Darwin Festival Opening Night

Somewhere in my collection, I still have an original vinyl copy of the Yothu Yindi album, “Tribal Voice”. Though I liked and played the album a fair bit, it was the dance remix of the song “Treaty” that really brought them to my attention, and made them a favourite. And after that, there was a terrific remix of “Djäpana (Sunset Dreaming)” which, to be honest I think I preferred over “Treaty”.

Yothu Yindi

They performed both songs tonight, as the feature act performing at the opening of the Darwin Festival.… Read the rest “Darwin Festival Opening Night”

Dance Rites at Sydney Opera House

Today, my friend Kate and I spent quite a few hours at Dance Rites, a celebration of First Nations culture at the Sydney Opera House.

Though we didn’t stay around for tonight’s performances (we’re not as young as we used to be), we were there for the massive opening “contemporary corroboree” as Rhoda Roberts called it, and for the dance “competition” featuring lots of “grass roots” groups, mostly from the East Coast and from the Torres Strait.… Read the rest “Dance Rites at Sydney Opera House”

Born Into Existence

I went to an exhibition opening tonight at Sydney’s Boomalli Gallery, featuring female artists called “Born Into Existence”.

Marlene Cummins (who paid a beautiful Sorry Business tribute to her mother who died this morning); the always amazing Bronwyn Bancroft, Euphemia Bostock (who performed an amazing acknowledgement of country), and Dame Marie Bashir (who spoke beautifully about the importance of Aboriginal culture) were all there – what an awesome combination – and on top of that there were beautiful, thoughtful, powerful, touching artworks.… Read the rest “Born Into Existence”

Celebrations at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative

“The reason we started Boomalli was no Sydney gallery would exhibit the work of urban Aboriginal artists”, Aunty Euphemia Bostock told us, as she reflected on the passing of time, at last night’s celebration of thirty years of the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative. “Even now”, Djon Mundine added, “There are only two or three works from Boomalli at the Art Gallery of NSW”.

It was standing room only, and an awesome night to attend. Here a few photographs from the celebration.