Category: Artist

Acknowledged as one of Australia’s finest didgeridoo players, Mark Atkins is also recognized internationally for his collaborative projects with some of the world’s leading composers and musicians. A descendant of Western Australia’s Yamitji people, as well as of Irish/Australian heritage, Mark is known not only for his masterly playing, but also as a storyteller, composer, […]

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Image of Uncle Ossie Cruse by Kate Howarth

Ossie Cruse AM MBE, Aboriginal Elder and Christian Pastor, has for over 20 years been a prominent campaigner for reconciliation and social justice for Australia’s Indigenous peoples. A member of the Monaro people of NSW’s South Coast, he served for 13 years on NSW’s Aboriginal Advisory Council during the 1970s and 80s, and was Chairman […]

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Leading Aboriginal author and historian Bruce Pascoe will be appearing at Giiyong Festival to present a reading of his fiction works, and a talk about his award winning book Dark Emu, which puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for precolonial Aboriginal Australians. Pascoe’s work is leading the way in reappraising the Indigenous history […]

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Image of Indigenous dancer Ngioka Bunda-Heath

Ngioka Bunda-Heath is Wakka Wakka, Ngugi from Queensland through her Mother and Biripi from New South Wales through her Father. Ngioka completed her Advanced Diploma in the Performing Arts. Majoring in Dance at the Aboriginal Centre of the Performing Arts in Queensland. While studying she had the amazing opportunity to work with Leah Purcell, Gale […]

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Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri writer, teacher and academic from southwest New South Wales. After a longer teaching career, she completed a doctorate in Australian literature and Aboriginal representation and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the Australian National University. She is the recipient of an Australian Research Council grant for […]

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Glenn Shea is a descendant of the Ngarrindjeri people, around the mouth of the Murray River in South Australia. Glenn was the first Aboriginal actor to graduate from NIDA, and is now a respected actor and playwright. He has appeared in many leading theatre productions, films and TV series including Redfern Now and East of Everything,  and […]

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Docker River Band hail from Kaltukatjara (Docker River) close to the border of NT and WA in the central desert (APY Lands). This small remote community, 230km west of Uluru, is surrounded by cliffs and water holes, horses, gum trees and thriving greenery, clumps of spinifex and endless amounts of red earth and bird life. […]

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The Drifting Doolagahal’s was formed by original band members Ronny Thomas and Johnny Pender 5-6 years ago, Johnny is the only original band member left. They now have have Spoony on drums/Johnny on bass/Alan on lead guitar/Leanne on Keyboard-vocals and Jan and Paul on vocals. They are a local Aboriginal Band from Nowra, we have […]

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Nikai Stewart is a young Yuin nation songstress. She has been moved by music since she could walk and has a love for old school country song. Her music and voice are wholesome and her understated delivery is captivating. Nikai has drawn much inspiration from her family in particular her Nan who encouraged her into the limelight as a performer. She has performed […]

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