Home' Tennant and District Times : 2016-0311 TDT Contents 10 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 11 MARCH 2016
TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 11 MARCH 2016 11
GET SET FOR A LAUGH
From the oldest culture on earth comes the freshest and funniest standup
comedy around. It’s the all-original Aboriginal Comedy Allstars showcase
- featuring four of the brightest comedy stars under the Milky Way.
Barkly Regional Arts are teaming up with bp Tennant Creek to present a unique
community event. To help celebrate the fresh new inside look of bp we are
presenting the hilarious Aboriginal Comedy All-Stars to entertain everyone. The
event is being held at the bp grounds and will begin at 6:30pm with live music and
an outdoor dinner (choice of chicken Singapore noodles or Malaysian beef curry
with rice and fried rice-not included in ticket price). Plus there is entertainment &
nibbles inside the bp store with comedy kicking off at 7:30pm.
“The Aboriginal Comedy Allstars is cheeky, playful, irreverent, and
hilarious. An utterly unique comedy experience – great, big belly laughs
from the heart of the wide, brown land.”
Matt Ford is the latest in a squad of exciting young talents rapidly establishing
themselves as the next generation of Australian standup. Shiralee Hood has
survived the Canberra bush fires, lived next to the Tent Embassy’s sacred fire
outside Parliament House in Canberra and had her front teeth knocked out
swinging on a Hill’s Hoist. Kevin Kropinyeri is Australia’s premier Aboriginal
comedy star, a high energy whirlwind that will have you holding your sides
laughing and Dane Simpson’s cheeky online sketches such as “Chips and
Devon” are making this bright new talent a bit of a Facebook favourite.
THURSDAY 17th MARCH | 6:30pm- 9:00pm | Tickets $10 buy in store at bp
Warnings: Suitable for 16+, standup comedy often contains strong language & adult concepts.
‘HEALTHY EATING, HEALTHY LIVING’
Friday July 29th- Sunday July 31st
DIGITAL WORKSHOP: In 2012 AMSANT gave funding to BRA to develop a digital
product to address cyber bullying issues happening within the community. This was
in response to a ‘Strong Choices Service Providers Workshop’ on 15th March 2012,
called ‘Us Mob Our Country’ with Apparr Wangkiji-Kari - Council of Elders and
Respected Persons (CERP). The result was an avatar called ‘CODEY’(you can find
him at www.barklyarts.com.au). Since then, Swinburne University & Telstra have
created a 3-year research project titled, ‘Cyber Safety for remote Northern Territory
Aboriginal people’. Part of this project is practical content creation from the Barkly
communities. The CODEY platform is being used to continue having discussions
around cyber safety and to create content that has ‘Digi-Smart’ messaging. This
means locally created content that feeds directly into the community through the
CODEY platform. The first stage is a Digital Design workshop being run in Tennant
Creek from the 21st-24th March, with the women from Stronger Families and youth
from the Leadership group and hostel.
TOURISM NT COMMERCIALS: Media Mob begin work on creating a series of TV
commercials which promote a range of all year round activities that locals &
visitors can ‘experience’ in Tennant Creek. Each commercial follows a theme
(health, art, culture, food, conservation) and features one young person who
represents one of those themes. This person welcomes visitors to experience “their
genre” of activities to do in Tennant Creek & will highlight local ‘experience
seeking’ activities that visitors can get actively involved in during their stay in
Tennant Creek. They will entice people to ‘stay the night’ and promote the 2016
themed “Healthy Eating, Healthy Living’ Desert Harmony Festival in Tennant Creek.
CAPTURING THE BARKLY
passionate about food?
We need a young
person to feature in the
Contact Kathy Burns
before end March
HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY WINANJJIKARI !
CONT... It is funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant (2016-2019), and is a partnership between
Queensland Conservatorium - Griffith University, Barkly Regional Arts, Regional Development Australia NT, Batchelor
Institute and Southern Cross University.
In 2014, when we began the long process of establishing a legitimate, academic research program, Barkly Regional
Arts was flying high with long-term funding contracts signed of in all of our program areas. The Desert Harmony Festival
was taking off as a major regional and Territory event on the back of the programs. Our community outreach capacity
was healthy. We had 19 full time and part-time positions.
But anyone who is involved in the Arts sector will be familiar with the fragility of Arts funding, both government and non-
government. Over the last two years a number of program and strategic plan changes and new policy directions have
left community arts companies such as BRA in a fragile operational position. We’ve had to taper programs and not
replace personnel who have left. We are frankly in a position of having to do more with less.
BRA has an excellent track record and should weather this downturn. The Desert Harmony Festival, for instance, will not
appear to have changed much to audiences, but the delivery will be tougher and there will be fewer frills. Programs
will still function, but more in a ‘holding pattern’ than an expansion mode. 2016 will be a watershed year for BRA that
will see us either downsize or forge ahead in 2017 and beyond. We are waiting on the results of an enormous amount of
work to attract long-term funding from a number of sources. Currently, there is no operational surety beyond this year.
More than any other year in the last decade, 2016 is the year when local support through sponsorship, partnership and
volunteering is key to our survival as a leading community arts organisation. We invite locals to become members and
find out a little more about us.
And wouldn’t it be a pity if the “Creative Barkly” research project ended up measuring the negative impact of exiting
established long-term community arts programs from remote regional Australia!
In just 10 short years since 2006 the Winanjjikari Music Centre (WMC) has grown from
it’s early beginnings as a Commonwealth funded Shared Responsibility Agreement
(SRA) between a group of passionate local musicians and a cohort of local
organisations led by Barkly Regional Arts (BRA). It is now a well-resourced, highly
capable music centre that responds to community needs, offers a professional
platform for daily music industry activities, and is the major program of BRA’s
community arts programs.
WMC has gone through many changes in the last decade but they have all been
initiatives of, and driven by, local and regional Aboriginal musicians and production
personnel. This is something to celebrate! Many locals have contributed to WMC over
the years, and they should all be celebrated!
Since 2008, the now Ministry for the Arts has supported up to 10 part time and full time
positions at WMC. Over 50 Aboriginal musicians have benefitted from this employment
and training that has resulted in the core of fully trained, highly motivated crew we
have today. These employees, past and present, should be especially celebrated!
So this year’s 2016 Desert Harmony Festival will feature a WMC music event to
celebrate all of that. The event will offer an opportunity for the community and local
musicians to celebrate WMC’s contribution to the regional, Territory and national
identity through their traditional and contemporary musical production output.
Celebrate with WMC at this year’s Desert Harmony Festival!
Rayella performed in WA’s Nannup Music Festival on the 5th and 6th March. The
father and daughter duo keep touching the hearts of all those they perform too with
their beautiful sounds, lyrics and language. They still have a huge year ahead with
another album being set to record this year with WMC.
Reggie O’Reilly (left)
WMC on tour (middle)
Brian Morton training
young people (right)
Series 2 of ‘What’s Up
Listen out for
with the Desert 7’S
Links Archive 2016-0304 TDT 2016-0318 TDT Navigation Previous Page Next Page