Kylie Farmer was Indigenous X host from November 15 to November 22 2013.
Five questions to Kylie
I’ve always been intrigued by storytelling, and the performance of storytelling, across all art forms. At the age of 16, I entered the performing arts industry through a traineeship in performing. I’m now an actor, presenter, writer, director, artist, linguist, arts worker and coach with about 17 years experience. I’m currently working at Screen Australia to manage the Indigenous Employment Program, which creates employment and training opportunities for Indigenous people within the media and screen industry.
I also host a popular children’s show on NITV called Waabiny Time – which I love. Oh, and I’m a serious tea drinker!
My maternal grandfather nurtured me from a very young age and taught me the fundamentals of life, love and culture, and he dedicated so much of his working life to our community. My grandmothers are both extremely wise women, loving and strong, and have endured such unique hardships throughout their lives (they were both sent away at an early age) – yet they’re positively happy and encouraging. My paternal grandfather – who is Chinese – his stories are amazing, sometimes heartbreaking and sad, but powerful. And then there’s Waljin, for all things cultural and ceremonial – she is a gift! Yibiyung, a beautiful custodian of language and history. All of our special old people back home (past and present). My siblings, and all my family – each of them have personal success stories that offer a wealth of inspiration.
And I thoroughly enjoy meeting people with a strong and passionate human spirit – anyone with a positive and compassionate attitude towards life and others, regardless of the obstacles at hand. Inspiration can come from the most diverse places, no matter how great or small the offer may be.
On a more serious note, I hope that our country, in particular our scared sites and sacred land, can be preserved and protected. I hope that our traditional languages remain active, secure and spoken (and also protected). I hope that our next generation are learning all they can from our old peoples’ knowledge and history. I hope that our society grows harmoniously together beyond colour boundaries and stereotypes.
I hope for a better future for our children and our children’s children. These are my most passionate hopes.