Home' The Dreaming : The Dreaming 2010 Programme Contents A Message from the Programme Director
Welcome to The Dreaming 2010. As the new Programme Director of The
Dreaming I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this year's festival is full
of heart and soul. Hitting the ground running with less than a month before
programme deadline, Di, Hannah and I a.k.a. the 'Dream-Team', alongside
our fellow Queensland Folk Federation staff have endured everything from
floods and wild storms, to the breakdown of our IT system, naturally at the
most critical of times. But as a testament to our collective resilience and
commitment to this world-class festival, we have prevailed.
Obstacles are only obstacles if you make them, instead we chose to view
these as challenges and opportunities. The result of which is a carefully
curated program, one that aims to provide a pathway for people of all
ages to experience The Dreaming festival in its many and varied forms. It
should also be said, this years programme represents the coming together
of two visions; one which honours former Artistic Director Rhoda Roberts'
contribution yet melds together aspirations of new leadership, new
beginnings and new dreams.
Through this, we introduce a taste of what's to come in 2011 and beyond
with the launch of our newest venue 'Nomads Palace', coffee house/wine bar
by day with a strong speakers program and artist interviews live from the
soon to be infamous 'Red Couch'. Its close proximity to a host of great food
options will be sure to make it a venue of choice. By night the Palace takes it
up a notch with an eclectic mix of sound and vibes, offered well into the early am.
There's also the regeneration of the 'Little Blak Duck' and the introduction
of 'wICKED wAY', a promenade for youth by youth featuring the 'Yung Ppls
Soundstage'. This leads into 'Jarjum (kids) Place' a dedicated children's space,
with a programme including family theatre, ochre painting and storytelling.
Most importantly we have addressed key issues around the Dancestry
grounds and will be trialing a covering and heating technique to make this
site more amenable to audiences and artists alike. With a raft of musical
performances, galleries, spoken word, comedy, cabaret, theatre, stalls,
speakers and workshops, it can be said that there is definitely something for
everyone. Celebrate with us.
In the beginning The Dreaming was an event that would showcase the
depth and breadth of Indigenous arts mainly from Australian Indigenous
people with a sprinkling of internationals. The Dreaming has become more
than that. The proud people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI)
cultures have become hosts of what truly is emerging as an international
event beyond what we might reasonably have imagined.
While many Australians are searching for their cultural identity, the
commercial world hasn't had a problem branding Australia with
Aboriginal art and music in logos, postcards, merchandise, in tourist
shops, travel promotions, websites ... everywhere. Interest in Australian
Indigenous people doesn't stop at that. People around the world study
Aboriginal Australia in schools, universities and the thirst of audiences
internationally seems unquenchable. Yet on our home shores ATSI cultural
activists struggle for recognition, places to perform and audiences for
their expressions. This Dreaming festival is part of a movement which is
Indigenous cultures are as diverse as non-Indigenous cultures and on this
continent alone the incredible diversity of language, music and art of our
Indigenous people is astounding. Add to that, that the modern Indigenous
interpretation of contemporary Australia across all art forms has given
birth to new expressions, a contribution for which all Australians will be
identified and benefit.
Rhoda Roberts was the inaugural Director of the Dreaming and for
the past five years brought together a programme of events for our
organisation that has captured the imagination of thousands. She has
now passed on the baton having created a benchmark for programming
cultural events that shows the special diversity, stories and expressions of
Indigenous people everywhere.
On behalf of our Custodians and their spokesman Noel Blair, our new
Programme Director Sam Cook and her team, The Committee, Staff,
Organising Group, Volunteers, Merchants and our wonderful sponsors,
welcome to our 6th festival of The Dreaming. Be absorbed in something
special and join the movement.
Bill Hauritz AM
QFF Executive Director
feathers ochres totems moIety cleansIng smudgIng buckskIn tapa scarrIng
from the beginning to the end of time, this is Jinibara country. the four clans of the Jinibara
nation, dungidau, dala, nalbo and garumaga are the keepers of the lands on which the
dreaming is held. we stand together with you in spirit and unity, respecting the country we
now all share and in doing so offer a safe passage to everyone who has come to celebrate
with us. listen, look and embrace Jinibara country that is forever our home.
uncle noel blair and uncle kenny murphy, Jinibara nation representatives
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