The First Peoples-led festival committed to developing First People’s stories

The 10th anniversary of Yellamundie Festival brings a First Peoples' lens to First Peoples' storytelling.

For Townsville playwright and performer Shannon Jensen, a descendent of the Gunggandji people of Yarrabah, the opportunity to have her in-development play Watersong workshopped and shown at Yellamundie Festival is hugely important.

‘Being up here in Townsville … we just we don’t have anything like that. So for a regional First Nations writer, something like [the Festival] is an amazing opportunity … that you just don’t get up in North Queensland. It gives you access to First Nations writers and directors and producers that you otherwise would not have access to, and the knowledge that they’re going to be able to give me is, I hope, just going to further my play,’ Jensen tells ArtsHub.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts