The Count's

Our inaugural thought leadership festival, Learn. Lead. Change. will commence at 3pm with a Welcome to Country by Aunty Carolyn Briggs, followed by a short performance by The Merindas at The Count’s.

Aunty Carolyn Briggs is a Boonwurrung elder from Victoria. She established Australia’s first Aboriginal child care centre in Dandenong in the 1970s and is chair of the Boonwurrung Foundation, which was established to connect Aboriginal youth to their heritage.

Trailblazing with their innovative style of Indigenous music, Ballardong Whadjuk and Nyoongar woman Kristel Kickett and Candice Lorrae of Jawoyn and Thursday Island heritage are The Merindas. Formed in 2012 to sing motown hits for the premiere of The Sapphires movie, what was supposed to be a one-off show became a full time career. The Merindas now produce their own music and play festivals and their live shows have earned them rave reviews.

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