Haktuir Ai-Knanoik Group

Haktuir Ai-knanoik group

Haktuir Ai-knanoik group is a storytelling group that has been working on connecting the past and present of Timor-Leste through studying its oral traditions and storytelling performance. Throughout the past months, the group has performed in different places such as schools, the National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL) and Fundação Oriente, reaching nearly 1000 children and adult people. The group has published three tales books and is working in a forth one with riddles.

The storytelling performance will have Timorese tales and songs with important beliefs and symbols of the country, celebrating oral traditions and local culture. Haktuir Ai-knanoik group was created in July 2014 from a partnership between the Brazilian cooperation (PQLP/CAPES Program) and the Portuguese Language Department of the National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL). 


Ros Dunlop

Ros Dunlop

Ros Dunlop lives in Sydney and is an Australian classically trained musician and plays clarinet. She has played all over the world and one of her concert tours in 2002 took her to East Timor with the Australian composer Martin Wesley-Smith performing concerts of Martin’s music about East Timor. Ros was enchanted by the Timorese, their music and culture. Observing that the traditional music was an endangered culture she embarked on a project recording the traditional music of East Timor over the next nine years. She published the first book written in Tetun and English about this culture, Lian Husi Klamar: Sounds of the Soul. It has received critical acclaim internationally. This book is now a text in the new syllabus being created by Timor’s Ministry of Education. 

Ros has just completed a doctoral thesis on the Traditional music and its relationship to traditional Timorese culture and lulik, and will graduate with a PhD in music in May 2016. She is optimistic that Timor’s traditional music culture will revive to become a vital part of Timor’s identity, one which all Timorese should be proud to acknowledge and own. 


Ego Lemos

Ego Lemos. Photo courtesy of skinnyfishmusic.com.au

Ego Lemos is a musician, songwriter, and a permaculture practitioner.  In 2001 he founded PERMATIL, a local NGO concentrating on sustainable agricultural development through Permaculture techniques. 

In the last two years, Ego has developed the Arts & Culture segment of the new Primary School Curriculum for the Ministry of Education. This segment calls for the installation of a permaculture school garden in every primary school throughout Timor-Leste. Ego will talk about now implementing the Permaculture School Garden project and about why school gardens matter. 


Curtis Gabrielson

Curtis Gabrielson

Curtis “Gabriel” Gabrielson has worked over 7 years in Timor-Leste to link science and mathematics concepts in the textbook with those of traditional Timorese life.

Prior to teaching in Timor-Leste, he taught in China, San Francisco and the immigrant farm community of Watsonville, California, where he founded and directed a Community Science Workshop. 

The most recent of his three books in English is called “Tinkering” and outlines the necessity of a getting your hands dirty when you set out to learn something.

Gabriel now works with a group of exceptional Timorese teachers under the Ministry of Education and Timor-Leste National Commission for UNESCO doing innovative curriculum development and training teachers from across the nation


Etson Caminha

Etson CAMINHA. photo courtesy of renee stamatis

Visual artist and musician Etson Caminha has a dynamic background as a performer, educator and collaborator.  A prominent member of the Timorese artistic community, Etson has created numerous murals and works of street art, and composed for theatre and dance.  His oil, acrylic and airbrush paintings have been exhibited in Australia and Europe and commissioned by international artists and world leaders. Since 2004, Etson has organized concerts and improvisational performances in Timor-Leste, forming and conducting groups of over 20 musicians.  He has toured across Timor-Leste and internationally with the music groups Galaxy, HaKa, Question Mark and Doku Rai Band.  Etson has also performed with theatre groups Bibi Bulak and Doku Rai in Darwin, Brisbane and Adelaide festivals, and left his mark on the Australian urban landscape in the form of collaborative street art while touring for the launch of the book Piece of Wall.  

Etson often plays the role of educator in both music and art through curating group works in Dili and rural areas of Timor-Leste, and drawing participants from local youth and community groups to develop works of art in promotion of peace. Currently, Etson has become interested in combining improvised music and electronic effects processing. Using repeated musical phrases, “loops,” as the platform, Etson improvises overtop of the loops with traditional Timorese instruments, household objects and his voice. In his spare time Etson enjoys playing with his twin sons, age 3, and working in the Arte Moris tattoo studio.


Kon Karapanagiotidis

Kon Karapanagiotidis

Kon Karapanagiotidis has been a human rights advocate for the past 25 years. As a lawyer, social worker and teacher Kon has worked at the coalface with communities experiencing inequality and oppression from people seeking asylum to Indigenous Australians, survivors of sexual abuse to the homeless. Kon’s commitment to social justice comes from his parents experiences of discrimination and exploitation and his own personal experiences of racism growing up. At 28, Kon founded the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). Established in the space of 8 weeks as a class project while a teacher, the ASRC has now gone on to become Australia’s largest organization helping people seeking asylum.  Over 12,000 people have now been helped via a team of over 1200 volunteers and 80 staff who deliver 30 life changing programs, all without a cent of Federal Government funding.

Kon holds 6 degrees in the fields of law, social work, psychology, business, education and international development and his work has been recognized with an Order of Australia Medal, a Churchill Fellowship, La Trobe University Young Achiever Award, Victoria University Alumni of the Year, AHEPA Humanitarian Award, Citizen of the Year by the Maribyrnong City Council and recently voted one of Australia’s 25 most influential people in the social sector by Pro Bono Australia.


Keisuke Inoue

Keisuke Inoue

Keisuke Inoue established FabLab Shibuya, a space that uses digital fabrication equipment, including 3D printing. Prior to this he was a Media Arts and Installation research assistant at Tama Art University, Japan. 

Mr. Inoue’s latest work focuses on 3D printing and the innovative “Maker Movement.” Through these experiences, Mr. Inoue aims to keep abreast with the ever changing elements of creativity that underpin the latest technologies in 3D printing.


Dulce Soares

Dulce Soares is a civil engineer who manages the School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program with Plan International Timor-Leste. Her key role in the program is planning and designing the construction of inclusive gender latrines as well as provision of water supply through reserve water tank that distributes water to toilets and hand washing facilities in schools in rural areas of Timor-Leste.   

Dulce completed her Civil Engineering degree from Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. She is one of the core members of Feto Enginhera iha Timor-Leste or Women in Engineer in Timor-Leste. 

She is also known as a singer and appeared as a guest singer at several concerts both in Timor-Leste also in Melbourne, Australia.