FREE Concert - Mt Druitt Indigenous Children's Choir visit Gladstone
Next Wednesday 16 July at 12 noon, the Children's Choir will perform a FREE concert for the public at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum. Audiences in the Region can come and enjoy the talents of the kids and their families from The Mt Druitt Indigenous Choir. As well as singing, the Choir dances Indigenous actions, linking with the audience using clapsticks and didgeridoos.
Hailing from Mt Druitt in Sydney's Western Suburbs, the Choir members will be singing in their local Dharug Language taking as their theme, 7 Indigenous Wonders and exploring in song and dance the positive traditions of Aboriginal life like dreaming, spirit, food, kinship and language.
The Choir has become extremely popular, performing at forty venues in New South Wales. In December of 2013 the Choir appeared before thousands of people at the Dee Why Christmas Carols and then, more recently, sung at the St Ives Show last May. This time on their 'Freedoms Tour' of Queensland they will include venues in Toowoomba, Cherbourg, Rockhampton, Woorabinda, Brisbane, Gold Coast and in our own city of Gladstone.
While in the Gladstone Region the Choir plans to perform mostly at schools for local children with only one public event held at the Gallery & Museum (12pm, Wednesday 16 July). After the Choir's lively public performance, the Gallery & Museum will host a meet and greet opportunity for the community over a FREE light lunch before the performers head off to their next venue.
Dave Armstrong, founder of One Good Day, the outreach arm of Nulawala Inc. and coordinator of the Choir, says the organisation provides an opportunity for kids from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and wider communities, to get together and have one good day with lots of fun, laughter and refreshment. “Our desire is to achieve the dream that every day can be special for the kids and their families.” The Choir is just one part of this worthwhile initiative.
For information about One Good Day or to give a donation, visit www.onegoodday.org.au.
For more information about the Choir's public performance, call the Gallery & Museum on (07) 4976 6766. The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum is located on the corner of Goondoon & Bramston Streets, Gladstone and is open 10am - 5pm, Monday to Saturday with FREE admission.