FOUNDER // PRODUCER // ARTIST & TOUR MANAGER
Vyvienne's been working in the music, entertainment and events industry for 15 years. She started out running nightclubs and radio hosting, later leading into festivals, artist management and development, music business and engagement with youth and community. In 2007 she founded Vyva Entertainment using HipHop, music and culture to empower others, infusing industry, education and community, to create a ‘home away from home’ to give back to others what music gave her.
"It is vital with what's happening around the world right now that we empower artists, as well as, design platforms & avenues for our artists and local
communities, in particularly young people to be able to express themselves, release their frustrations in a positive way, uncensored and reflective of real diverse Australian narratives" - Vyv.
IETM Campus residency: 1 of 29 selected from around the world.
Future Leaders Program, Australia Council for the Arts 2018: 1 of 19 from Australia plus 6 internationals.
Winner: Creative Arts Woman of The Year, Local Women’s Awards 2018.
Winner: Community Business Partnership for 4ESydney, Zest Awards 2018.
Nominated: Project showcasing Social cohesion for 4ESydney, Zest Awards 2018.
Nominated: All-Age Ambassadors Award, National Live Music Awards 2016.
- 33rd World Conference of International Society for Music Education (ISME) in Baku, Azerbaijan
- Community Music Pre-Conference, Georgia 10-14/07/18
- Engaging with Communities: Creative Pedagogies, New Zealand 22-25/11/17
- Inclusive & Cohesive Communities in NSW Conference 2-3/11/17
- LGNSW Conference: Integrating new elements/building in audience sectors for your events 18/9/17
- TafeNSW Bankstown Community Services Graduation 31/5/17
- French Parliament House 13/7/16
DOBBY aka RHYAN CLAPHAM
RAPPER // DRUMMER // MUSIC COMPOSER
DOBBY is a Hip Hop artist and drummer. Aged 24, he has completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of NSW, and an Indigenous Studies Honours (focusing on Aboriginal Hip Hop music) in 2015. He proudly identifies as a Filipino and Aboriginal musician, and a member of the Murrawarri Republic in Brewarrina, NSW.
DOBBY’s musical training began at age 7. He studied classical piano and achieved AMEB grade 6 and grade 2 musicianship. At age 14, he learned jazz drumkit, and in 2012 performed as part of the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music in California, Nevada and San Francisco, USA.
DOBBY is a skilled composer, and is the 2017 recipient for the bi-annual Peter Sculthorpe Fellowship. He has performed as a rapper and drummer for a variety of events such as BIG SOUND Festival, The Plot Festival, Yabun Festival, UNSW corporate and academic functions, Koori Radio events and at numerous NAIDOC celebrations across Australia.
DOBBY is also a rapper and drummer for Sydney band Jackie Brown Jr in various events and festivals such as Wollombi Music Festival, Rabbits Eat Lettuce and Psyfari Festival.
DOBBY currently facilitates Hip Hop and drum workshops in community centres, and both primary and high schools throughout Sydney and rural NSW. He is also currently an academic tutor in Indigenous Studies at UNSW.
POET // RAPPER // WRITER
Luka Lesson is a poet and rap artist based in Australia. Luka’s work is inspired by everyday stories of human resilience, the mythology of his family homeland of Greece, and the potency of speaking truth to power.
An author of two independently published collections, Luka has been commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria and toured with the likes of Dr Cornel West (USA), Akala (UK), Nahko & Medicine for the People (USA) & Shane Koyczan (Canada). Most recently Luka was commissioned to write a concerto for The Queensland Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, Luka established his very own annual poetry retreat program on the Greek island of Rhodes, which continues
annually. Over the course of his career, Luka's poem 'May Your Pen Grace The Page' will appear on the NSW Australian English curriculum from 2019-2024.
Luke Haralampou aka Luka Lesson, holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Queensland, a first-class honours degree from Monash University in Indigenous Studies, and a Masters of Sound Design (Poetry Performance) through the Victorian College of the Arts.
"Luka is a genuine artist of high quality whose poetry is powerful and poignant. I salute his prophetic witness!" - Dr Cornel West
"I’m not really into hip hop—I’m too old, I guess—but Luka Lesson is a sonic literary genius, and THAT is what I love. So if he is hip hop, then I guess I love hip hop after all."
- Taylor Mali, 4-time National Poetry Slam Champion and former president of Poetry Slam, Inc. (USA).