Spinifex Gum is a collaborative and uniquely Australian project by a collective of Indigenous and non-Indigenous creatives including Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill (The Cat Empire), Deborah Brown (Bangarra Dance Theatre), Lyn Williams AM (Gondwana Choirs) and Marliya – a choir of talented young Indigenous female singers from Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait – who have come together to create music and art that challenge and inspire contemporary Australia.
Celebrated for its unique ability to disarm and uplift audiences, Spinifex Gum is part political and part aspirational, exploring a mix of hard-hitting issues that are pertinent to all Australians of our time, themes of friendship and female empowerment, and acknowledge what can achieved when we come together as one.
The standing ovations received each time Spinifex Gum is performed speak for themselves. They tell us that Australia wants and needs to hear more of these stories, but it’s how Spinifex Gum presents them that is different. In Marliya we have a remarkable group of young women and girls who are able to engage audiences in a way that no individual can – simultaneously provoking thought and promoting empathy and understanding.
We are looking for a multi-year investment to support to the next phase for Spinifex Gum, including the creative development of new shows, increased national and international performance opportunities, and keeping the buzz around this unique project alive via a dedicated marketing and PR strategy that builds on SG success to date, and aims to increase and diversify highly engaged social media audiences through the creation of accessible, participatory and engaging content.
ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE
- First album “Spinifex Gum” launched in late 2017
- World premiere performance at Adelaide Festival in 2018
- Performances at the 2018 AFL Dreamtime Opening Ceremony and the 2018 Invictus Games Closing Ceremony
- Sold out performance in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall for the 2019 Sydney Festival
- 2019 National Tour: Garma Festival, National Indigenous Music Awards (Darwin), Red Earth Arts Festival (Karratha and Roebourne), Parliament House and Canberra Theatre, and Melbourne Recital Centre
- Performances announced at Womadelaide and Perth Festival 2020
- Helpmann Award Nomination in the prestigious “Best New Australian Work” category
- Invitations to return to Garma Festival, perform at the Desert Song Festival and perform in France in 2021 as part of “Australia Now”
- Second album “Sisters” released late 2019
- Over 50 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander choristers have participated in the project to date
- Over 20,000 voices collected in support of a first nations voice in the Australian Constitution through innovative campaign “Dream Baby Dream”
- Significant leadership and personal development opportunities for Marliya Choir members as a result of being involved in Spinifex Gum
– eg. Brianna Durante (Marliya Choir member and lead singer on “Together”) received a scholarship to attend the Sydney Conservatorium of Music commencing 2020
DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE
It is rare that a creative project has such a significant impact off the back of one album and one show, so now that they’re here, they are driven by their success to date, filled with ambition and wanting to dream big.
SG goals for the next 3-5 years include:
• Securing funding that will enable a highly passionate and talented Spinifex Gum team to set long term goals that are unique, sophisticated and have the potential for a lasting impact both creatively and in the social impact sphere
• Developing new shows, starting with a new show based around the “Sisters” album which celebrates the deep friendship, youthful spirit and collective strength of Marliya Choir
• Being in a position to be able to accept exceptional performance opportunities that are unique, remote and require extra funds to turn into a reality – eg. Garma and Desert Song Festival in 2020 and “Australia Now” in France in 2021
• Creating an online resource for schools and communities wanting to perform our songs – includes accessible scores, charts and backing tracks for download, accompanying choreography (filmed), exploring links to Australian Curriculum and Indigenous Literacy Foundation priorities and associated online portal platform development and marketing
• Continuing to develop bespoke content creation to support continued brand development, engaging social media presence, and more ground- breaking campaigns like “Dream Baby Dream”
Spinifex Gum is a collective of creatives and passionate people who have believed in the project from the get-go, and work tirelessly to realise our dreams. The team are grateful to the individuals, foundations and government funding bodies who have supported SG activity over the past two years, and welcome conversations with individuals and organisations who are interested to support SG goals into the future.
For more information, please contact Bronwyn Lobb, Spinifex Gum Development & Partnerships Manager on 0420 493 828 or email@example.com