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2 – 9 July 2023
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Chris Tamwoy

Chris Tamwoy

Youth of the Year

Chris Tamwoy has ties to Badu, Boigu and Darnley Islands in the Torres Strait and is a self-taught guitar virtuoso in the making.

Since a video of a school performance went viral, his stage presence and emotive musical gift have been making an impression on the Australian music scene.

Chris has opened for John Butler Trio at the Byron Bay Blues Festival, played at the NRL Indigenous All-Stars game earlier this year, and appeared on NITV’s Unearthed, JJJ and ABC radio. His first EP is in production.

Chris’s other passion is reconciliation. In 2013, his neighbourhood in Logan became the focus of so-called race riots. Chris joined other Indigenous youth to form the Logan First Nations Youth Assembly, to tackle the negative portrayal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.

Chris is involved with the Recognise campaign, facilitates for the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy and is co-chair of Logan Youth Arm – Australia’s first youth reconciliation group affiliated with Reconciliation Australia.