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Delissa Walker, one of the weavers, presenting her work at CIAF.

Art fair calls for wearable designs

DESIGNERS of wearable artworks are called to submit their collections for this year’s Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) fashion performance. 

This year’s performance is called Buwal-barra Messengers of Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow – and collections of between six and 10 complete looks should reflect the theme and be able to be worn with bare feet.

The show is being curated by Bernard Singleton, Simone Arnol and choreographer Hans Ahwang.

Collections chosen for the show will be available for sale during CIAF at the Pop-Up Shop, subject to the individual designer’s agreement. This year is CIAF’s 10th anniversary fashion performance and collections will take to the runway on July 11 and 12 at Tanks Arts Centre.

The culturally rich and inspired fashion presentation comprises music, dance and language-storytelling synonymous to Queensland’s First Peoples. The event provides an artistic platform where intergenerational Indigenous culture is celebrated through fashion and this year includes a contemporary and traditional showcase of body adornment. 

Queensland’s Indigenous Art Centres, textile artists and fashion designers have until April 25 to submit expressions of interest for the show. For more information, visit www.CIAF.com.au

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Ursula Yovich plays Barbara in Barbara and the Camp Dogs.

Barbara brings the Camp Dogs back on stage

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 3:29 pm

Barbara and the Camp Dogs is coming back to Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney as part of its national tour. 

Barbara and her band, the Camp Dogs, have been trying to make it in Sydney, but this is a tough town for musicians. In all the relentless demands of city life, the wild and unpredictable Barbara craves a sense of belonging. So, it’s time to hit the road with her cousin, René. 

What follows is part road-story, part family drama, part political cry from the heart, interlaced with original songs that range from punk-inspired explosions of rage, to tender rock and soul ballads full of yearning.

The production runs until April 28 at the Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre.

Yorta Yorta man Benny Walker.

Benny Walker finds balance on country

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 3:14 pm

YORTA Yorta man and musician Benny Walker is relishing his time back home in regional Victoria. It’s been nine years since he returned.

“I really enjoy the balance it’s given me, the country pace,” he told the Koori Mail.

Benny is having a couple of weeks off from touring and is focusing on developing new material for a new release.

“I have a fantastic life balance living in the country and getting to travel for gigs, the best of both worlds. I can get out on the road and it’s pretty hectic and tiring but I always know that at the end of it I can always come home to the beautiful landscape and the river here.” 

Fans of Benny’s blues and roots sound can look forward to a new release that will be coming out next year. 

2019 Deadly Funny winner Fabian Woods with his family and the big cheque.

No regrets: stand up and be funny

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 1:23 pm

FABIAN Woods, a driller’s offsider from Perth, has won the top gong in this year’s National Deadly Funny Final and Showcase.

Like many of the other contestants in the Melbourne Comedy Festival event, it was a little ribbing from family that motivated the the 36 year old Noongar/Yamitji/Wongi man to give stand up a crack.

“Me and the Mrs have a social drink and we seen an ad online, you have a few beers and get a bit brave, I said ‘I can do that’. And she said ‘No, you can’t’. And I said ‘Yes, I can,’ then I signed up and said ‘You watch me’.

“The next morning I had regrets, immediately, but I followed t

Tjanpi Desert Weavers collaborated with animator Jonathan Daw to tell the story of Ngaanyatjarra woman Cynthia Burke and her dog.

Tjanpi weave an animated dog series

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 10:43 am

TJANPI Desert Weavers are asking for help to continue the Ngayuku Papa (My Dog) animation series.

In 2017 and 2018, Tjanpi Desert Weavers artists from Warakurna Western Australia collaborated with animator Jonathan Daw to create two quirky and much-loved films. 

These films combined stop-motion animation with live-action storytelling to tell tales of remote desert community life, depicting the unique and often amusing personalities of community papas (dogs) and their friendships with Anangu.

If you would like to see more of these films, you can donate here: https://tjanpi.com.au/pages/donate 

Jim Berg’s art exhibition Silent Witness: A Window to the Past.

Exhibition features scar trees

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:19 am

ACCORDING to Gunditjmara man and artist Jim Berg, “scar trees were supermarkets of the land”.

“They provided food, shelter, transport, medicines, tools and weapons,” he said. “They are a witness to a way of life and freedom for the people to roam at will through their own Country.”

Keeping cultural practices and knowledge alive, Berg’s art exhibition Silent Witness: A Window to the Past, tells the stories of his people and their Country through showing large-scale photographs of scar trees from Wotjobaluk Country, on the banks of the Wimmera River at Ebenezer.

The exhibition is in Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre’s Birrarung Gallery at Melbourne Museum, Carlton. It runs until mid-June, and access is free with museum entry.

Perri Chapman and her daughter Ariana.

Health check reveals hearing loss

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:01 am

WHEN Ariana turned four, her mum Perri Chapman received a letter reminding her to get Ariana’s health checked before she started school.

So, they visited their local Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services centre  in Canberra for the free health check.

“We are very grateful for the check, because it picked up a problem that we were able to fix with the help of an audiologist and GP,” Perri said.

“We found out Ariana was moderately deaf in one ear, and slightly deaf in the other. She was diagnosed with glue ear and had two rounds of grommets.”