Djuki Mala performers have arrived in Bundaberg and tonight, audiences can expect to be taken on an epic journey of music, dance and culture when the show kicks off at 7 pm.
Moncrieff Entertainment Centre Manager, Arts & Cultural Services Rod Ainsworth said the major performance was a highlight for the venue, and was made possible thanks to sponsorship from CQUniversity.
“We are absolutely rapt to get such an internationally-known act here as part of our season this year and it's brilliant that it has tied in with National Reconciliation Week,” he said.
“We couldn't have a season without our major sponsors, CQUniversity as it enables us to bring these bigger name acts to Bundaberg.”
CQUniversity's Luke Sinclair said sponsoring the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre was afforded many fantastic opportunities in the arts and entertainment sector.
“We just see it as a fantastic partnership from now and hopefully into the future where we bring cultural acts like Djuki Mala, and Confluence Festival as well, to the region,” he said.
“These types of big performances and events showcase to people all the different creative outlets available out there.
“Partnering with the Moncrieff brings talent here – talent that makes people think and dream and believe.”
Djuki Mala performance
Djuki Mala achieved overnight success when Frank Djirrimbilpilwuy uploaded a video clip of the group dancing to “Zorba the Greek” on YouTube in October 2007.
Within twelve weeks it had peaked at over 500,000 hits worldwide and to date it stands at over 2.5 million views.
Since then, they have created a number of shows combining their re-interpretations of popular culture and dance with narrative and drama.
The work reflects the juxtapositions they see in contemporary Yolngu culture, and offers a rare and insightful view into Aboriginal Australia.
The style of dancing and comedic element of their performance has its origins in Yolngu culture as much as the traditional dance.
Book tickets to tonight's performance at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre here.