“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.”
A Widjubul woman from the Bundjalung territories, Rhoda Roberts AO is currently Head of First Nations Programming, Sydney Opera House, Festival Director, Boomerang Festival and Creative Director Parrtjima Festival ( NT). An experienced motivated and versatile arts executive, with a diverse range of international and national industry practice within commercial, community and non-profit organisations.
Rhoda was the founder and Festival Director of the Dreaming Festivals (1995-2009) A practicing weaver, actor, independent producer and director, she continues to work as a consultant across diverse disciplines and is a sought after speaker and performer in theatre, film, television and radio.
Natives Go Wild, a new production was written and conceived by Rhoda and she is currently writing a new play featuring Lydia Miller, Mother- Daughter Radiance (Working Title) . Rhoda is also the director for the feature films Balang with Wild Pacific Films and in development with Bukal ( the life of Henrietta Maree) in association with Julie Nihill. Her work also extends to large scale installations and events including the 2019 Sydney NYE event and Vivid 2020 with the lighting of the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylons.