Bo Svoronos proudly grew up in Cabramatta and comes from a community arts background. His father being one of the first Community arts officers for Liverpool City Council somewhere in the late 70’s, Bo recalls part of his childhood playing on the early grounds of what was to become Casula Powerhouse. Now Bo is Senior Creative Producer for FCAC, working across a diverse range of arts and cultural programs. He continues to be an independent producer having delivered the Global Poetics Tour with New York City poets Jive Poetic, Mahogany L. Browne and Ken Arkind, was executive producer for Ajak Kwai’s Of Cows, Women and War at La Mama, and delivered his first two independent festival programs the St Kilda Writers’ Festival in 2005 and 2006.
In 2013, Bo graduated with his practice-based PhD ‘Local Identity: Global Focus’ from RMIT’s School of Art, which related to his experiences working on a local Indigenous festival and explored the notion of reciprocity. In his PhD Bo discussed five key festival impacts from programs he was involved in establishing; including CONFINED an Indigenous prison art exhibition, marshalling and hosting, an Indigenous media scholarship, festival environmental sustainability and revitalizing ceremony through contemporary dance. His PhD presented the extension of his artistic practice as festival artistry and highlighted the complex nature of intangible cultural heritage, festival contact zones, local government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
A regular guest lecturer from RMIT’s School of Business and Community Arts program, Bo enjoys speaking with students and sharing his knowledge. Prior to beginning at FCAC, Bo was the lead researcher for setting up the City of Port Phillip’s (CoPP) Indigenous Arts Action Plan, and between 2006 and 2010 was CoPP’s Indigenous Arts Officer. During that time Bo co-founded the Yalukit Wilum Ngargee: People Place Gathering festival, which his PhD is based on. Bo has worked in London for the Mean Fiddler on Glastonbury, Reading and Phoenix Festivals, was a festival production assistant for Future Entertainment, and provided production, administrative and consultation services for multiple festival programs. Previous board engagements include the Next Wave festival, Chairman of WELL Theatre, executive member of The Torch and general member of the Sustainable Event Alliance.
Over the years Bo has been a performer and MC for a range of festival programs. He was the enigmatic host of the Adelaide Festival club’s Naughty Corner, been a radio host for the Big West Festival’s Mobile Radio, MC’d a couple St Kilda Festival stages and provided cooking demonstrations for the Melbourne Show. In 2009 Bo received the Fringe Festival Falls Award for his production ‘Letters To Isaac’ directed by Scott Gooding at Federation Square’s BMW Edge, was an instrumental performer in the absurdist theatre company The Institute of Pataphysical Studies and performed for a number of cabarets and spoken word events. In 2003 Bo received a Diploma in Small Companies and Community Theatre from Victoria University, and continues to feel proud of his Western suburbs roots.
Bo self-published his first series of creative writings ‘The Book of Myoclonik Jerkz’ in 2014, constructs creative multimedia content for different digital platforms, enjoys slow-exposure photography and is a chef by trade who continues to stay in the game when he can.