REAF Culture

REAF Culture brings you Spinifex Gum – a musical snapshot of life in the Pilbara, North-Western Australia, performed by the lush voices of Marliya from Gondwana Choirs, young Indigenous women singing in English and Yindjibarndi.

WHERE: Ganalili Centre, Roebourne
WHEN: Saturday, 7 September 2019, 16:00-22:00
WHO: All ages, family-friendly event
COST: Free admission (No ticket required)

REAF Culture brings you Spinifex Gum – a musical snapshot of life in the Pilbara, North-Western Australia, performed by the lush voices of Marliya from Gondwana Choirs, young Indigenous women singing in English and Yindjibarndi.

Joining the choir are Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill of The Cat Empire, along with special guest Emma Donovan. Commissioned to write a song cycle for the choir, Riebl spent several years visiting the Pilbara to build relationships and gather stories.

Spinifex Gum tells of the region’s local tales and characters, true stories of racism and injustice, and the legacies of colonisation with music production that’s staunchly modern, built from found sound samples of the Pilbara – rustling leaves, bouncing basketballs and chugging trains.

REAF Culture is being held alongside the opening of the newly refurbished Ganalili Centre, hosted by Yindjibarndi.
The full event program includes:

  • 4.30pm Puppet Creation Story
  • 6.30pm Jawijalurra Production
  • 8.30pm Spinifex Gum

Spinifex Gum has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Major Festival Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festival Inc., Adelaide Festival, Sydney Festival and Monash Academy of Performing Arts; the Ryan Cooper Family Foundation, the Lightfolk Foundation, Annamila Foundation, many generous individuals, and by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund. This tour has been auspiced by Auspicious Arts Projects. Visit REAF.com.au for more festival events!