The Di Gribble Argument 2021 consists of a full day of events featuring a broad range of First Nations speakers discussing and reflecting on issues of climate change, environment and connection to country. Through panels, performance and music, the events will encourage multi-generational public dialogue that empowers individuals to engage with environmental action, while asserting the importance of prioritising First Nations expertise and wisdom on caring for nature. 

These events will build on three especially commissioned creative responses by First Nations writers of different generations – Bruce Pascoe (author of Loving Country, Dark Emu, Young Dark Emu), Victor Steffensen (author of Fire Country: How Indigenous Fire Management Could Help Save Australia), and Teila Watson (aka Ancestress) – to be published on throughout March. 


Victor Steffensen on The Present

Hosted by author Tony Birch (Blood, Shadowboxing, The White Girl) Victor Steffensen will be joined by artist, fire management expert and cultural advisor Tammy Gilson and other guests for a lively discussion sparked by his essay, The Planet is Us. Arguing that our environment is inextricably linked to our personal and collective health, Steffensen is passionate about developing a greater understanding of the link between nature and ourselves. Steffensen will discuss new ways of tackling the environmental challenges of today as we emerge from the ashes of last year’s fires and continue to grapple with the lasting impacts of the pandemic. 

The Wheeler Centre presents the Di Gribble Argument 2021: Brave Old World on Malthouse Outdoor Stage.

The Di Gribble Argument 2021 is proudly supported by Creative Partnerships Australia. 

The Saturday Paper and Triple R are media partners of The Di Gribble Argument 2021: Brave Old World event series

Key Image: ‘Dusk Country’ by Elizabeth Close (Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara)

Malthouse Outdoor Stage is generously supported by the Sidney Myer Fund, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

Event & ticketing details

Performance Times

Start Time
12.30pm, Sun 28 Mar


Standard $20.00 - +BF
Day Pass $50.00 - +BF

Event notes


Each session runs for 60 minutes, with 60 minute break between each session. The day runs for 5 hours in total. 


No professional cameras/photography.


Wheelchair access is available for tables marked FLAT. Please note, tables marked as BAR STOOL and PIT are NOT appropriate for patrons with accessibility requirements. Please make a wheelchair booking here.


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Tickets are free for people who identify as First Nations. The ticket allocation has been exhausted.

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