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Fred Leone is one of the three Butchulla Song men, the Butchulla tribe through his grandmother’s line covers Kgari (Fraser Island), Hervey Bay, Maryborough, and the surrounding areas of the Fraser Coast. He is also Garawa on his grandfather’s line. Garawa is on the coastline across the Queensland/Northern Territory border. He also has Tongan and South Sea Islander heritage.
Fred is committed to social change and social justice, particularly applying his skills and knowledge to support the strength, status and development of Indigenous culture.
Through his music, language and dance, and body of work, Fred is also focused on enriching the lives of young people in the areas of positive leadership, self-expression, self-confidence, self-pride and pride in communities and culture.
In recent years Fred has had Indigenous cultural input into the following major public and internationally broadcast events, including Australia vs Great Britain and Irish Lions, G20 World Leaders Summit Welcome to Country, G20 Cultural Program Opening and Commonwealth Games Torch Relay.
Fred was also the Artistic Director of Black Arm Band’s renowned stage show DIRTSONG and toured internationally to the United Kingdom, United States of America, Brazil, Singapore, Taiwan, Canada and Malaysia. In 2016, Fred toured his first play Gunyal *Scar to Glasgow funded by the National Theatre of Scotland.
Fred is one of our Seedling Footprints artists for 2019. The Seedling program focuses on the creative development process; enabling artists and creatives the space to explore, seed new ideas and challenge forms of expression.
We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors - our First Nations Peoples - gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland. Queensland Government’s RAP Acknowledgment of Country