Lillian Banks, Yawuru, Broome

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Lillian Banks, Yawuru, Broome

Bangarra Dance Theatre Principal Dancer

In 2013, Lillian left her hometown Broome and travelled across the country to study dance at NAISDA Dance College in Sydney. She was applauded for her thoughtful contemporary solo in the college’s graduation showcase and following this, Lillian joined Bangarra Dance Theatre in 2018 as a recipient of the Russell Page Graduate Program.

Lillian has fond memories of watching Bangarra productions at Sydney Opera House and remains excited to perform alongside dancers that constantly inspired her throughout her training.

An opportunity Lillian will cherish forever is being part of the Cathy Freeman documentary film, FREEMAN. As a Kimberley girl, having the chance to perform a story close to home is very special to her. The experience of going On Country to learn dances from the Elders is a highlight for Lillian and she always looks forward to returning the work back to the community.

Lillian is passionate about teaching, educating and leading the way for the next generation and hopes to be an inspiration to anyone striving to achieve their dreams.


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How Unleashing the Power of 60,000+ Years of Storytelling Is Igniting Indigenous Leadership

WED, OCT 18, 12:30 PM
This inspiring session explores how better career and educational outcomes can be achieved for young First Nations people through stronger connection to First Nations culture, country and the arts. The traditional Western model of education is failing for our First Nations peoples and through the stories of 3 impressive young First Nations leaders we explore how NAISDA (Australia’s National training institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) takes a radically different approach by putting Indigenous culture at the core of a more effective education model. Traditional Western tertiary education achieves a course completion rate of 38% amongst our First Nations peoples whereas culture based training is achieving 75% course completion. The focus of this session is the careers and entrepreneurship in the arts sector that is being delivered from this culture based training approach. You will be inspired by these young Indigenous leaders and what is possible when you enable them to reconnect with their culture.
We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the Traditional Custodians of this land we now call Sydney, where this event will take place. We pay our respects to their continuing connection with cultural, spiritual and educational practices, and extend this respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Always was, always will be.
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