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Giiyong: Grow the Music - a Feast for the Eyes, the Ears and the Soul

After the great success of South East Arts’ Wallaga Lake Koori Community Concert and music workshops in recent weeks, South East Arts has brought the Grow the Music program to Eden. There will be a huge community concert to celebrate the end of the program on Saturday 28 October at the Monaroo Bobberrer Gudu Keeping Place, Jigamy starting at 5.00pm and everyone is invited.
 
The Grow the Music team of Lizzy Rutten, Emily Vera and Warren Foster Jnr have found some incredible talent in the young artists from Eden Marine High School in particular. A team effort from the students has resulted in an all original song being created from scratch in just one week during daily workshops.
 
Will Webb, student and bass player said “It’s great to try something new and learn to play music in a group.”
 
“It’s a great chance for me to express myself with all the art forms I love,” said student, singer songwriter and photographer Alexus Budd.
 
The stories are the same over from all the students involved and a real bond is being formed beyond the normal school boundaries.
 
The Giiyong: Grow the Music Community Concert will feature some of these very talented students and other locals who have found new skills and self-confidence through the program. Long lasting memories are being created with Grow the Music, on the journey to Saturday’s concert.
 
South East Arts is also bringing Aboriginal hip hop artist Nooky along for the ride. Hailing from Nowra, now based in Sydney, Nooky has graced the stage with many high profile artists – opening for Tech N9ne, A.B. Original, Urthboy, Briggs, Jimblah, The Daily Meds and touring with P Smurf.
 
Nooky has signed with Briggs’ label, Bad Apples Music and in 2016 received The Australia Council for the Arts’ Dreaming Award which recognises inspirational young Indigenous artists. Nooky will perform at the concert.
 
Singer songwriter Robbie Bundle will be performing as well and local festival favourites – rapper Gabadoo, singer Chelsy Atkins and country crooner Allo Walker.
 
Andrew Gray, General Manager of South East Arts says, “It has been great to be able to bring the Grow the Music team to Eden this year, after several years of successful programs and concerts at Wallaga Lake. This is the second of our Giiyong events to take place at the Keeping Place, all leading up to the Giiyong Festival in September 2018.”
 
“We are working with the community and local organisations to develop and inspire local talent and to help Twofold Aboriginal Corporation and Eden Local Aboriginal Lands Council reinvigorate the Keeping Place as a great local cultural venue. We really want everyone to come and see the amazing local talent and what is possible when we all work together,” he said.
 
The Giiyong: Grow the Music concert will have a particularly unique visual element. Sydney-based video artist and designer Mic Gruchy will set the scene with amazing visual projections designed specifically for this event using the work of local Aboriginal artists from the Far South Coast including Dalmeny’s Natalie Bateman, and Nathan Lygon and Les Kosez from Eden. Mr Gruchy is working closely these and other artist, joined by Bega Valley Libraries’ Programs and Partnerships Officer, Scott Baker.
 
Mr Gruchy’s work spans the fields of theatre, opera, dance, installation, feature film and television. He has worked with Djuki Mala (the Chooky Dancers), Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Dance Company and Legs on the Wall. His video artworks have been shown at Adelaide and Perth Festivals and MOMA in New York.
 
The evening will also include short films produced during the Grow the Music program and a special dance performance by the Eden-based Duurunu Miru Dance Group.
 
There will be a sausage sizzle on the night as well as local art and craft for sale. Entry to the Giiyong: Grow the Music concert is by gold coin donation. Everybody is welcome to come and enjoy the night and support this great initiative.
 
The Grow the Music program and Community Concerts are part of South East Arts’ long term initiative building towards the Giiyong Festival at Jigamy in September 2018. Other programs planned for next year include Desert Pea Media working with Aboriginal students from Bega and Eden High Schools, and puppet theatre company Erth working with students from Bega Public School.
 
More information on Grow the Music and South East Arts can be found at www.southeastarts.org.au.