WADJUK IN THE BLACK

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.02.20

There was a time when Indigenous performance was anathema to the market. Worthy, but not exactly a fun night out! Two Aboriginal festival directors – Stephen Page in Adelaide and Wesley Enoch in Sydney – have toyed with First Nations shows. But it's taken the whitefella Iain Grandage in Wadjuk – formerly known as Perth - to take the bull by the horns and throw all his eggs in the first week of this year's Perth Festival into the Black basket. 'Bennelong' (reviewed in 2017), 'Buŋgul', 'Bran Nue Dae and a Noongar version of 'Macbeth' not only challenged the status quo but delighted the box office. Insightfully, I'd written some 30 years ago when 'Bran Nue Dae' first thrilled audiences in Perth suggesting that the West Australian capital had advantages over its eastern equivalents in that more people moved backwards and forwards between bush and city in the West and therefore had fewer preconceptions about the 'purity' of Aboriginal life, more sense of its reality. Indeed, when BND hit Perth, little old white-haired ladies leapt to their feet at the end to hail this charming actuality of life in Broome. In Sydney, serious younger persons worried that traditional music was missing and Christianity had somehow sullied this remote world. I wonder how it went in Sydney this year? In Perth, a comparable piece of pioneering was 'Hecate', the all-Noongar 'Macbeth'. Unless you've spent time amongst the Yolngu in Arnhemland, you probably have little idea about being in Australia yet finding your English a minority language. Yes, language revival is going on all around us – though Gadigal may well be an exception in Sydney. And, despite Grandage's efforts in his festival catalogue to remind his fellow Wadjukians that everywhere there has a Noongar name, that spoken language is hardly a» Read More

 

The Red Centre's Festival of Light

The Red Centre's Festival of Light

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 04.02.20

If you're not busy visiting the fire-affected tourist destinations in Australia - or if you're on your way around? - the annual Parrtjima light festival in central Australia is gearing up to be a beauty. Aptly named Lifting Our Spirits,...» Read More

 

Influential Emily

Influential Emily

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.12.19

It's the silly season when TV is supposed to be on endless repeat and politicians go home and leave us alone for a while. However, this year the combination of Brexit, Trump and Australia's inextinguishable fires seems to have changed...» Read More

 

Sotheby's NY Inaugural Aboriginal Art Auction

Sotheby's NY Inaugural Aboriginal Art Auction

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 17.12.19

The first dedicated Aboriginal art auction in the US by an international auction house was held by Sotheby's in New York on December 13. The sale surpassed its high estimate with 88% of all lots sold and set eight new...» Read More

 

Festivals in the Blak

Festivals in the Blak

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.12.19

“With the ubiquity of Indigenous cultural practice today, you just can't put on a festival without it”. That bold statement by the non-Indigenous Iain Grandage, newly arrived as Director of 2020's Perth Festival (7th Feb to 1st March) would be...» Read More

 

Cairns Airport Commission

Cairns Airport Commission

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.12.19

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) and Cairns Airport are seeking creative submissions from Queensland’s Indigenous artists to have their artworks featured prominently within the Airport’s newly redeveloped T2 Domestic Terminal. CIAF and Cairns Airport developed their already established partnership at...» Read More

 

KNOWLEDGE GROUND

KNOWLEDGE GROUND

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 09.12.19

“Dance is so ephemeral; we felt we owed it to acknowledge 30 years of dance and more than 200 alumni – dancers, designers, musicians, etc, and, above all, the cultural custodians who gave us the stories”. Steven Page – who's...» Read More

 

Daniel Boyd Shines Again

Daniel Boyd Shines Again

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.12.19

Internationally renowned architect Sir David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates and award-winning Sydney-based contemporary Aboriginal artist Daniel Boyd have been chosen to design a new public square and artwork near Circular Quay in Sydney. Based in Accra, London and New York,...» Read More

 

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Industry Corner: Event

WADJUK IN THE BLACK

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.02.20

There was a time when Indigenous performance was anathema to the market. Worthy, but not exactly a fun night out! Two Aboriginal festival directors – Stephen Page in Adelaide and Wesley Enoch in Sydney – have toyed with First Nations...» Read More

Industry Corner: Industry

Influential Emily

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.12.19

It's the silly season when TV is supposed to be on endless repeat and politicians go home and leave us alone for a while. However, this year the combination of Brexit, Trump and Australia's inextinguishable fires seems to have changed...» Read More

Events: Auction

Sotheby's NY Inaugural Aboriginal Art Auction

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 17.12.19

The first dedicated Aboriginal art auction in the US by an international auction house was held by Sotheby's in New York on December 13. The sale surpassed its high estimate with 88% of all lots sold and set eight new...» Read More

Events: Event

The Auction Time of Year

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 28.11.19

“Toward the end of 1991, women’s Awelye ceremonies were being held in Utopia. December was overwhelmingly humid with hot northerly winds. The anticipation of rain and the ongoing ceremonial activity enlivened the spiritual atmosphere. A number of exceptional paintings (by...» Read More