LGBTQIA+ First Nation artists open their 'hearts' to the livestreaming community on Bigo Live 

[by Susanna Te]

Artist Jenny Faser - Photo Credit Sharon

Artist Jenny Fraser. Image: Sharon Hickey

Bigo Live, one of the world's fastest-growing, community first livestreaming platforms, has partnered with Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative to host a special 'Heart Talk Show' with First Nation LGBTQIA+ artists to explore how identity and culture are expressed from the heart. 

Kamilaroi artist Dennis Golding, Kuku Midigi artist Arone Meeks and Yugambeh Country artist Jenny Fraser from Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative opened their hearts to the livestreaming community during a live talk show event. 

The Heart Talk Show event coincides with the 'Heart' exhibition, curated by Kamilaroi artist, Dennis Golding exploring visual narratives of queer Indigenous identities, their artwork and the social and cultural themes they hold close to their hearts.

"As a community-first social networking platform, Bigo Live is invested in ensuring the voices of all Australians no matter their gender, sexual or cultural identities are being heard. This collaboration with First Nation and LGBTQIA+ artists helps encourage like-minded communities to stay connected and share their experiences in a safe space," said a Bigo Live ANZ spokesperson.


Kamilaroi artist Dennis Golding curated the 25-piece ‘Heart' exhibition with visual artwork from 13 Indigenous artists sharing their stories and interpretation of love, pride, healing and truths of how the heart has been broken over time. The exhibiting artists include Peta-Joy Williams, Nebbi Boii, Jeffrey Samuels, Peter Waples-Crowe, Ella Noah Bancroft, Kirilly Dawn, Arone Meeks, Jenny Fraser, Jasmine Sarin, Jessica Johnson, Luke Close, Dennis Golding and Kyra Kum-Sing.


"Heart is an exhibition that explores visual narratives of queer Indigenous identities, contemporary experience and reflections of history. Members from Boomalli and invited artists each developed a concept of the theme 'heart' which are presented as love letters of life. The artworks share stories of love, pride, healing, and truths of how the heart has been broken over time. From experimental, emerging and senior practices, the range of artists present their 'heart' as a celebration of strength, culture and identity,” said Kamilaroi artist Dennis Golding.


The Heart Talk Show session included an exclusive Q&A with First Nation and LGBTQIA+ artists, Arone Meeks, Dennis Golding, Jenny Fraser discussing their artworks, themes relating to their hearts and exploring the parallels of art and livestreaming as a form of expression and connection. 


The Heart Talk Show was livestreamed recently on Bigo Live ANZ, and the talk show event is available to view here:


With over 1.3 million subscribers across the ANZ region and a 20% sign-broadcaster increase month-on-month, Bigo Live is one of the world's fastest-growing, community-first social networking platforms that uses livestreaming technology to bring people together. Globally, the platform connects over 400 million users worldwide.


This livestreaming event hosted by Bigo Live dedicated to First Nation and LGBTQIA+ communities. Prior to this, Bigo Live has announced a series of LGBTQIA+ initiatives globally, including the recent 'Together We Rise' panel discussion with Antra and The Equality Project for Mardi Gras in Australia and an official corporate partnership with The Trevor Project and a #WeStandTogether event series in celebration of Pride Week in 2020.


Ground penetrating radar used in search for burial site of Yuggera man King Billy Turner

[Bazz Ruddick, ABC]

Mr Thompson and Ms Schollum hope the technology will help confirm what they have long believed — that Yuggera man King Billy Turner was buried in Shapcott Park in the late 1800s.

Her babies taken, this Indigenous woman died alone in a police cell

[Hilary Whiteman, CNN]

Stories like Maher's show the depths of disadvantage suffered by Indigenous people, many of whom are swept into the justice system at an early age, depriving them of an education and jobs, perpetuating social problems passed from one generation to the next.

Dogged, a new Australian work by Andrea James and Catherine Ryan

[by Isabella Feros]

The metaphors are huge and sometimes messy - as are the relationships between Black and White people in this country. To bring the fighting spirit of my grandmother's country onto the charged space of a stage has been so healing and I know that our audiences will feel some of the beauty of my country too.