Spinifex Gum is a collaborative and uniquely Australian project by a collective of Indigenous and non-Indigenous creatives including Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill (The Cat Empire), Deborah Brown (Bangarra Dance Theatre), Lyn Williams AM (Gondwana Choirs) and Marliya – a choir of talented young Indigenous female singers from Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait – who have come together to create music and art that challenge and inspire contemporary Australia.
Praised as one of the most important and compelling acts in Australia right now, Spinifex Gum has played at major festivals in Adelaide (Adelaide Festival and WOMADelaide), Sydney and Perth, at Garma Festival in North East Arnhem Land, Red Earth Arts Festival in Karratha and Roebourne, and the National Indigenous Music Awards in Darwin. In 2019 was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work.
Spinifex Gum has released two albums – Spinifex Gum (2017) and Sisters (2019).
Spinifex Gum has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Major Festival Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festival Inc., Adelaide Festival, Sydney Festival and Monash Academy of Performing Arts; the Ryan Cooper Family Foundation, the Lightfolk Foundation, Annamila Foundation, The Aranday Foundation, SALT Catalyst, Limb Family Foundation, Mamoma Foundation, The Humanity Foundation, Igniting Change, many generous individuals, and by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund.