A Little About Us

Black Drum Productions are an Indigenous owned and operated consultancy that has been operating in Queensland since 2000. We focus on celebrating the diversity of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through the presentation of traditional and contemporary art forms.

We work with clients from government, business and community sectors to deliver a wide range of interactive programs and events.

Our strength is the deep connection we have to communities throughout Queensland and the respectful ways in which we engage with our clients and stakeholders.

Our team of Community Cultural Development practitioners delivers world class events that engage audiences and excite communities. We specialise in developing cultural businesses and create opportunities for Indigenous people in the following sectors:

  • Visual Arts and Craft
  • Performance
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Literature
  • Digital media

The Black Drum Team

Nancy Bamaga – Managing Director

Nancy has links with Thabu/Samu Clan from Saibai Island in the Torres Strait Islands. Since graduating from Curtin University in 2005, Nancy has become one of Australia’s most highly regarded Indigenous Community Management and Cultural Development practitioners. She has assisted many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and performers to launch careers and business enterprises.

As former manager of Queensland Aboriginal Creations for over a decade, Nancy has gained unique insights and developed lasting networks with Indigenous people throughout Queensland. Her ability to consult with communities to develop successful community cultural festivals and arts initiatives is widely regarded by her peers. In recognition of her support for Indigenous Arts, Nancy received an International Womens’ Day Award in 2011 and was nominated for Australian of the Year 2013.

Nancy currently manages an Indigenous dance program in the Queen Street Mall for Brisbane City Council and is the annual organiser for Black History Month which celebrates Australia’s rich Indigenous History. Nancy has also worked as the guest curator for community programming with the ground breaking First Nations Festival, Clancestory for the past 2 years and will again present a celebration of the arts and cultural practices of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders in 2015.

Stephen Hogarth – Events Coordinator

Stephen is a highly regarded contemporary Aboriginal artist who has completed art and design commissions for major clients such as The Queensland Reds Rugby Union Team for which he designed their Indigenous jersey 2012-14, Mission Australia and Brisbane Lions, Designing Brisbane Lions first ever Indigenous themed jersey.

Stephen is a graduate of Deakin University where he studied a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours. He is also a successful small business owner with his online business Hogarth Arts operating since 1996.

Stephen coordinates production logistics so that events are staged professionally and audiences enjoy and connect with the performance on stage. He also oversees production budgets, risk management, stakeholder liaison and supervision of artist, performers and contractors. Stephen manages the social media and website activities of Black Drum Productions to ensure that events are well promoted and the wider community is kept up to date.

Leonora Adidi
Leonora AdidiConsultant

Leonora Adidi – Researcher

Leonora is a Torres Strait Islander from the Sui-Baidham Clan of Bamaga and Saibai Island. She is a linguist, fluent in Kalaw Kawaw Ya and Yumplatok (Torres Strait Creole) and is passionate about preserving and revitalising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture and Heritage.

Leonora supports Black Drum Productions with research and interpreter services. She has a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Research Methodologies and has worked in market research focusing on Indigenous clientele in Qld; Educational Research in an ARC project in NT, and is currently doing her own research for a Masters in Linguistics.

She was employed as a lecturer in Linguistics and Interpreting at Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education NT. Leonora also consults with Winangali Pty Ltd which is one of Australia’s leading agencies in the highly specialised area of Indigenous research and communications.