The first-ever festival focused on Indigenous and culturally diverse Australian writers and writing.
Boundless is a biennial festival for Indigenous and culturally diverse writers presented by NSW Writers’ Centre and Bankstown Arts Centre, in collaboration with Sweatshop, WestWords, Urban Theatre Projects, Bankstown Youth Development Service, CuriousWorks and the Bankstown Poetry Slam. The all-day event includes performances, readings, panel discussions, audiovisual experiences, workshops for children and adults, and opportunities for audience members to mingle with the writers and purchase their books. Boundless is a free festival, so that as many people as possible are able to attend.
“By some measures, Australia is one of the most multicultural nations on the planet,” says Boundless speaker Benjamin Law. “We have over 300 languages spoken in our homes, one in 30 of us are Indigenous and half of us were either born overseas or have at least one migrant parent. Boundless is a showcase of those voices.”
The inaugural festival was held at Bankstown Arts Centre on Saturday 28 October 2017. The full program was made-up of a powerful lineup of local and interstate names — including Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Sarah Ayoub, Julie Koh, Benjamin Law, Luka Lesson, Hoa Pham, Ellen van Neerven, and Markus Zusak, amongst others. Alongside more established writers Boundless showcases young and emerging voices, reflecting the long-term commitment of the partner organisations in developing culturally diverse writers in Western Sydney. The program gives space to writing in many forms, highlighting the work and words of playwrights, authors, journalists, screenwriters, performance poets, and interdisciplinary practitioners.
Boundless is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW, the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and Pantera Press.