Aboriginal keynote speaker, MC, artist, dancer and actor

Dhinawan, a descendant of Gamillaroi Bigambul tribe, AKA Mick Baker, is one of Indigenous Australia’s most engaging, articulate and entertaining public speakers and one of its busiest cultural ambassadors.

Known for his spontaneous, straight-from-the-heart cultural commentary, Dhinawan’s keynote speaking style has attracted high profile organisations such as Telstra, Foxtel, Oxfam, Australia Council of Educational Leaders, The King’s School, Fosters Group Limited, Quicksilver, and Tourism Australia.

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

In recognition of his work, Dhinawan received the 2010 Premier’s Encouragement Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Communities in ‘Education, Knowledge & Learning’.

Founder and front man of Dhinawan Dreaming, the Byron Bay-based entertainer uses the mediums of dance, song and storytelling to promote cultural awareness and understanding in a humorous, insightful and thought-provoking way. Dhinawan Dreaming offers cultural workshops to schools, preschools, universities (following NSW Aboriginal Education Policy guidelines), various organisations and corporate. He is AIMSC certified.

From children’s workshops, music festivals and forums to conferences, seminars and private parties, Dhinawan’s charismatic presentations have made him a recognised name on the national and international stage. Audiences of all ages are immediately captivated by his dynamic, spontaneous, straight-from-the heart cultural commentary. Dhinawan has presented to organisations including Telstra, Audi, Australian Council for Education Leaders, Tourism Australia, BP Australia, Fosters Group and The King’s School.

Dhinawan’s professional portfolio of compelling presentations is tailored to suit the client and the brief. Equipped with wisdom beyond his years and a natural gift of the gab, Dhinawan brings a refreshing style to the keynote speaker circuit.

He has also established a corroboree program called the Deadly Dancers, which includes more than 80 kids aged 5-17, which performs in primary and secondary schools and at events such as Splendour in the Grass, Quiksilver Pro and the NRL All Stars game.

As an educator, 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 educational institutions.

As an entertainer,  Dhinawan has showcased his talents in events from comedy shows and cultural awareness programs to didgeridoo performances and traditional Aboriginal dances.

Dhinawan talks about:

Motivation, cultural awareness, Aboriginal art, Aboriginal history, education, environment, leadership, bush medicine and plants, general Indigenous Australia, Indigenous youth, reconciliation, implementing successful strategies to work with Aboriginal People.

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