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8 Mar 2018 | 10.00am - 2.30pm

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Join us for a comprehensive day of empowering discussion and professional advocacy by leading industry figures from Western Sydney. Topical panels will be presented by women in the areas of Music, Arts, Business and Politics.

Each session will be followed by Q&As, with lunchtime performances and food provided.


  • Yarmila Alfonzetti
Yarmila Alfonzetti has recently stepped down from her role as Chief Executive Officer of Sydney Youth Orchestras to take up the new position of Executive Director, State Opera of South Australia. Formerly Head of External Relations for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and prior to that Head of Classical Music at Sydney Opera House, Yarmila specialises in the management of classical music business and the programming of international orchestras, new music and chamber music. Her annual chamber music program, the Utzon Music Series for Sydney Opera House, is now in its 11th year. Yarmila is also the Classical Music Associate for the Perth International Arts Festival programming a broad range of international and local musicians each year.
Yarmila sits on the Helpmann Classical & Opera Panel, the ACO Peer Review Panel and the Board of the MARCS Institute of Brain Development at Western Sydney University. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Musicology (Hons), and a Masters of Project Management from the University of Sydney. When she is not listening to music, thinking about music or talking about music, Yarmila likes to argue with her three acerbic adult daughters and practice yoga.
  • Amelia Jenner
Amelia Jenner is FBi Radio’s new Music Director and the third to be appointed since the station launched in 2003. Now in its 15th year F Bi Radio is an independent youth broadcaster dedicated to the music, arts & culture of Sydney. Playing 50% Australian music, with half of that from Sydney.
As Music Director, Amelia is responsible for shaping the sound of FBi Radio through music programming, interviews and all music-focused content on air and online.
Amelia has been involved with the station as a volunteer since 2012, presenting on air since 2014. She currently hosts The Playlist (Mondays 1-3pm) and Body Promise (Tuesday 6-8pm).
Through her dedication to these programs and her industry experience, Amelia has a strong track record for championing new sounds and fostering young talent. She brings industry connections and knowledge from previous positions as Marketing Manager at both Inertia Music and Ableton Liveschool.
  • Kween G
Renowned for potent content, Kween G delivers dynamic style as an MC, performer and Hip Hop artist. Kween G makes music that excites, entertains, and enlightens her listeners – often described as “consciousness-raising”. Her fighting spirit – for women’s rights and those in disadvantaged communities – courage and humility have earned her respect across the country. In strong demand as a MC, performer and event host, Kween G is a community icon
  • Carly Roberts
Kali is Sydney club life’s saving grace. A seasoned DJ having spent decades in the booth, her unrelenting energy and elevated taste has masterminded local institution Picnic. Approaching its 10th year, Picnic has established itself as a name that pleasure seekers and dance music enthusiasts can trust. The versatile empire exists as an event series, touring company, venue booker, music curator and the Kali-hosted FBi FM radio show.

Presenting world-class acts DJ Harvey, Young Marco, Soichi Terada, DJ Sprinkles and Underground Resistance to the most appreciative audiences, Picnic always places an emphasis on the local scene, building a party from the ground up. Kali’s unwavering loyalty to Australian artists is best highlighted by the One Night Stand series. These carefully considered nights find a local selector guide the dancefloor from open to close, with Andrew Weatherall being the only international (at the penultimate Sydney Opera House), alongside unforgettable 8 hour marathons from Tornado Wallace, HMC, Ben Fester, Simon Caldwell and herself.

While Picnic is ultimately about booking the right DJ for the right party, Kali’s self-guided sense of responsibility has also birthed another series - HER. A platform for awe-inspiring established and emerging female artists to do their thing, HER alumni includes Lena Willikens, Jayda G and a string of likeminded supports.

Playing quality techno, house and disco at Sydney Festival, Subsonic, Vivid Sydney, Astral People’s Summer Dance and Mad Racket, Kali’s music endeavours aren’t limited to after dark. Her curatorial finesse has been sought after by the Icebergs Group (Icebergs, Da Orazio, The Dolphin Hotel and Da Maria Bali) and Harpoon Harry, of which she oversees both as Music Director. Of course you can always stream her two Boiler Room sets at any time of day.


  • Inu Rana
Inu Rana is a Senior Business Advisor with LaunchPad, Western Sydney University. Inu is a highly experienced business owner and professional advisor with over 16 years of experience working with a both large and small businesses in range of industries including, industrial design, arts, pharmaceuticals, advanced manufacturing, and professional services.
Inu has worked both in Australia and internationally developing and delivering specialised training and mentoring, speaking at conferences and consulting peak industry and government bodies on areas such as business growth and productivity. Currently she is also pursuing a PhD from the Western Sydney University.
  • Councillor Charishma Kalyinda
Charishma Kaliyanda was raised in Liverpool after, like many other Liverpool residents, migrating to the area with her family as a young girl.
She is a registered Occupational Therapist and currently works for headspace – the national youth mental foundation, to build awareness of and reduce stigma around mental health and well-being so that young people can access the help they need in the community.  Charishma has worked with young people across many industries to build skills and capacities in the last 10 years.
She brings to Council skills and experience in community engagement, advocacy, policy development, administration, volunteering, board membership as well as a passion and commitment to moving Liverpool forward.

Charishma believes the growth of Liverpool lies in the ability of our Councillors to be transparent, accountable and approachable.
  • Dolla Merrillees
Dolla Merrillees was appointed Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in April 2016. Prior to this appointment, Dolla was Director of Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions at MAAS. She was appointed to this role in January 2014.
Dolla brings a strong track record of curatorial leadership to the role as well as a highly respected reputation for rethinking and representing collections and delivering innovative exhibitions.
Her career also spans managing and developing exhibitions, public and educational programs and collections at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Powerhouse Museum; disseminating information on sectoral issues at the Australia Council for the Arts; exhibition management at the Biennale of Sydney; and a five year tenure at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, a not-for-profit organization championing research, education and exhibitions of significant and innovative contemporary visual practice from Australia, the Asia-Pacific and West Asia.


