This live show is now sold out
A celebration of the Boonwurrung seasons, Gareeal (pronounced gah-ree-al) —the current season, meaning ‘summer rains’— will open the Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee First People Arts and Cultural Festival with a night of song, ceremony, dance, soundscapes and immersive art.
Join us for a special evening co-curated by Allara, featuring performances by Alice Skye, Bumpy and Monica Jasmine Karo, accompanied with string arrangements by Aaron Wyatt and performed by Ensemble Dutala & Friends, and ceremony led by Culture Evolves. This one-time-only event will celebrate the journey all living things take, and reveal the powerful connections between us, here and now, the land, spirit, culture, and Ancestors.
This special event is part of the 2021 Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee First People’s Art and Cultural Festival, produced by The City of Port Phillip.
Note: this is a ticketed event with limited seats available.
- Memo Music Hall, St Kilda
- Thursday March 25
- 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Alice Skye is a Wergaia/Wemba Wemba person living and writing music in Naarm (Melbourne, Australia). Since her first album, the critically acclaimed 'Friends with Feelings' she has signed with Bad Apples, the Indigenous-driven label that celebrates and prioritises' blak excellence. Alice's upcoming sophomore album 'I Feel Better but I Don't Feel Good' was produced by local artist Jen Cloher. Her work continues to look inwards and explores finding staunchness in softness.
Emerging with her own independent artistry, BUMPY, a proud Noongar woman delves into a world where vulnerability is power. She presents an introspective view into her truths and learnings whilst delivering it with her hypnotic vocal style and layers of lush melodic themes. Her debut release ‘Falling’ (Sept 2020) caught national attention, seeing her featured in some of Australia’s magazines and played on radio stations across the country. A mesmerizing First Nations artist that is working on a follow up release due in 2021.
Monica Jasmine Karo
Monica Jasmine Karo, a proud Gunai and Gunditjmara woman, is a singer-songwriter, actor, spoken-word poet and emerging playwright. Monica has been performing and creating in Narrm for over eight years in various theatre projects, festivals, creative developments and collaborations. Monica studied Fine Arts Theatre at Victorian College of the Arts and in 2019 debuted an excerpt of her playscript 'Mother Country' at Melbourne Theatre Company as a part of Ilbijerri Theatre Company's BlackWrights Program. Monica brings a raw element by infusing her spoken-word, writing and music with personal experiences of womxnhood, connection to Country, Kinship, love and loss. Cultural and spiritual reclamation are integral to her artistry as she hopes to empower, bring about justice, change and healing through her art.
Short Black Opera is a not-for-profit arts company based in Melbourne, dedicated to providing pathways for Indigenous singers and instrumentalists into the world of Classical music. Under the Artistic leadership of Deborah Cheetham AO, SBO produces multi-faceted arts programs that provide training and performance opportunities for Indigenous artists around the country. Short Black Opera has become a beacon of excellence for First Nations performers, leading the way in Indigenous-led arts practice in Australia and inspiring a greater understanding and respect of First Nations culture within the broader community.
In 2020, Short Black Opera established an ensemble of professional First Nations musicians who have come together to form Australia’s first ATSI Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Dutala. Led by conductor and violist Aaron Wyatt (Noongar), Ensemble Dutala is designed to increase the visibility and status of ATSI orchestral musicians in Australia. Short Black Opera is proud to support Ensemble Dutala artists involved in the 2021 Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee.
Culture Evolves utilises traditional Aboriginal dance, songs, lore and modern dance to highlight the importance of social justice and social ecology in today’s society from a First Nations perspective.
Allara is a Yorta Yorta, musician, composer, filmmaker, and involved in the climate justice movement. Using a double bass and loop station at the core, she is inspired by ancient oral traditions and is a natural storyteller. Allara harnesses hard-hitting spoken word taking the listener on a journey reflecting cultural, spiritual and environmental empowerment. Gently lulling audiences into a united chorus of unadorned melodies, her sound is unique and soul-stirring.