“From the beginning there had always been a motivation to create bonds between artists and producers based on integrity, as well as embracing and connecting the imaginations between divides. I have witnessed the benefits first hand, which flow out from the artists practices into their personal and social lives. These are inclusive of artistic technique, understanding discipline of form, our micro economic development position, and the genuine smiles people hold.”
A lead researcher for the City of Port Phillip in the co-development of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural strategy, Bo Svoronos has produced and directed five Yalukit Wilum Ngargee festivals for the City of Port Phillip whilst mentoring on two. He has recently completed a practice based PhD relating to his experiences working on a local Indigenous festival with a focus on reciprocity. Titled Local Identity Global Focus, Bo discusses five key festival impacts including an Indigenous prison art exhibition, marshalling and hosting, a media scholarship, festival environmental sustainability and revitalizing ceremony through contemporary dance. His PhD highlighted the complex nature of festival artistry, intangible cultural heritage, festival contact zones and local government. Further to these experiences, Bo works as an independent producer and cultural practitioner having instigated a variety of festivals, tours and events, including 2011 Global Poetics Tour which brought international slam poetry artists Jive Poetic, Mahogany L Browne and Ken Arkind to Footscray Community Arts Centre. Bo is Chairman of WELL Theatre, general board member of The Torch, a chef by trade and has an obscure arts practice he carries around in one of his many pockets.