Culture Theme Panellist
John Patten joined Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre in 2011. As Senior Programs Officer, he develops and presents education and community programs. His favourites include the Tiddalik theatre show and material culture workshops in the Milarri garden.
Hailing from the rainforests and beaches of Far Northern NSW, John is a Yorta Yorta and Bundjalung man on his father’s side, and a descendant of First Fleet convicts and Irish rebels via his mother. Steeped in the history and living cultures of his people, John is an educator and artist who takes great joy in sharing knowledge and a yarn with anyone who will listen.
An aspiring author, playwright and jack of all trades, John holds qualifications in business management, graphic design, education, genealogy and information technology.