The 2016 Spirit Festival Presents a feature rich program and it’s on now. Engage in the creativity, innovation and inspiration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, dance, song, fashion, food and creative expression.
While it’s halfway through, there’s still plenty to see and do, including intimate live performances by some of Australia’s most celebrated Indigenous artists as well as hands on workshops where you can interact with cultural elders and artisans.
Immerse yourself in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural spirit and engage with events and workshops throughout the festival, which runs through to the 3rd of December.
The best place to keep on top of the events and upcoming performances is the Facebook page:
Most events will be held at the Tandanya Theatre located at Kaurna Country 253 Grenfell Street, Adelaide.
The Spirit Festival has designed a program to celebrate culture and practice from all over Australia, whether it’s an opportunity to engage in your own personal cultural expressions or gain insight into the nation’s varied and rich indigenous cultures.
All events are FREE, excluding the Mission Songs Project thanks to the generous support of the Adelaide City Council and Arts SA.
The Mission Songs Project
Curated by Jessie Lloyd, an initiative to revive and perform a collection of Australian Indigenous folk songs from the Christian missions, state run settlements and native camps where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were relocated. The performance explores the soulful musical journey of Indigenous Australian music from the period of 1900 to 1999. Held at the Tandanya Theatre, tickets are $15 dollars for adults and $10 for students and concession card holders, children under 10 years old are free.
For more information: http://spiritfestpresents.com/index.php/2016/09/14/mission-songs-project/
Discover the wonder of the Kurruru Youth Performing Art’s Dance Ensemble. This project explores and represents the commonalities and crossover experiences shared between the young and old – resilience, racism and clear positive messages about identity and pride – where age carries no barrier.
Book tickets here: http://spiritfestpresents.com/index.php/2016/09/16/knowledge-keys/
Tiwi Design Artist Residency
Don’t miss the chance to interact with a range of visiting dancers, painters, weavers and carvers who will demonstrate a number of daily workshops and performances, realising incredible art and vital traditions important to the Tiwi people and the wider community.
Check out the schedule here: http://spiritfestpresents.com/index.php/2016/09/14/tiwi-artist-residency/
On Saturday the 26 November from 6pm – 10.30pm a range of performers will be taking to the microphone at the Tandanya Art Cafe for an intimate acoustic experience. Local and interstate Indigenous singers and songwriters include Vonda Last, Alice Skye, Emily Wurramara, Benny Walker, Gail Page and Corey Theatre.
More information about the artists here: http://spiritfestpresents.com/index.php/2016/09/14/cafe-series/
There are plenty of workshops to check out during this week including theatre workshops, weaving and native medicine workshops as well as a chance to learn traditional dance, for a schedule please visit:
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