Janelle Da Silva
Janelle Da Silva is a multigenerational mixed race intersectional womxn-of-colour with the pronouns, She/They. Janelle is a multi-disciplinary artist, TED Presenter, art therapist, social justice educator, birth worker, scholar, ultra-marathoner and philanthropist. She is also mother to five humans and four domesticated multi-species companions.
- Thursday the 4th of Feb - 2021
Proudly independent, Nel is a passionate advocate for social change through the arts.
Janelle Da Silva has been in the professional arts and entertainment industry for twenty years.
Her performance, broadcasting and modelling work has featured on international and national television, stages, festivals, radio stations and podcasts for the past three decades. Fiercely committed to paying the rent for living and working on unceded Aboriginal Countries, Janelle is currently using her long term residency at ‘ seat at the table’ through The Projects & Moreland City Council for her decolonising work. Her main focus is their ongoing fundraising campaign, ‘RunBitchRun’, which combines the arts, activism and fitness to support education for Indigenous kids through the Cathy Freeman Foundation.
In 2016 Janelle formed Cherrypop Productions with two other co-producers and began We Of The Night. WOTN showcases emerging and established artists in the Geelong and Surfcoast region engaging the local community to support the arts and promotes socially conscious projects.
A personal philanthropic project launched in 2016 is Janelle's RunBitchRun campaign, raising money running marathons for the Cathy Freeman Foundation. Born from her own experience of racism, she is passionate about obliterating the gap in education for the 1600 kids living in remote communities. Her goal this year is to take her fundraising tally up to $25,000.
In 2017, Janelle directed, produced and performed in three original projects in the Melbourne Fringe Festival; a collaborative with twenty erotic artists, a free publics arts life drawing installation with her serpent and her first one-person show. Enjoying a full sellout season for both shows.
This year she is focusing on touring her one-person show, Frankghanistan which has already enjoyed a sellout season at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, received 5 star reviews from Mullumbimby, NSW and will be remounting in Darwin for the Fringe Festival in July.
We respectfully acknowledge the five language groups of the Kulin Nation as sovereign custodians of the lands on which we work and live. We extend our respects to ancestors and elders past, present and emerging, and to all First Nations people. In the context of the work we do, we express gratitude for our shared connection through place, to the oldest continuing cultures on earth.