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From Fifth to First – More than Access


From Fifth to First, a disability-led forum covering the lives and cultures of people with disabilities, is more about action than access. Through a series of discussions, panels and presentations, participants will have the opportunity to drive conversation and develop actionable outcomes.

Day One: Conversation and Working Groups
Friday 10 August, 10am – 4pm
(Exclusive for self-identified people with disabilities, and their carers and support workers)

Day Two: Presentations and Panel Discussions
Saturday 11 August, 1pm – 4pm
(Open to the general public)

Click here for the Forum Schedule

VENUE: FCAC Performance Space
COST: Free, registration required


In the interest of creating a more widely accessible event, we are trialling fragrance free spaces. We ask that you consider not using strongly scented items for the duration of the forum. This includes perfumes, aftershaves, scented hand soaps, hair product, or essential oils, as well as clothing that has been exposed to these above items.

This will ensure the safety and comfort of your fellow participants.

If you have any questions regarding this request, please contact Hannah Morphy-Walsh at hannah@footscrayarts.com or call Reception on (03) 9362 8888.


Melena Atkinson is a Queer Torres Strait Islander and Yorta Yorta academic, currently studying at the University of Melbourne. She is fascinated by the representation of different cultures and people, particularly from a socio-political perspective. She hopes to share her experiences as an intersectional academic and learn from other diverse standpoints.

Trevor Dunn trained with Victorian College of the Arts as an Animature in 1996. Trevor helped found Weave Movement Theatre 1998. Trevor has been a dancer/ performer with Weave and with the Disability Slapstick Plan David Woods Project. Currently Trevor is a Teaching Artist or Engagement Worker for Artlife at Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Emma J. Hawkins has been performing since the age of ten. Her first memory of being onstage was chasing a boy with a frying pan! Since then she has performed across Australia and internationally in many events, festivals and productions, from Shakespeare to burlesque and all things in between. She has won over the hearts of children in Big Bad Wolf as Heidi Hood. She featured in the Malthouse play The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man. She has been nominated for a Green Room award for her role as Fleck in Love Never Dies and as a dancer in White Day Dream (Weave Theatre Movement). She has even run away with the circus as a tap dancing, stilt walking acrobat (CircusOz).

Emma has produced her own award-winning productions through her company Atypical Theatre, including her one-woman show I am not a Unicorn!. Emma has been a keen advocate for fair representation for artists with disability in Australian theatre, film and TV. She is a member of the newly formed Performers with Disability Committee through equity.

Kochava Lilit (they/them) is a queer and disability rights activist who absolutely loves being autistic, ADHD, and Jewish. They have presented on disability, queer rights, and culture at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Limmud Oz, and the United Nations. They can be found at www.queerjewishcrip.com and @queerjewishcrip on Twitter.

Jax Jacki Brown is a disability and LGBTI consultant, writer, spoken word performer, public speaker, disability sexuality educator and workshop designer and facilitator. Through her presentations at conferences and universities, and her extensive publications, she provides a powerful insight into the reasons why society needs to change, rather than people with disabilities.

From Fifth to First is supported by State Trustees Australia Foundation.
State Trustees Australia Foundation B&W

1- Women of the World Festival 2017. Image by Shuttermain.

Date & Times


Start: Friday, 10 August 2018 10:00 am

End: Saturday, 11 August 2018 4:00 pm


FCAC Performance Space


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