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.


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

Our aims and objectives are:


  • Working with community for community.

  • Cultural integrity.

  • Building capacity and sustainability.


  • 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, Director & Producer

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 & Director

Celebrating the life and legacy of LaVonne Bobongie who worked with 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. 

Tia-Shonté Southwood

Tia-Shonté Southwood

Freelance Producer & Admin

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

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