Spinifex Gum

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Spinifex Gum ‘Sunshine’

Spinifex Gum has been praised as one of the most important and compelling acts in Australia right now.

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Following an awe-inspiring start to the year with a five-star performance at Perth Festival and attracting record-breaking crowds to Stage 3 at WOMADelaide, Spinifex Gum’s touring plans have come to an abrupt halt due to Covid-19, but we don’t want to stop creating and engaging with our audiences.

In an effort to keep our artists active and employed, we plan to use this period to create new work, content and opportunities for Marliya – the young Indigenous performers at the heart of Spinifex Gum – and have already devised a a number of exciting new initiatives, including a project called “Sunshine” that is geared towards combatting the isolation and supporting the mental health of these talented individuals during this unprecedented time.

Spinifex Gum Choreographer Deborah Brown (Bangarra Dance Theatre) has dreamt up this fun and socially engaging project. Deborah will create new choreography for our recently released song “Sunshine”, record the moves on her phone and send it to the choristers of Marliya (aged 11-19) in their homes up in Cairns to learn. They’ll then practice the moves, film themselves performing “Sunshine” with the new choreography, and send the footage back to be edited together and shared with our audiences via social media.

It is a simple concept, but one which will not only be effective in offering an opportunity for our audiences to engage in some slick, upbeat, enjoyable and accessible artistic content, but also for the young Indigenous choristers of Marliya to stay connected, which is more important than ever right now.

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.

We are excited to be named as recipients of this year’s ACF Boost matched funding initiative, which means that donations to the campaign will be matched dollar for dollar by Creative Partnerships Australia up to our campaign target of $5,000!

For more information on Spinifex Gum, please visit www.spinifexgum.com

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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.

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http://www.spinifexgum.com

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