SummerFest 2018 | Spinifex Gum

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Event Details

11 March 2018 at 7:00 pm – 11 March 2018 at 10:00 pm
Robert Blackwood hall, 49 Scenic Blvd, Monash University Clayton
Clayton Campus
Open to:
All Monsh students and staff
Performing Arts; General


In 2015 Felix Riebl, lead singer of The Cat Empire, took up residence in the Pilbara to spend time on the land and hear the stories of the Yindjibarndi community. Spinifex Gum is the result, a series of unique, topical and inspiring new songs that chart the dramatic contrasts of the land of the Pilbara as well as its political and social topography.

From this collaboration Spinifex Gum became an album, a live performance and a shared passion to ignite change. Developed in collaboration with Marliya – a choir of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teenage girls from Gondwana Choirs directed by Lyn Williams – and guest artists including Peter Garrett, Emma Donovan, Ollie McGill and Briggs, the songs are now a unique and inspiring self-titled album and concert. Audiences are invited to witness this unique, topical and inspiring all-Australian show performed in its Australian premiere at Monash University by the full choir, Felix Riebl, Peter Garrett, Briggs, and in a special Melbourne appearance, Christine Anu.

The lyrics themselves respond to both the natural landscape of the Pilbara, and apply uncompromising clarity to the painful injustices facing many Indigenous communities. The tough reality of these issues however is blended with lush choral vocals, unforgettable melodies and the exuberant energy of the young performers of Marliya.

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