  • Emele Ugavule
Emele is a Tokelauan (Te Kaiga Ona Lomatutua, Nukunonu) Fijian (Kaideuba, Navua) woman, born in Aotearoa (Takapuna, New Zealand) and living on Gadigal lands of the Eora Nation (Sydney, Australia). She is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts & the National Institute of Dramatic Art. She has performed live with Solange Knowles & the Chinati Foundation, The Joan, Griffin Theatre Company, Belvoir St and at Black Girl Magic, Yirramboi Festival, Transoceanic Visual Exchange. She has also worked in film and television, featuring in ABC and Playmaker Media’s series, The Code. Emele’s visual art and film has exhibited in Australia & Barbados. She recently produced the AV series, The Places We Call Home, for Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIIC), Cowbird & PBS. As an Art director & photographer Emele has worked with the likes of Ngaiire, Wallace, Ric Rufio, Kate Wadey & The New Venusians ; as a videographer shes worked for Fluir. Emele also has a passion for fashion and design and has  styled, designed and made costumes for Sampa the Great. As a theatremaker and producer Emele has shared talanoa via Out of the Box, Huffington Post, and Audrey Journal. She is currently an Associate Producer of Q Theatre’s New Works + Development at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Co-Artistic Director of Black Birds and the Creative Director of Talanoa.
  • Caroline Garcia
Caroline Garcia (Sydney, NSW) is a culturally promiscuous, interdisciplinary artist. She works across live performance and video through a hybridised aesthetic of cross-cultural dance, ritual practice, new media, and the sampling of popular culture and colonial imagery.
Caroline’s practice is shaped by alterity. In her work, she centers peripheral bodies by adopting the role of shape shifter - sliding into the gaps between cultures, experiences of otherness, and timeless clich├ęs of exotic femininity. She takes an intersectional approach to contemporary dance (read: twerking), the politics of diasporic identity and notions of cultural piracy. She is concerned with reimagining forgotten choreographies, alternate ways of viewing images of the past that eschew classical myths, and the mimetic capacities of the Filipina.
Caroline has presented at The Art Gallery of NSW, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Institute of Modern Art (QLD), The Art Gallery of Western Australia and Fremantle Arts Centre for Proximity Festival (WA), Underbelly Arts Festival, Channels: The Australian Video Art Festival (VIC), Junction Arts Festival (TAS), and Art Month Sydney, among others. She has exhibited at the ACMI, CCP, The Substation, Firstdraft, Sydney Contemporary, The Sydney Film Festival Hub, BLINDSIDE, Blacktown Arts Centre, Penrith Regional Gallery, and UTS ART. Caroline’s latest work Flygirl,was recently developed at The Curtis R. Priem EMPAC Residency in New York, facilitated by Australia Council for the Arts, and she will be performing in the Manila Biennale and Hong Kong Art Central in 2018.
  • Claudia Nicholson
Claudia Nicholson was born in Bogota, Colombia. Inherent to her practice is a desire to connect to her heritage through performative and commemorative actions. In 2014 Nicholson participated in the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art Beijing studio residency with Shen Shaomin and was an artist in residence at Firstdraft Gallery and Throwdown Press. Nicholson was recently awarded the Freedman Foundation Travelling Art Scholarship and in will travel to Guatemala to research pre-Columbia ceramics and to see the alfombras de asseron (sawdust carpets) made for Semana Santa. This year she will be part of safARI festival Sydney as well as work with C3West and Power House Youth Theatre on the project Women Of Fairfield.
  • Catherine McGuire-Donvito
Co-founder, producer and supervising Psychologist for Treehouse Threatre, a refugee theatre company which collaborates with high schools based in Western Sydney. They use a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy and narrative therapy to support the recovery of refugee young people from their trauma, validating their experiences through the public performance of their own true stories. With bi-annual performance seasons, they have performed to over 26 000 people in Greater Sydney, giving a human face to Australia's refugee 'crisis'.
  • Lizzy Marshall
Lizzy Marshall is a Western Sydney based curator, educator and writer. Her curatorial practice focuses on the subversive layers of resilience in human beings under the pressure of the imperceptible “small compromissions” of society.
Working collaboratively with artists through conceptual frameworks Marshall curates responsive exhibitions that play on resonance and active engagement through the audience experience. Investigations include site-responsiveness and the permeability of the museum walls and collections. Her exhibition making extends beyond traditional frameworks to encompass heritage buildings, object dense museums, a pristine rainforest, architecturally significant homes, interior and exterior of regional built environments, and most recently a former industrial site.
Lizzy is the Acting Curator of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Liverpool.  Formally she was the Public Arts Officer for Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Within this role she was the Curator of the inaugural Turbine Hall Commission featuring Fiona Davies’ Blood on Silk: Last Seen. She has held positions with The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin City Gallery – The Hugh Lane, The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, Sculpture at Scenic World, as well as consulting positions for Macquarie University Art Gallery and The National Trust – NSW. She has been a sessional lecturer for UNSW School of Art & Design since 2015 and is regularly commissioned to write for publications including Architecture Ireland, Art & Australia and Artlink Magazine.

Event Information

LocationCasula Powerhouse
Arts Centre

Duration4 hrs


CostFree admission
RSVP essential

Phone02 9824 1121


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