Sat 13th March 2021, 7pm
Canberra: Belconnen Arts Centre, Emu Bank Belconnen
Sun 28th March 2021, 8:30pm
Castlemaine State Festival
Eight of Australia’s most prolific First Nation musicians time travel through Australian parliament, redefining words that were spoken by the governments of our country.
Audiences will meet seven unique Australians from a diversity of genres and backgrounds: Arrernte country music icon Warren Williams; inspirational Noongar singer-songwriters Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse; Norah Bagiri from Mua Island in the Torres Straits; and Canberra based Christopher Sainsbury from the Dharug nation and Yuin composer Brenda Gifford.
These will be the first concert performances of this nationally significant project, after the works were premiered online in September last year. We will also be additional works by First Nation artists Richie Allan and Jimblah.
This landmark collaboration weaves together their unique individual reflections of our political landscape through music they have written for the acclaimed Griffyn Ensemble. From Stolen Generations to climate politics, Songs from a Stolen Senate offers different perspectives of our national past and the Australian parliament.
The creative development was made possible with support through ArtsACT. Image by William C. Thomson, featuring Warren H. Williams.