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Indigenous Australian art: stuff we’re looking forward to


Handpicked by Associate Producer Erica McCalman, here’s some highlights of what’s on in the coming months in the way of outstanding work by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists:

If you’re in Sydney tomorrow (Friday 12 July) the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence will be hosting their annual NAIDOC Family and Sports Day. This year’s theme is the 50th anniversary of Yirkkala Bark Petitions: an integral step on the road to recognition.  For more information and a program of the full day’s activities head here.

At the Malthouse Theatre you can currently see Jimi Bani (Mabo) as Lancelot, a knight on a mission to vanquish the mighty dragon. Jimi performs in Dragon alongside Tripod, written by Toby Schmitz and directed by Marion Potts. This show closes on 14 July so look smart!

The final show in MTC’s very successful inaugural Neon Festival of Independent Theatre,  The Sovereign Wife, stars Jason De Santis (Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui), with dramaturgy by Nakkiah Lui (winner of the Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award for This Heaven). The Sovereign Wife opens on Friday 12 July and runs until 21 July.

Melbourne’s own Uncle Jack Charles is currently touring nationally in Jack Charles vs the Crown, by our neighbours at the Meat Market, Ilbijerri Theatre. You can also catch Billy MacPherson (Aboriginal actor and playwright) in the Sydney Festival hit I’m Your Man around the country.

In Brisbane don’t miss My Life As I Live It: First Peoples and Black Cinema at QAGOMA, featuring  Rachel Perkins, Warwick Thornton and Beck Cole amongst others alongside First Peoples from New Zealand, Canada, the US and  the UK. Its open now and runs until 1 September 2013.