Spinifex Gum is an album and critically acclaimed live show by a collective of Indigenous and non-Indigenous creatives including Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill (The Cat Empire), Deborah Brown (Bangarra Dance Theatre) and Lyn Williams OAM (Gondwana Choirs) who have come together to create music and art that challenge contemporary Australia.
The voice of Spinifex Gum is Marliya – a choir of talented young Indigenous female singers from North Queensland and the Torres Strait – whom through this project have grown into community leaders and role models for young people across the country.
Made with the permission from all individuals and families whose stories feature in the songs, in particular the Yindjibarndi Community, Spinifex Gum takes the audience on a journey through the Pilbara.
Marliya present a powerful, one of a kind performance that reflects the dramatic contrasts of Australian life and seeks to inspire change. Video and projections drawn from the Pilbara accompany the performance.
We need funds to support the hard costs to tour Marliya and the Spinifex Gum show around Australia in the second half of 2019.
This tour is important because it will connect Marliya – their songs, stories, exuberance and energy – with diverse audiences across Australia. Specifically, it will take the choir back to where the project began in the Pilbara, to Darwin and remote NT, and to Canberra and Melbourne. An integral part of the tour will be workshops alongside the performances, to ensure genuine engagement of youths across the country.
The choir have quickly built a strong reputation as a significant voice of their generation. They have the ability to challenge and inspire like no individual can. To date they have been invited to perform at the AFL’s “Dreamtime at the ‘G”, the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony, Monash Academy of Performing Arts and Adelaide Festival. In January Marliya performed to a sold-out Sydney Opera House as part of the 2019 Sydney Festival, receiving a standing ovation from the audience at the end of the show.
Donations will support hard costs of touring a party of approximately 30 people around Australia, including into remote communities, for approximately 30 days. Many of the venues we will play do not have the ability to cover the costs associated with a touring party of this size.
We are looking for remarkable individuals and organisations to join us on this journey – the music, the excitement and the message it shares. For more information please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The creative development of Spinifex Gum was assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Adelaide Festival, Sydney Festival and Monash Academy of Performing Arts, Australia Council for the Arts, Ryan Cooper Family Foundation, Lightfolk Foundation, and Creative Partnerships Australian through the Australian Cultural Fund.