“It’s a business in itself, it’s economic, but it’s just so vital and once more Australians actually see the world and the art through our lens, it will make us all make richer.”
The roster includes live performances from electric soul outfit Bow and Arrow and the Muggera Dance Party, where stars of popular TV show Move it Mob Style will invite audiences to learn contemporary Indigenous and hip-hop infused dance moves.
Ms Roberts said First Nations performers, like many artists, had been hit hard by the pandemic, with many ineligible for government support payments.
“My heart aches when I think of the number of artists that we would have been employing in a month.”
She said the upside of shifting to the digital realm was the ability to reach a broader demographic and create a more intimate audience experience.
“It’s really given us an opportunity to not only show the diversity of work that we would’ve had booked in the venues, but now we’re able to bring those artists into people’s lounge rooms and that’s really exciting,” she said.
“We’re still able to provide our audiences with great content and I think that’s very uplifting, particularly in these times of such unknown.”