Blak & Bright Literary Festival 2022 – 18 March Opening event

Blak & Bright Festival Official Opening Event

Join us to celebrate the official opening of the 2022 Blak & Bright Literary Festival! Witness, Solace, the commissioned performance by Philly, Bryan Andy, James Henry and Steven Rhall, exploring men’s mental health. A special guest will then talk to the theme, ‘What’s Changed? What’s Stayed the Same?’, with a spotlight on writers Jazz Money, Alexis Wright, Crystal McKinnon, with Glenn Shea.View the full Blak & Bright program of events at

Doors open at 6pm AEDT for a 6.30pm AEDT start on Friday 18 March 2022. Event concludes at 8.30pm AEDTat The Capitol

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Portrait of Alexis Wright

Alexis Wright

Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the Gulf of Carpentaria and the renowned author of the prize-winning novels Carpentaria and The Swan Book. Her most recent book, Tracker, was awarded the 2018 Stella Prize. She holds the Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne.

Portrait of Philly


​​Phillip Murray aka PHILLY is a hip hop star with a huge following. Touring regularly, he’s signed with independent Indigenous music label Payback Records. He won the National Noel Tovey Achievement Award, and was Mildura’s NAIDOC Artist of the Year 2010.

Portrait of James Henry

James Henry

James Henry is Yuwaalaraay, Gamilaraay, Yorta Yorta and Yuin composer. His exhilarating and immersive compositions include Madhanbaa Mayrraa and Seasons in Blak for Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival. He has also performed guitar for the Archie Roach Into the Bloodstream tour and is a founding member of Skin Choir.

Portrait of Steven Rhall

Steven Rhall

Steven Rhall (he/him) is a post-conceptual artist operating from a First Nation, white-passing, cis male positionality, geographically located on neighbouring Woiwurrung and Wathaurung lands. Rhall’s cultural background consists of Taungurung and colonial heritages – a state endemic to living in a colonised society – but goes by Taungurung when asked. His alter-ego Blak Metal is less defined and uses they/them pronouns.

Portrait of Jazz Money

Jazz Money

Jazz Money (she/they) is a poet and artist of Wiradjuri heritage, a fresh-water woman currently based on beautiful sovereign Gadigal land. Her practice is centred around the written word while producing works that encompass installation, digital, film and print. Jazz’s writing has been widely performed and published nationally and internationally.

Portrait of Crystal McKinnon

Crystal McKinnon

Dr Crystal McKinnon is an Amangu Yamatji academic, researcher and community organiser. She is a historian and a critical Indigenous studies scholar, who is currently working at RMIT as a Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Research Fellow in the Social and Global Studies Centre. Her research work has looked at concepts of Indigenous sovereignty, justice and law, and Indigenous social movements, resistance and protest.