Dr Richard Walley
Dr. Richard Walley, OAM is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal performers and writers. He is the founder of Middar Aboriginal Theatre which, since it began in 1978, has brought the Nyoongar culture to 32 different countries.
Richard became involved with Aboriginal politics at an early age, having active involvement in the formation and operation of the Aboriginal Housing Board, the Aboriginal Medical Service, Legal Service and the New Era Aboriginal Fellowship.
Through his involvement, Richard first became aware of the potential of Aboriginal culture to give the Nyoongar people a sense of pride and identity. This awareness grew throughout the years, as Richard ‘learned’ about his own culture, moving into the world of Theatre and the Arts.
Richard will be talking at the festival’s ‘Kwoorabup Opening Ceremony’, as well as a musician during the weekend, on guitar and didgeridoo, with his brother Fred Penny.
Find more information about Richard's website.