Upset over delayed Welcome to Country at Green Room Awards, ceremonial leader seeking apology

The Green Room Awards Association has landed itself in hot water following the unexplained delay of the Welcome to Country speech at its recent Awards Ceremony.
Photo: Felix Mooneeram, Unsplash. An empty theatre with red chairs.

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As the “night of nights” for Melbourne’s performing arts community, the 41st annual Green Room Awards was hosted on 8 April at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre. But this year’s ceremony got off to a rocky start, and has landed the Association in hot water over the severe delay of the Welcome To Country speech. 

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Jessi Ryan (they/them) has been creating performance and exhibitions for the past 20 years, both locally, nationally and abroad- in this time collaborating with a huge number of artists from a broad cross section of cultural backgrounds. As a journalist they have written for and been published by some of Australia’s leading arts and news editorial across the last 10 years-and was recognised as a finalist for Globe Community Media Award in 2021. Ryan has also taken photos for a number of print and online publications.