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Indigenous

Daniel Boyd awarded the prestigious $80,000 Bulgari Art Award

31 year old artist Daniel Boyd has become the first indigenous man to win the prestigious Bulgari Art Award. Boyd was awarded the $80,000 prize – which includes a $50,000 painting acquisition and a residency in Italy valued at $30,000- and is considered one of the most valued Australian art awards. His prize-winning work Untitled…

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NAIDOC Week on STUDIO

NAIDOC Week (from 1-8 July) celebrations will be held across Australia this July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme – They dared to challenged - celebrates those who supported and re-ignited the spirit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the establishment of the…

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Iconic Songs with Archie Roach

Friday 6 July, 10.30pm

Sometimes a song really does change a nation. Filmed live at WOMADelaide 2011, Archie Roach is joined by long-time friends Shane Howard and Neil Murray to perform three iconic Australian songs – Took the Children Away, Solid Rock and My Island Home. The three retell the intimate stories behind their songs, the inspiration and their…

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Murundak – Songs of Freedom

Wednesday 4 July, 9.30pm

This feature documentary journeys into the heart of Indigenous protest music following The Black Arm Band, a gathering of some of Australia’s finest Aboriginal artists. From the concert halls of the Sydney Opera House to the remote communities of the Northern Territory, ‘murundak’ – meaning ‘alive’ in Woirurrung language – brings together pioneering singers and…

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STUDIO PRESENTS I Am Eora documentary screening at Carriageworks

Last night Carriageworks in Sydney was home to STUDIO’s premiere of the I Am Eora documentary. Going back to where it was first performed in January 2012, STUDIO invited cast, crew and supporters to the Eveleigh performance space for drinks and an intimate screening. Guests gathered in the foyer, enjoying a stunning cheese and fruit…

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Perth Festival: Jack Charles V The Crown

Perth Festival 2012 presents Jack Charles v The Crown, a veteran actor, Koori elder, activist and – until recently – heroin addict and cat-burglar. It runs from 15-23 February at the State Theatre Centre of WA. Watch more STUDIO ArtBreaks here.

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Sydney Festival TV: The Barefoot Divas

Meet the women of The Barefoot Divas, six dazzling singers from Australia, NZ and Papua New Guinea. In Walk a Mile in My Shoes at Sydney Festival 2012, they perform and share hilarious stories of diva life on the road, with deep connections to their land and indigenous cultures. With Helpmann Award winner Ursula Yovich…

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Sydney Festival TV: 181 Regent Street

In 1972 the National Black Theatre emerged from Regent St in Sydney’s Redfern, giving new voices to the community with an explosion of plays, dance, street theatre and more. This anniversary exhibition at Sydney Festival 2012 uses photographs, film and archives to tell their story. Based at Carriageworks, the exhibition explores the movement and celebrates…

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Archie Roach sings Took the Children Away

Archie Roach is an icon of the Australian music industry and his honest storytelling tells the sad truth of indigenous Australia. He wrote the landmark song Took the Children Away in 1990, about his own childhood and being taken by authorities from his parents to a mission. “You took the children away, Breaking their mothers…

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