Australian Embassy

Australian Musician Performs Special Virtual Concert

Media Release

6 November 2020

The Australian Embassy will host a special virtual concert exclusively for Indonesians on Sunday 8 November to celebrate Australia’s Indigenous culture and history.

Award-winning didgeridoo artist William Barton will perform at Australia’s oldest library, the State Library of NSW in Sydney, supported by a string quartet, in a special event that that will be streamed live through the Embassy’s YouTube and Facebook platforms from 16.00 WIB.

The performance will mark the beginning of NAIDOC Week in Australia – a week in which Australians celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Australia’s First Nations peoples.

On Friday 13 November, the Embassy will hold a virtual Story Time session with Jessica Staines. Jessica will read the popular children’s book Kookoo Kookaburra by Australian author and illustrator Gregg Dreise.

We strongly encourage young Indonesians to tune in for a taste of Indigenous Australian culture.

“Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the world’s oldest continuous cultures,” Australia’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Gary Quinlan said. “They have lived on and cared for the Australian continent for more than 65,000 years.”

“Music, song and story-telling are fundamental to these cultures. This performance will be a special event and I am so pleased that Indonesians will have the opportunity to experience the uniquely Australian didgeridoo.”

The theme of this year’s NAIDOC celebrations is Always Was, Always Will Be (Aboriginal land).

This theme recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have lived on and cared for the Australian continent for more than 65,000 years.

William Barton live concert: YouTube Live Australian Embassy Jakarta

Kookoo Kookaburra book reading: YouTube Live Australian Embassy Jakarta

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