Rhoda Roberts AO (First Nations Consultant)
Rhoda Roberts AO is a significant force on the Australian art scene. A member of the Bundjalung nation, Widjabul/Wieybal clan of Northern NSW and South East QLD, Rhoda is the former Head of First Nations Programming for the Sydney Opera House, is Festival Director of the Boomerang Festival/Bluesfest, Festival Curator of the Parrtjima Festival (NT) and Creative Director First Nations Programming - Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA).
A much-awarded arts executive, Rhoda received an AO for distinguished service to the performing arts, leadership, advocacy and promoting contemporary Indigenous culture. In 2019, she was recognised with a Ros Bower Award from the Australia Council; in 2018, she received the Helpman Award - The Sue Nattrass Award; in 1998 she received a Deadly Award for Broadcasting and in 1997, she was recognized with a Sidney Myer Facilitators award.
She was the founder and Artistic Director of the Festival of the Dreaming, Sydney Dreaming Festival and the Dreaming Festival (1995-2009).
She was the co-founder and Artistic Director of the QPAC Clancestry Festival and was the Garma festival director in 2010.
With a diverse range of international and national industry experience within commercial, community and non-profit organisations, Rhoda is a practising weaver, a sought-after speaker, writer and performer in theatre, film, television and radio.