About

A descendant of the Gamillaroi Bigambul tribe, Dhinawan is one of indigenous Australia’s most engaging, entertaining and memorable performers.

Starting as a tour guide on Queensland’s Fraser Island when he was 19 years old, Dhinawan has since become one of Australia’s busiest cultural ambassadors.

When not spearheading anti-bullying programs in primary schools and painting boards for pro surfer Kelly Slater, the now 36-year-old travels regularly overseas to perform in the UK, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Scotland, and Italy.

Founder and front man of cultural collective Dhinawan Dreaming, Dhinawan uses the mediums of dance, song and storytelling to promote cultural awareness and understanding.

From children’s workshops and corporate seminars to music festivals and private parties, audiences of all ages are immediately engaged with his dynamic, spontaneous, straight-from-the-heart cultural commentary.

As a way to foster cultural awareness from a young age, Dhinawan established a corroboree program called the Deadly Dancers. Made up of roughly [20] kids aged  [10-15 years old], the group regularly perform at primary and secondary schools, as well as major events like East Coast Blues & Roots Music Fest, Splendour in the Grass, and the 2010 Quiksilver Pro.

Dhinawan currently lives in Northern NSW with his partner Coco Hamil, and four children.

Keynote Speaker Known for his spontaneous, straight-from-the-heart cultural commentary, Dhinawan’s keynote speaking style has attracted high profile organisations such as Telstra, Audi, Foxtel, Fosters Group Limited, Quicksilver, and Tourism Australia.

Entertainment From comedy shows and cultural awareness programs to didgeridoo performance, Dhinawan has showcased his talents in private, public and commercial forums. More notable events include First Nations Economic Opportunities Conference, ACEL International Conference, Kings National Boys Conference, and Oxfam Youth International Partnership Kaleidoscope.

TV Earning the nickname “one-take Dhinawan” for his ability to instantly nail a scene, Dhinawan has appeared in a number of TV series such as Zinzgzillas on BBC UK, and popular French TV series, Foudre, which is screened in 13 European countries.

Artist Combining his personal passion for surfing and painting, Dhinawan has customised boards for pro surfers Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Dean Morrison. His work is also included in private and commercial collections around the world.

Workshops Dhinawan is a respected cultural ambassador and adheres to the NSW Aboriginal Education Policy guidelines. His teaching schedule includes school children of all ages, as well as students and teachers at some of Australia’s leading teaching institutions.

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