About Us

Cre8tive Nations is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and operated business that specialises in cultural knowledges, creative industries, education, training, special event projects and in working collaboratively to further enhance people and communities.

While Cre8tive Nations is inspired and empowered by First Nation culture and incorporates these protocols in all programmed events and projects, it supports diversity and works across all cultural groups.

Cre8tive Nations aims to support productive and sustainable communities, which promotes and preserves culture, diversity and equity. These are fundamental platforms and areas of focus for the business, its team members, artists, performers and educators.

Vision

Cre8tive Nations’ vision is to enhance and sustain people and community.

Our aims and objectives are:

Aims

  • Working with community for community.

  • Cultural integrity.

  • Building capacity and sustainability.

Objectives

  • We work from within community to assist, support and develop sustainable capability and capacity building projects.
  • We offer a diverse and robust pool of talented creative professionals, which specialise in all genres of music, dance, visual arts and culture.
  • Support industry with cultural perspectives which underpins all educational content and contexts.
  • Design and implement customised programs and projects for social inclusion.
  • We support collaborative and co-creative opportunities to engage and work with other First Nation artists, producers and events.

Meet The Team

Dita Southwood (nee Saylor)

Dita Southwood (nee Saylor)

Co-founder

Dita Southwood a Torres Strait Islander (Erub and Boigu), Aboriginal (Manbarra), Malayan, South Sea Islander woman has been working in the youth support, community and education areas for over 20 years. Supporting at risk youth, disability and aged community members, have inspired her passion to create inclusivity opportunities and programs.

LaVonne Bobongie

LaVonne Bobongie

Co-founder

Celebrating the life and legacy of LaVonne Bobongie who worked for community for community. Co-founder and Co-owner of Cre8tive Nations, LaVonne will live on in our hearts, events and programs eternally. Forever loved always…

LaVonne Bobongie is of Aboriginal (Olkola), South Sea Islander, Scottish, Fijian (Naibita, Viti Levu and Nasukamai, Viti Levu) and Chinese (Guangzhou) descent and has a heart for her community. A freelance photographer for 10 years she works closely with regional and remote communities, international and local music artists and visual artists to help tell their stories their way. She has also worked across multiple festivals, events, community organisations and educational institutions in many different capacities in SEQLD. 

Paula Dewis

Paula Dewis

Community Development Co-ordinator

Paula Dewis is of Aboriginal (Wuthathi), Torres Strait Islander (Boigu and Badu), Papua New Ginuea (Western Province and Buzi) and Malayan heritage background. Paula has the ability to communicate in both Aboriginal English and Torres Strait Creole. Paula has worked in urban and regional/remote communities, across all tiers of government and non-government organisation in a professional capacity.  Paula has participated on various Board and Committees in community development in ACT, NT, NSW and QLD.

George Waqairagata

George Waqairagata

Freelance Producer & Musician

George Waqairagata is of Fijian (Vukavu, Kadavu and Tavuki, Kadavu) background. George has had 11 years experience in youth work, working with youth groups, helping with youth personal development and youth counselling. George has also had experience in administration working in QLD Health for many years. A professional musician and producer for the last 14 years George has been involved in all aspects of music from choir directing to touring around Australia with local and international artists. George has a passion to bring the community together to reach their full potential in every aspect of life locally, nationally and internationally. 

Esther Taunoa

Esther Taunoa

Climate Change Ambassador

Esther Taunoa is Maori-Caucasian heritage with direct lineage to the Ngati Kahungunu iwi. Esther was a Maori Liaison Officer for MSD in the Wellington District and worked meticulously with graduating year 12 students about jobs options and financial support. Esther is a business partner to a recruitment company that works with youth and New Zealanders who have relocated to Australia. Esther is actively involved in events amongst the urban hip hop community and assisting with evolving this space in QLD.

Our Emerging Producers

Tia-Shonté Southwood

Tia-Shonté Southwood

Tia-Shonté Southwood is a Torres Strait Islander (Erub and Boigu), Aboriginal (Manbarra), Malayan, South Sea Islander. Tia-Shonté is an emerging artist with a passion for music. She has performed on the local and national stages.

Tai Bobongie

Tai Bobongie

Tai Bobongie is of Aboriginal (Olkola), South Sea Islander, Scottish, Fijian (Naibita, Viti Levu and Nasukamai, Viti Levu), Chinese (Guangzhou), Maori (Tainui and Te Arawa – Raukawa), English and French descent. Tai is a professional photographer and artist who has worked with touring artists, festivals, community organisations and educational institutions.

Caleb Southwood

Caleb Southwood

aka Belac James

Caleb Southwood is a Torres Strait Islander (Erub and Boigu), Aboriginal (Manbarra), Malayan, South Sea Islander. Caleb is an emerging hiphop artist who writes his own lyrics that describe the contemporary social fabric.

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