Tag: indigenous

URAB Dancers

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 ...

Super Anagu by Kaylene Whiskey

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award

I spent a couple of hours today wandering around the Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, home of the annual National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Even though I've been to the museum a couple of times before, and I think it's a wonderful museum, especially their Cyclone Tracey exhibition, today ...

Theatre Weekend

Though I've been an ardent theatre-goer since high school days, I haven't been going as much lately as in previous years. Working in the media, I have often received free review tickets for many, many productions, including quite a few memorable opening nights. But as my job has changed, they're less frequent, and I'm mostly ...

Winter Nights

As we sat and waited for the performance to begin, I had little idea of what to expect. My friend invited me, on the recommendation the work had been curated by a colleague at the ABC, Daniel Browning. Daniel presents "Awaye", a weekly program about Indigenous arts and culture. And one of the most awesome ...

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 ...

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 ...

Archie Roach, Jack Charles, Namila Benson at Sydney Opera House

What a terrific night. Great conversation, wonderful stories, beautiful music. Moving. Here's some photographs.

Destination Arnold

Have just been to see a preview of Destination Arnold, a soon to be shown on ABC-TV documentary, produced by my friend, Michaela Perske. I never thought I'd be interested in the world of female bodybuilding, but it was absolutely brilliant. I cared about the women involved, and loved the honesty of the emotions and ...

Klub Koori - Bart Willoughby & Friends

Klub Koori – Bart Willoughby and Friends

Over dinner last night with Kristen and Damien, it was revealed we were all due to go Carriageworks to see Klub Koori present "Bart Willoughby & Friends". Having not seen each other for a few months, it was a real surprise to realise we would end up seeing each other two nights in a row. ...