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Shepp Music Week: Developing Music Environments on Indigenous Land

7 March 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+10

Developing Music Environments on Indigenous Land.
Brady Jones, In conversation with Neil Morris


Performance from DJ Rivity Rascal and Lillie Walker

Welcome to Country: Wulumbarra

Workshop Speakers: Neil Morris , Brady Jones


When Yorta Yorta people moved to Shepparton in 1939 after Walking off the Cummeragunja Mission to the Flats, the practice of music amongst First Nations peoples had been severely affected by Colonial impacts. These impacts related to the strictness of Mission conditions which prevented Cultural practices in traditional forms from continuing.

However, gradually there has been an increasing participation by First Nations people within music. This has been through work which is as compelling as it is world class. First Nations peoples have not only increased their participation in music, but have been thriving on many other levels within music sphere. Their vital work is linked to 80,000 plus years of storytelling traditions.

Now, in these times that we are living in, numerous indigenous communities are beginning to flourish. This growth is building momentum through the increasing awareness of the value and place of First Nations and other marginalised groups across society. As a result, there is a widespread challenging and deconstructing of systemic oppression’s and discriminations.

Whilst there is still a long way to go, now is a time of powerful change and transformation. It is an important time to consider what it means to build Music Environments on Indigenous Land. How does this occur in a way that is considerate of First Peoples’ important position on their own lands? It is critically important that the value of song for Indigenous people, which has played a pivotal role for thousands of years on these lands, is understood.

This #SheppMusicWeek workshop is brought to you by Music Victoria, Still Here and Regional Arts Victoria with support from Creative Victoria.

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It is a requirement that Shepparton Music Week ticketholders are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. All attendees must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a valid medical exemption.

We acknowledge that Shepparton Music Week will take place on the lands of the Yorta Yorta Peoples and we acknowledge all eight clan groups of the Yorta Yorta Nation. We acknowledge and pay respects to them, their elders and all Traditional Owners past, present and emerging and acknowledge that their Sovereignty has not been ceded.


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