Ms Letila Mitchell joins HRSD as Culture Advisor. She is a practising multimedia and performance artist, and an experienced international producer and director. Her career highlights include First Nations Producer at the Sydney Opera House; First Nations Producer NORPA, Segment Director for the Edinburgh Tattoo in Sydney in 2019; and Opening and Closing Segment Producer for the Commonwealth Games.
Letila founded the Pacific Arts Alliance, a Pacific regional artists’ network and was a former Director of the Fiji Arts Council. She is also the founding Artistic Director for Rako Pasefika, an indigenous Oceanic creative company working with artists from around Oceania that has been successful in many international arenas, touring worldwide since 2007. She is also currently undertaking her Doctorate in Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia and focusing her work on mapping and revitalising Rotuman Indigenous creative practice.
As an arts leader in the Pacific region, she has undertaken pioneering work on several major projects including Te Mana O Te Moana and served on several boards and committees including the Uto ni Yalo, Commonwealth Group for Culture and Development, Auckland Museum Board and the Global South Arts and Cultural Initiative.