Rhoda Roberts AO is the first Indigenous art curator for Parrtjima – A Festival in Light, which aims to raise the profile of local Aboriginal artists nationally and in time internationally by sharing their outstanding work and rich culture with the world.
Roberts will work closely with the Parrtjima Festival Reference Group, AGB Events, local Aboriginal artists and 40 art centres from across the desert region to develop the narrative for the 10-day event that celebrates the magnificent Aboriginal art of Central Australia.
Among her achievements, Roberts was Creative Director of the Awakening Segment at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Director of Sydney New Year's Eve (2008-2011), founder and Festival Director of The Dreaming (1994-2009), host of Deadly Sounds national weekly radio program (1992-2014), producer of Aboriginal media company Vibe Australia (1992-2014) and co-founder the Aboriginal National Theater Trust.
She has been involved with many communities in the Territory and her family has strong ties with North East Arnhem Land. Under Yolngu way she is regarded as Gudurrku (brolga) from the Yirritja attached to the Gumatj. She has spent a great deal of time in Alice Springs and Darwin in her years as a journalist and film producer and working on arts events including Garma Festival and Darwin Festival.
“Parrtjima means shedding both light and understanding, but it’s much more. It’s the generosity and spirit of a peoples who have and always will care for country and for the many travellers who visit this timeless land,”
Rhoda Roberts AO