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NULA NURA: Indigenous Arts Lab

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
NULA NURA: Indigenous Arts Lab on Cockatoo Island 22 – 31 May 2015

Deadline: Midnight, Sunday, 29 March 2015

Successful applicants will be advised in the beginning of April.

The Nula Nura Indigenous Arts Lab is a new project developed in partnership with the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. The laboratory will provide a development opportunity for emerging and mid-career Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual artists who are ready to conceive of larger scale and visible outcomes for their practice. Artists will be selected to participate in an intensive 10-day residency.

Nula Nura will be facilitated by renowned Aboriginal artists Djon Mundine OAM and Andrea James. Successful participants will be mentored by leading Aboriginal senior artists through conceptual, design and devising processes for installing and presenting site-specific interdisciplinary art on Cockatoo Island. Nula Nura will be an immersive residency that involves camping on the island for the 10-days.

The Lab will take place from 22 May – 31 May 2015 around historically significant sites at Cockatoo Island, Sydney.

PERFORMANCE SPACE/ SYDNEY HARBOUR HERITAGE IS OFFERING:

A ten-day residency at Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour
All meals, plus ‘glamping’ accommodation on Cockatoo Island and per diems
Mentorship sessions and workshops with experienced leading visual artists and curators
A facilitated 1-day showing open to the general public
Technical support for the ten days of the residency

ELIGIBILITY

Be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent (please provide Aboriginality Certificate if possible)
Currently reside in NSW or be available in Sydney for the residency dates
Emerging or mid-career arts practitioners
Participants are required to be available for the full 10 days of the residency

We encourage applications from artists working across the mediums of visual art, photography, painting, sculpture, textiles, digital media, installation, performance and live art etc.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your proposal please call 02 8571 9101 or email: nulanura@performancespace.com.au (Sonny Dallas Law, Project Coordinator)

via http://performancespace.com.au/nulanura
visit the website for details on how to apply

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Real Talk: Aboriginal Rappers Talk About Their Music And Country book

via https://sites.google.com/site/realtalkthebook

When industry magazine The Music Network asked Australian hip-hop pioneer Urthboy to write about the state of the country's rap scene, his answer took some by surprise. Instead, the Herd member and Elefant Traks boss wrote this: “I was asked to write about the state of hip-hop in Australia. I’d prefer to shine a light on what may be the future of it: Indigenous Hip-Hop. Indigenous artists carry a profoundly engrossing and intriguing story for international audiences, yet it’s barely understood by many Australians.”

This book aims to be an introduction to some of the Aboriginal hip-hop artists out there. All have stories that demand to be heard, from the better-known players like The Last Kinection, Jimblah and Sky’high, to those who are probably too radical for the establishment to handle - such as Provocalz, whose interview ends with the interviewer and interviewee both being questioned by police.

The book is by no means comprehensive - there are about 50 Aboriginal hip-hop artists pumping out quality tracks at the moment, and it speaks to only half of them. But it aims to be a live document, updated at the start of each year. Hopefully it will become more comprehensive as the years tick by. At any rate, readers are encouraged to seek out the artists and follow them in their own, unedited, words.

Reviews:
"A must-read." - I Am Hip-Hop magazine, UK. "A hell of a read - with rappers holding forth on everything from politics to family, books, poetry, activism, homophobia, police brutality... and just about anything else you can think of." - The Koori Mail. "Incredible read." - Jimblah, on the Impossible Odds interview. "Want to read all about me and my thoughts? This is the one right now!" - Briggs. "Amazing interview with Impossible Odds. Everyone should read that interview." - Ozi Batla. "The most articulate and well-researched article on the band I've ever read." - Fred Leone, Impossible Odds. "Probably the most awesome article on Desert Pea Media I have ever seen." - Toby Finlayson, Desert Pea Media. "Of all the interviews we've done - and we've done a hell of a lot - this was, without a doubt, by far the the best." - Kings Konekted. "Best interview I've done. Props." - Provocalz. "Mat always does a good job with the interviews." - Indij hip-hop show founder Munk.

The author, Mat Ward, is a journalist who lives in Sydney. He is not Indigenous. Read more about why he wrote the book here. For more information contact RealTalkTheBook@gmail.com.

The book is available on Amazon (kindle) and all proceeds go to Koori Radio. Visit the book's website to read sample chapters and for more information

For another article on MonkeyMarc and his work with the Barkly community of beat makers and to listen to some of their music, take a look at Boom Bap in the Barkly – Check Australia’s Freshest Desert Beats

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Burramatta Family Fun Day (NAIDOC week)

Burramatta Family Fun Day

Sunday 8 July 2012
10:00am - 3:00pm
Prince Alfred Park, Parramatta

The traditional owners of Parramatta, the Dharug People, invite you, your family and friends to join them in their NAIDOC Week celebrations. Everyone is invited to this free event featuring kid's amusements, live entertainment, free workshops and bush food and bush medicine displays!

Workshops:

- Traditional Tree Painting
- Taronga Zoo, Australian Animals Display
- Didgeridoo playing workshops
- Rock and Boomerang painting
- Traditional Basket weaving
- NSW Rugby League and AFL workshops
- Aboriginal Dance

Entertainment
Get ready for an action packed day of live entertainment highlighting Australia's rich Indigenous heritage.

Live music program featuring:
- Shellie Morris
- The Stiff Gins
- Sharnee Fenwick
- Microwave Jenny
- Col Hardy
- Marcus Corowa

visit the Burramatta Family Day event page for more details

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Indigenous Hip Hop - documentation project / radio

Frank T.G aka Honesty is working on a project to document Indigenous Hip Hop in Australia and to feature them on a Koori radio program based in Marrickville. below is an email sent via the octapod list if anyone can assist. click on the read more link for more details or email deadly_buda@hotmail.com

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freeNRG : notes from the edge of the dance floor

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freeNRG : notes from the edge of the dance floor - AliaK

AliaK spoke with Graham St John regarding his new book about Australian electronic music community, travelling sound systems and DiY party culture.

GRAHAM ST JOHN : EDITOR AND COMPILER OF "freeNRG : notes from the edge of the dance floor" @ FRIGID (HOPETOUN HOTEL, SYDNEY)
SUNDAY 17 MARCH

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