The dynamic Djuki Mala performers, from Elcho Island and North East Arnhem Land, travelled to eight regional Queensland communities for shows and workshops 27 May to 3 June 2019.
The timing of the tour to coincide with Reconciliation Week meant that presenters found valuable reasons and purpose to engage with local indigenous elders, performers and community members. Presenters worked hard to facilitate meetings, ceremonies, performances and storytelling opportunities with several making a full program of events around this performance.
All the venues reported larger audience numbers than anticipated. In addition, venues also reported a large percentage of first time attendees with several people driving long distances to attend.
The Djuki Mala dancers delivered the workshops themselves and this direct contact between the people appearing on the stage and the identified communities brought a great response. The engagement with primary, secondary and Indigenous schools/organisations was an incredibly positive experience for both attendees and the dancers themselves.
The Queensland Tour visited HOTA Gold Coast, Mackay, Yeppoon, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Gympie, Toowoomba and Ipswich.
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