“There is so much to enjoy and celebrate about the LGBTIQA+ experience and very little opportunity for children and families to connect and participate in experiences which validate our identity and strengthen our sense of belonging. It is my hope that Fambo creates a space in which all children and families feel welcome to be their authentic selves and feel inspired and uplifted by some of Australia’s most exciting contemporary queer artists”
Founder and Artistic Director of Fambo
is a new and exciting opportunity for queer families to interact with queer contemporary arts and culture.
Fambo is a unique festival that brings together community in a space where gender is not binary or imposed, different bodies are not othered, and creative self expression is encouraged, celebrated and safe.
Artistic Director and queer parent Jenn Blake was moved to create Fambo in response to the damaging effects of the 2017 postal plebiscite on marriage equality and the federal government’s inability to support a Safe Schools curriculum.
Founder and Artistic Director
Founder and Artistic Director
Jenn Blake is a queer identifying arts and cultural leader with over fifteen years’ experience within the sector. Jenn has worked with a number of significant Australian cultural institutions and festivals including Sydney Festival, Underbelly Arts Festival, Performance Space and Carriageworks. They are passionate about creating innovative multidisciplinary programs which are accessible and relevant. Currently Jenn is the Program Manager at Campbelltown Arts Centre (CAC) in South West Sydney. Jenn is the parent to two children.
with special thanks:
The hardworking team at 107 Redfern, Pip Ditzell from City of Sydney, Ashley and the incredible volunteers at Rainbow Families, Judy Brown from PFLAG, Jain Moralee and the awesome folk from Twenty10, Liz Martin at Accessible Arts, Gemma Galea producer and star of our Auslan Promo, the amazing Fambo logo and branding designer Alice Gluszyk from Propellor Graphics, the web design creative genius that is Monica Higgins at Green Peas for Breakfast, the excellent creative input of Kate Britton, Ronit Fazekas at Eventfinda, the expertise of Harriet Devlin, Tahjee Moar, Amy Roache, Ruby Grennan, my incredible colleagues at CAC and all the invaluable Fambo champions and queer mentors along the way.
Fambo would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which the Festival is held; the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. Indigenous sovereignty was never ceded and resistance to ongoing colonisation continues. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
Fambo is supported by the City of Sydney through its Culture and Creative Grants program and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Fambo is auspiced by 107 Projects and an initiative of their 107 Presents annual program.