COUNTRY involves a series of gatherings, including a pre-event get-together, the event and continued conversations.

 

Expectations 

Registration for COUNTRY will require some pre-work. Participants will be required to read, listen to, or watch a set amount of material and there will be further material encouraged to make the most of the COUNTRY experience.  

Attendance at COUNTRY will require participation. Participants will need to be prepared to join in the conversation in a reciprocal way, with respect, practicing deep listening and engaging in the discussion. 

Participation at COUNTRY will require presence. No pens, paper, phones, devices will be permitted, and it is expected that participants are fully immersed in the experience of engaging with COUNTRY. 


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Thursday 13th October

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Sunday 16th October

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Thursday 13th October

 

Time

Thursday - the below tours are ticketed events and attendance numbers are limited. Registration for theses tours is now closed.

7:30am-
2:00pm-
Mt Coot-tha walk and Botanical Gardens tour. This half-day tour will explore the Mt Coot-tha summit, the Spotted Gum Walking Trail and the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. Local landscape architect, Philip Kleinschmidt will talk on the Queensland Conservation Garden – an expansion of the Botanical Gardens as part of the legacy way project. Tour includes return bus from South Bank and lunch with local indigenous foods at the Garden. Thanks to our National Corporate Partner, Christie Barbecues, for supporting this tour. Registration link has been sent to Festival participants. 
8:00am-2:30pm Nyanda Cultural Half Day Tour. Join us at Nar-dha, Nudgee Waterholes as Madonna Thompson and her family from Nyanda Cultural Tours take us for a walk on country.  Madonna will take attendees on a tour through the bush food garden and onto the waterhole, sharing her deep knowledge and stories about her culture and clan and caring for country. Thanks to our National Corporate Partner,  Proludic, for supporting this tour.
1:00pm- 3:15pm Walking tour: West End – to Fish Lane. Starting in Bunyapa Park in West End, this tour will take in the public art and local projects of the vibrant West End and South Brisbane suburbs starting in West End and walking back through Fish Lane to South Brisbane. The tour will also feature AILA Fellow John Mongard as our host in West. Registration Link has been sent to Festival participants. 
3:00pm-4:00pm QUT CAMPUS TO COUNTRY TOUR. Join QUT Elder-in-Residence and Aboriginal man from Yugara, Goenpul and Gubbi Gubbi Country Mr Gregory Egert (Uncle Cheg) on a tour of the Gardens Point campus to learn about the university’s approach to transforming its campuses in ways that seek to foster greater recognition and understanding of Australia’s First Nations People and the historic and cultural significance of the land QUT inhabits.  Limited places available for this free tour held on behalf of our Festival Partner, QUT.
3:3pm-4:30pm Public Art Walk. Explore South Brisbane's intriguing and though provoking public art collection on a walking tour guided by Blaklash Creative, including special guest Fiona Foley discussing her artwork, Black Opium.  Included as part of your registration, RSVP essential. 
5pm Official Welcome to Country followed by light refreshments to be held at Riverside Green, South Bank.  Included as part of your registration, RSVP essential. 

Friday 14th October

 

Time

Friday

7:45am Registration & breakfast
9:00am COUNTRY Welcome by Aunty Kerry
9:30am AILA President Welcome by Claire Martin
9:40am Festival framing and session overview by Tristan Schultz
9:55am Conversation 1: The Meaning of Country - Elders in Conversation with Aunty Kerry and Uncle Cheg
11:25am Early lunch
12:35pm Conversation 2: Decolonising thoughts: unlearning to learn. With Fiona Foley, Jefa Greenaway, Danièle Hromek and Ripeka Walker. Facilitated by Tristan Schultz
1:25pm Conversation 2: Breakout session
2:25pm Afternoon tea
2:55pm Conversation 3: Designing with Country I: Paradigms and interdisciplinarity. With Angela Barney-Leitch, Des Cloake, Megan Cope, Jordan Eaton, Paul Herzich and Elisapeta Heta. Facilitated by Kevin O'Brien
3:55pm Conversation 3: Breakout session
4:55pm Day one wrap up 
6:30pm 2022 AILA National Landscape Architecture Awards | Awards Cocktail Function at the State Library of Queensland. This is a paid, ticketed event. Registration is now closed

Saturday 15th October

 

Time

Saturday

8:40am Registration
9:00am Conversation 4: Designing with Country II: Shifting paradigms - government to community. With Elle Davidson, Deb Duthie, Alayna Pakinui Rā and Carol Vale. Facilitated by Greg Kitson
10:00am
Conversation 4: Breakout session
11:00am Morning tea
11:30am Conversation 5: Indigenising Practice: First Nations Agency. With Georgia Birks, Troy Casey, Tom Day, Craig Kerslake, Erin McDonald and Jake Nash. Facilitated by Sarah Lynn Rees
12:30pm Conversation 5: Breakout session 
1:30pm Lunch
2:30pm Conversation 6: Future - Country in practice. With Laree Barney, Nathan Brandrick, Owen Cafe, Ezra Jacobs-Smith and Mackenzie Saddler. Facilitated by Kaylie Salvatori
4:00pm Afternoon tea
4:30pm Festival summation by Tristan Schultz
4:50pm Closing remarks by Troy Casey

5:30pm-
8:00pm

The Street Furniture Australia After Party held at Plough Inn, South Bank. This is a ticketed event, registration is now closed

Sunday 16th October

 

Time

Sunday - the below tours are ticketed events and attendance numbers are limited. Registration for theses tours is now closed.

7:30am-12:00pm Archerfield Wetlands Parkland tour. This half-day tour will visit Archerfield Wetlands Parkland tour (part of the Oxley Creek Transformation), a 150 hectares and contains a variety of habitats including eucalypt forest, open grassland, freshwater wetlands and creeks.  On the way back to South Bank, we will make a short stop at the Ecosciences Precinct at the Boggo Road Urban Village before returning to South Bank for lunch, courtesy of ACO Australia.
10:30am-11:30am Public Art Walk. By popular demand, we are now giving you two time options to join this tour to explore indigenous Public Art at South Bank with Blaklash.  This Sunday session is family friendly as well, so please indicate any extra guests you plan on bringing.


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