Songs from a Stolen Senate Popup

Sat 17th October 2020 – Pop-up performances
Dickson Shops, Canberra

11am – Noon, Dickson Village (between Dickson Library and Woolworths)
6:30pm – 8pm, Woolley Street Courtyard (near Sfoglia Patisserie and Café)


The Griffyn Ensemble will be performing 20 minute sets on Saturday 17th October at Dickson Shops in Canberra.  Between 11am and Noon we will be at Dickson Village between the Woolworths and Dickson Library. Between 6:30pm and 8:00pm we will be at the Woolley Street Courtyard, near Sfoglia Patisserie and Café.

These are pop-up concerts for on-lookers, so there won’t be any seating per se, but please come along, have a listen, and support local businesses in the area! We will have a designated COVID officer monitoring numbers in the space to ensure that social distancing is maintained.


Songs from a Stolen Senate features some of Australia’s leading First Nation musicians, who have taken parliamentary voices and reworked them into song and storytelling from the perspective of their own life stories. This is the first instalment of an ongoing series from The Griffyn Ensemble that challenges how Australian identity was forged since European settlement.

Meet five unique Australians from a diversity of genre and backgrounds: Aranda country music icon Warren Williams; inspirational Noongar singer-songwriters Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, Norah Bagiri from Mua Island in the Torres Straits; Canberra based Christopher Sainsbury from the Dharug nation and Yuin composer Brenda Gifford.


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.

These pop-up performances are made possible by the ACT Government’s City Renewal Authority.  The creative development was made possible with support through ArtsACT.

ACT Govt City Renewal Authority