The Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Organising Committee are pleased to announce Sam Cook, KMBA Events has been engaged as the Cultural Lead for the Eighth Gathering.

About Sam Cook

An Australian arts and entertainment professional now USA based, Sam Cook is cross-artform practitioner, educator, arts manager and leader in Indigenous Arts. A retired musician, she was the Director of The Dreaming Festival and a programmer of the Woodford Folk Festival. Artistically, Sam is a playwright, writer, visual artist and graphic designer. Administratively, Sam started working in publishing ahead of becoming the CEO of a leading Australian Theatre Company before launching her company KMBA events which has produced events within Australia and worldwide.

Recipient of the UK Arts Council Fellowship in 2007 and 2011, winner of National Aboriginal Youth of the Year in 1999 and Broome Aboriginal Artist of the Year in 1998, Sam was the founding Aboriginal columnist for Artshub and Tracker, and founder of Australia’s Blak History Month. She is Nyikina from the Kimberley in WA.

Sam will  deliver a world-class artistic program inclusive of:

  • Quality creative talent
  • Welcoming Ceremony for delegates
  • Closing Ceremony for delegates
  • Creation of healing spaces/yarning circles that are transformative and memorable.
  • Venue Decoration that transforms an urban environment into an Indigenous cultural experience.

Some of Sam’s work includes:

  • Closing Ceremony Derek Nannup Dij solo – Dreaming Festival 2010
  • Ngallak Koort Boodja Ceremony 2008
  • Return to Country, Mungo Man 2017


“From Jinibara to the World” Photo: Tash Nannup


“Bardi Dancers @ Stonehenge” Photo: Gerald Jenkins


“Return to Country 18” Photo: Bill Pheasant


“Archie Roach and Isaiah Firebrace” Photo: Bill Pheasant


“Ngallak Koort Boodja” Photo: Jon Green