Meet the facilitators

Sebastian Flynn

From a background as a classically-trained violinist and World music performer in the UK and Europe, Sebastian Flynn has further studied the management of major multicultural events and programs and has long experience of successful delivery in this arena including:

2001-2006 – Program & Production Coordinator – Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre;

2006-2010 – Director – Queensland Multicultural Festival (Dept. of Premier and Cabinet and Multicultural Affairs Qld) – including programming and presenting Diversity Writes and Diversity Talks with ABC Radio, Diversity Rocks Educational Program, Queensland Multicultural Awards and the Premier’s Multicultural Photographic Awards;

2010-2013 – Managing Director – Australian National Folk Festival, Canberra;

2013-2015 – Board Member – Music Council of Australia;

2015-2018 – Chair – SICA (Subud International Cultural Association);

2015-present – Judging Panel – Australian Event Awards

2013-2020 – Senior Manager – Major Events, Multicultural Australia

The Culture Compass

Sebastian is also the designer and facilitator of the Culture Compass, a cultural reorientation program, for individuals and groups looking to re-explore their story, whether their circumstances have been severely compromised by diaspora, or whether simply in need of directional clarification and strategic review.

Liliana Maria

With over 6 years experience working with new migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and international students, Liliana is a Cultural Engagement Consultant, Trainer and a skilled and experienced Storyteller who draws on her lived experience to create workshops in order to shift perceptions and narratives on topics of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants.

Liliana has a B.A. Double Major in Anthropology and Philosophy with a strong focus on migration, human rights and world issues. Liliana is currently completing an Honours degree in Anthropology – ‘Who owns the story’. Exploring refugee stories, activism, advocacy and storytelling as a force for social change. 

Liliana arrived in Australia in 1988 as a refugee on a humanitarian visa. Born in Santiago, Chile, Liliana’s passion for shifting the narrative has taken her to feature in theatre performances, panel discussions, podcast interviews, radio and more.

Some of Liliana’s notable features include:

La Boite Theatre Company in conjunction with KIOSK – Digital theatre production ‘The Welcome’ where Liliana shares her experience of belonging in Australia. 

La Boite Theatre Company’s immersive theatre production ‘The Village’, Liliana shares her story of fleeing her home country. 

In my country” Podcast which launched on the 20th of June 2020 for World Refugee Day 

Liliana Also shared her story as part of a panel discussion at the Brisbane Writers Festival as part of Mem Fox’s book “I am Australian too”. 

You can also find a snippet of Liliana’s story on SBS Voices (see editorial ). 

In her time as a Cultural Trainer Liliana has experience in developing and delivering training in a variety of workplaces and for a variety of organisations including; 

  • Queensland Farmers Federation
  • Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria
  • Heritage Bank 
  • La Boite Theatre Company 
  • Multi Link 
  • Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
  • Queensland Theatre
  • Suncorp
  • Queensland Treasury 
  • Queensland Ombudsman 
  • Queensland Police 
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Best Employment
  • Toowoomba Hospital
  • PHN Northside
  • Epilepsy QLD
  • Brisbane Broncos
  • Lords School
  • Qld Rail 
  • Anglicare 
  • Welcome Sports 
  • AFL QLD 
  • Brisbane Lions 
  • The University of Queensland
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Multicultural Australia 
  • Multicultural Council Gold Coast
  • BHP 
  • Brisbane City Council 
  • And more