Director – Marketing & Creative Industries
A nationally lauded marketing and communications professional, Evan has played a dynamic and influential role in Queensland’s multicultural and arts industries for 2 decades.
One of Australia’s most experienced marketers in the multicultural and NFP sector, he is a respected leader of creative teams, multimedia divisions and corporate communication departments. He is renowned for his ability to build the infrastructure to help CEOs, board members and senior management of corporates, not-for-profits, local, state and federal government and community organisations achieve cut-through for social impact.
Involved in creative and cultural sector development for almost 30 years, Ant Mckenna has worked for Arts Queensland and led arts, cultural and creative development on the Sunshine Coast as Team Leader of Cultural Programs for Sunshine Coast Council. His work saw the development of the Horizon Festival, a major increase in RADF funding, doubling of participation to the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, amongst other achievements.
Ant was involved in the early development of Q Music, managing the ground-breaking state-wide A-Venue music industry development program and leading the organisation for the initial BIGSOUND artist showcase in 2005.
Creative Producer & Artist Development Coordinator
Simon joined BEMAC in 2017. An experienced creative and cultural producer, event manager, arts facilitator and educator, production manager and music producer, Simon is passionate about developing and building culturally diverse artists and communities through multi-arts processes of creativity and culture.
He is the creative force behind World of Dance, Creative Schools Initiative and District Studios, a creative visionary who works with a passion to bring together culturally diverse artists, arts workers and producers to implement great ideas through creativity and culture.
As BEMAC’s Artist Development Coordinator, Simon is dedicated to developing and amplifying the multicultural talent Brisbane is home to.
Creative Producer & Arts Engagement Officer
Joining the BEMAC team in 2019, Grace is a Brisbane based playwright, director and creative producer from Yei, South Sudan. She believes in the power of storytelling as a tool to understand one another better. Through her writing and productions, Grace explores different aspects of what it means to be a third-culture child and a person of colour living in Australia today. She has co-written, produced and directed two theatre productions in Brisbane linking generations: A forum theatre play (2018) and Skin deep (2019) which explored the ideology of colourism within People of Colour Communities. Grace has spoken around Australia on a range of issues including youth leadership, education, health, migration, racism and discrimination, and displacement..
Venue Manager and Business Development Manager (currently on maternity leave)
Christina joined BEMAC in 2012 specialising in operational business management, human resource management and commercial finance.
Christina is a practical and logical thinker with natural attention to detail that allows her to effectively manage multiple departments within the organisation’s overall corporate model, including HR, production, co-ordination and logistics.
With a side passion in festival and event management she has worked on a number of significant multicultural events including World Refugee Day and Asia Pacific Cities Summit. Her broad multicultural, music and finance background brings a depth to her ability to oversee the venue management of the Queensland Multicultural Centre..
Venue Facilities Coordinator
Nihad’s career with BEMAC has spanned an incredible 20 years. Three years after arriving in Brisbane as a Bosnian refugee, Nihad decided to shed his mechanic career and apply for the position of caretaker at the heritage-listed Yugumba building, which was BEMAC’s home for almost 20 years.
With exceptional problem solving skills, an eye for detail and strong technical abilities, Nihad makes sure the Queensland Multicultural Centre is always in tip-top condition. From fire safety to routine maintenance, Nihad is our man. BEMAC doesn’t merely provide a platform where Nihad can apply his broad skills set, the opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds gives deep satisfaction to this accidental cultural scholar..