06. 03. 2018
Voices from 2028: Kirsty Williams
Four creative young people shared a letter from the future with the Country Arts SA whole of staff gathering in February, 2018.
This letter is from Kirsty Williams.
Kirsty Williams is a proud Kaurna, Nurrungar and Ngarrindjeri woman. She is a mother and performer and member of, Of Desert & Sea Dance, a contemporary dance collective of Aboriginal creatives. She has also recently started with Carclew as an Arts Admin trainee.
Dear Kirsty (2018),
It’s the first day of January 2028 and I’m looking back over the goals and aspirations you had for us way back in 2018.
Back in 2018, we wrote:
The things that were important:
Being able to provide access to culture, education, and study, employment pathways for my indigenous community here in South Australia. It’s a priority’s being a Kaurna, Nurrungar and Ngarrindjeri woman. It is really important to me to see the next generation of our people succeed and accomplish their dreams.
What I want, is for the world to be a better place for the generations coming after me, and for the generation’s after that, and it to keep improving years to come.
What I wanted to do was manage a theatre company that specialises in aboriginal culture. That would also give me that power to provide the right education and resources for my indigenous community, in ways that no other school is able to. Every indigenous person would be entitled to have easy access to their culture. In my theatre company I will prioritise teaching, sharing song and dance about our environment, language, art and food. It will be the theatre company that tells our stories to all Australians and provides real education for our youth, right here in South Australia.
Ten years later In 2028,
The theatre company is successful and growing.
We’ve built a thriving educational program attached to professionals that specialise in dance and theatre development. We’ve worked alongside incredible artists, producers, cultural Elders and leaders from all over Australia. We produce the famous Blak Night event that takes place every year, amongst lots of other cultural events. We then took on a mentoring role for the next upcoming producer.
The company’s performing artists are touring internationally or interstate once a year. And we’re just about to present our third work at Adelaide’s largest Festival. Now we are creating real employment and pathways for youth. Not to mention the employment programs and more support for students to get their certificates 2 & 3. Our work is playing a big role in educating and connecting other Australians to our proud Indigenous history.
We got here by hard work, by being brave and taking risks and believing in ourselves. But it also took a lot of help from our own mentors. We had the public’s support and opportunities from many artists who invited us to share their spaces, skills, ideas and resources.
I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished and built for our town. The next ten years is looking brighter for our people and will continue to expand. Don’t give up, keep working hard and dreaming big.
Lots of love
Kirsty Williams (2028)
IMAGE: Kirsty performing (supplied)