Rhoda Roberts was Indigenous X host from September 13 to September 20, 2013.
Five questions to Rhoda
I have worked in the arts and creative industries for decades and across many fields: TV radio, press, music, opera, theatre. Currently I am head of Indigenous programming at the Sydney Opera House, the creative director at VIBE Australia, and about to launch a new Indigenous multi-arts festival called the Boomerang Festival this October’s long weekend. In between all that, I am guest curator at Queensland Performing Arts Centre and have recently been commissioned to write and direct a new Australian opera for Opera Australia following the success of my 2012 production Yarrabah the Musical.
I modestly yet proudly credit myself for introducing the term “Welcome to country” and establishing protocol manuals by local custodians for the arts industry during the 1980s. Many know me for my work at Garma and also The Dreaming Festival that I established back in 1995. All my work has led me to this point: creating and launching the Boomerang Festival. I invite all to come and immerse themselves in a three day fest of entertainment and cultural enlightenment. The line up of artists, and the opportunity for cultural engagement is of a quality and quantity never before seen in this part of the country.