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Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia

Sector: Society and Culture

Country location: Japan

Grantee: National Museum of Australia

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Selma Gurruwiwi and Yolngu dancers. Credit: Tony Kearney

Project description

Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia is an immersive exhibition exploring the iconic didjeridu through sound, story, moving images and treasured objects. The cultural custodians, the Yolngu people, guide you through the meaning, power and cultural significance of the didjeridu, known to them as yidaki.

The involvement of the artists is central to the National Museum of Australia and South Australian Museum's commitment to Indigenous participation, providing an opportunity for the Japanese audience to gain a broader understanding of Indigenous culture. Often, the understanding of Indigenous culture by international audiences, is reflected through objects, not people. Five Indigenous artists from Arnhem Land will travel to Japan in July 2018 to participate in the opening event and public program activities to coincide with the Yidaki exhibition at the Echigo-Tsumari Triennale – one of the largest art festivals in the world and held in Japan every three years.

The appearance of the artists and community members from Arnhem Land will bring the exhibition to life and provide an authentic experience to all audiences. An exciting event combining ceremony, performance, music, dance, film and artist workshops, where visitors are transported to Arnhem Land, the home of yidaki, to experience not only the songlines and ceremonies of the Yolgnu people, but also the use of yidaki in contemporary rock music.

Key dates:

  • Opening launch of Yidaki exhibition at Echigo-Tsumari, Echigo-Tsumari, 12 July 2018
  • Public programs following the opening, including events of music, dance, film, ceremony, performance and workshops, Echigo-Tsumari, 13 to 15 July 2018
  • Ceremony and performance in Tokyo, 11 July 2018

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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $30,000.00 with no GST in addition

Total project value: $30,000.00

Last Updated: 14 September 2017
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