Celebrations of Love: podcast

Sista Zai

In this podcast, Sista Zai Zanda explores a love story between First Nations and Hungarian cultures. Paola and Anthony Balla explain how they met, how they learnt from each other and how culture and family influences how they live and love today.

Paola and Anthony Balla with their son Katen

Paola Balla is a Wemba-Wemba & Gunditjmara woman & also of Italian & Chinese bloodlines. She is a visual artist, curator, writer, lecturer & has her Doctorate from Victoria University & lectures with Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Centre. Her art & research focuses on Black women’s art & activism. Paola works in community arts & is a regular guest speaker & published writer. Paola has a Bachelor of Education-Nyerna Studies-Indigenous Major, VU, Post Grad Dip & Masters Community Cultural Development Praxis.

Anthony Balla acknowledges his privilege as a white settler and son of a Hungarian refugee. He is an educator at Victoria University & lectures pre-service teachers in education, technologies and creative practices. Anthony was a public programs officer at Melbourne Museum for 19 years, including producing programs, shows and events in the Children’s Museum and Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Anthony has a Bachelor of Arts Kyinandoo, and a Grad Diploma in Education. He’s currently completing his Masters of Education.

This conversation is based on Welcoming Australia’s Campfire Stories event series, funded by the Victorian Government through the Department of Premier and Cabinet. 

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