‘Storymakers’ to deliver digital summit
A DIGITAL summit is heading to local screens with experts in the industry revealing their tips for sourcing a great story.
Presented from Deakin University’s 360-degree immersive Nyaal Theatre, The Storymakers Institute will give virtual attendees the chance to unlock a diverse range of perspectives, experiences and knowledge.
The June 24 event will feature researcher and senior lecturer of Indigenous knowledges Tyson Yunkaporta, award-winning author Sue Lawson, stage and screen actor Bert LaBonté, journalist and editor Alice Pung, ABC Australian Story journalist Belinda Hawkins and award-winning ABC broadcaster, documentary maker and event host, Joel Carnegie.
Carnegie said telling stories was fundamental to being human, with the event set to equip attendees with what they need to become better storytellers.
“The Storymakers Institute will spark your imagination, challenge your ideas and encourage you to consider new possibilities,” he said.
“If you use stories as a creative, artist, writer, journalist, or communicator – or if you love stories and want to uncover ‘what makes a great story’ – then you won’t want to miss this virtual summit.”
Hosted from 10am to 4.30pm, each presenter will get to delve deeper into how “great” stories are made while touching on ethical dilemmas as well as the responsibilities of a storyteller.
Mayor Stephanie Asher said the summit will help attendees enhance their skills with insights from professionals.
“We are thrilled to be supporting The Storymakers Institute through the Arts & Culture Department’s Arts Industry Commissions program,” Cr Asher said.
“This digital summit is a terrific opportunity to hear from professional storymakers.
“It’s rare to hear such diverse perspectives on story making all in the one place, and I encourage you to attend what will be an intriguing and impactful summit.”
The day-long event will include a chance to ask the presenters questions as well as a virtual ‘Wayapa Wuurrk’ mindfulness session held by Dhudhuroa woman Thaedra Frangos.
The summit will also host an exclusive 30-minute performance from guitarists and composers Maximillian Rudd and Wemba Wemba.
Head to The Storymakers Institute website for more information.