Rebecca is the festival manager and helper coordinator. She is a qualified Sexological Bodyworker and Sex Educator, certified through the Institute of Somatic Sexology. Her challenges, explorations and moments of profound connection and joy in her own sexual journey, have led her to work with other individuals, partnerships and groups in their explorations.
Her vision is to create a culture where sex and sexuality are regarded as an integral aspect of each of us and honoured, respected and taught as such. By increasing our knowledge and understanding of our own sexuality, she believes we can better understand our emotional make-up and ourselves as a whole. This then flows into the types of relationships we create, the way we love and how we choose to direct our lives.
Natalia has been involved with the festival since 2012, as a Committee member, facilitator, administrator, volunteer coordinator, devil’s advocate and creative mastermind behind some of the wicked concepts that we have unleashed.
She is also a postgrad student with background in social work, psychology, alternative medicine, dance and bodywork. She is one of the convenors of Critical Perspectives on Madness Reading Group and a member of several mental health consumer and survivor initiatives. Informed also by her own history and experiences of ‘madness’ and distress, her research, advocacy and activism centre on challenging the mainstream bio-medical approaches to emotional distress and fostering emancipatory practices and discourses in and alongside the mental health sector.
Peter Banki, Ph.D
Peter is the founder and director of the Sydney Festival of Really Good Sex. He is a scholar, artist, festival producer and teacher. He publishes and teaches mostly in the fields of sexuality, continental philosophy and literature from 18th Century to the present. He is also the founder and director of Sydney Festival of Death and Dying, which took place for the first time in Rushcutters Bay in November, 2016. He has been the host of Schwelle Sydney since 2011. From 2011-2013 he was the artistic director as well as producer of the Festival on the Art of Lust – Xplore Sydney.
He is currently an associate member of the Philosophy Research Initiative at Western Sydney University, where he has also lectured and tutored in the School of Humanities and Languages. He holds a Ph.D in German Studies from New York University (September, 2009). His book The Forgiveness to Come: The Holocaust and the Hyper-Ethical is forthcoming with Fordham University Press.