“It’s a privilege to be speaking to you all today on the traditional lands of the Eastern Kulin nation. I’m trying to get better at acknowledgement of place by doing a bit of research before I get there. It’s my understanding that the name of this place, Prahran, is actually a corruption of the name, Pur-a-ran. I’m told it means land partially surrounded by water and that it was an important place for ceremony.
Being in this building with you all, I’d also like to acknowledge that there are lots of challenging things happening out there, locally and globally and that we should begin this summit by clocking the privilege that is this group of people getting our heads together to make the world a more pleasant place to be through the facilitation of unifying cultural experiences for audiences and nourishing, meaningful, employment for arts workers into the future, a task that can seem rather insignificant when we tune in to the news at the moment. .. Link to read the full length speech at ArtsHub. ”
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