021. Now borders are open and interstate travel is available again, the time has come!
Converging at the Northern Rivers Performing Arts Centre (NORPA) during the day for workshops, plenaries, presentations and industry discussion and celebrating with the Lismore community in the evenings, CONVERGE take a look around the history of the Koori Mail gallery exhibition and grab a feed at the food trucks, sit back and take in some screen content highlights at the cinema night and get on your feet to dance the Friday night away with a final night concert on the Friday evening.
CONVERGE 2021 commenced with a smoking ceremony by Uncle Gilbert Laurie and Ashley Moran, followed with the welcome to country by Aunty Tracey King, Uncle Johnny Reggie King and Aunty Irene Harrington. The MC was legendary Actor, performer Luke Carole who didn’t disappoint with his engagement of the audience.
The nights entertainment were young Lennox Monaghan playing Yidaki followed by the divine Emma Donovan. This is the largest indigenous media gathering for many years. The evening ended with as it started with joy, laughter and smiles.
3KND/FAME Chairperson Grant Hansen with FAME Board member Jodii Geddes and General Manger of 3KND Gman are attending CONVERGE on the lands of the Widjabul people of the Bundjalung nation.