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Media Release: 6th February 2012

Message Sticks 2012

27 March - 1 April
Sydney Opera House

Message Sticks returns to Sydney Opera House from 27th March – 1st April 2012 for a festival of music, talks, dance, story-telling, exhibitions and film screenings, showcasing the best of Indigenous film, music and performing arts in Australia.

Under the artistic direction of Rhoda Roberts, this year’s festival will not only feature the popular film component of previous years, but will also incorporate music, comedy, dance and inspiring speakers, drawing together an ensemble of Australia’s leading Indigenous artists and fusing contemporary and traditional art forms.

For 13 years, the annual Message Sticks Indigenous Festival has been a highlight in the Sydney Opera House calendar, showcasing the breadth and diversity of Indigenous culture and artists. In 2009, the Festival won the IF Award for Best Australian Film Festival and premiered Warwick Thornton’s Cannes winner Samson and Delilah.

Message Sticks 2012 will celebrate the very best of Indigenous arts with events such as; such as Mama Cass: The Tribute Concert featuring Casey Donovan, Dirtsong by Black Arm Band (featuring Archie Roach, Dan Sultan, Lou Bennett, Shellie Morris, Emma Donovan, Deline Briscoe, Djolpa MacKenzie, William Barton, Stephen Pigram, Tim Rogers (You Am I), Shane Howard), Icons featuring Archie Roach, Shane Howard and Neil Murray, Dancestry - a free modern day corroboree daily at dusk incorporating ancient rituals, dance, and song. Film and Talks sessions such as Margaret and David at the Black Screen, Tent Embassy and Identity with Gary Foley and Larissa Behrendt and  Living the Intervention: Our Generation with panelists Damien Curtis, John Pilger, Jeff McMullen, Alec Doomadgee and Rosalee Pearson.

Sydney Opera House Chief Executive Richard Evans said, “We have long celebrated Indigenous arts and culture while also providing training and employment for young Indigenous people through a targeted program of traineeships. Sydney Opera House is proud to be aligned with Message Sticks.”

RHODA ROBERTS JOINS SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE IN NEW ROLE
One of Australia’s leading creative minds has been appointed to the first dedicated position of its kind at the Sydney Opera House to boost Indigenous arts content in its program of events. Known for her involvement with a number of large events including Sydney New Years Eve, Rhoda Roberts will be the new Head of Indigenous Programming at the Sydney Opera House for the next two years.  Rhoda Roberts is a significant force on the Australian arts scene. She is a sought-after film and stage actor and television and radio host. Rhoda has written, produced and directed some of Australia's most important public productions. She was the founding Director of The Dreaming Festival in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and continued in this role until 2009.
Rhoda is Producer for Vibe Australia and has been Festival Director of the Garma Festival, produced by the Yothu Yindi Foundation. She was a co-founding member of Australia's first national Aboriginal theatre company, the Aboriginal National Theatre Trust (ANTT). Well known as a journalist and presenter for SBS television's current affairs program Vox Populi, Rhoda has also worked for Network Ten and ABC Radio as a producer and journalist.
Rhoda is a member of the Bundjalung nation, Widjabul clan of Northern NSW and South East QLD.
MEDIA CONTACT:
Alexandra Barlow / abarlow@sydneyoperahouse.com / 02 9250 7825 / 0412 085 032


List of Events


Tuesday, March 27
5:00pm – 8.00pm daily, Western Broadwalk - Dancestry
7:30pm, The Studio - Casey Donovan - Mama Cass: The Tribute Concert (Opening Night)
Casey Donovan is a tour de force in Mama Cass: The Tribute Concert. Casey and her band bring new life to the legendry music of Mama Cass (Cass Elliott) and her superstar band The Mamas and the Papas. This is a fitting tribute and perfect showcase of Casey Donovan's virtuosity.

Wednesday, March 28
7:00am – 10:00pm, Western Foyer – Exhibition: Under the Beach Umbrella
5:00pm – 8.00pm daily, Western Broadwalk - Dancestry
7.00pm – 9.00pm, Playhouse, - Margaret & David- At The Black Screen (Film + Talk)
Join Margaret & David as they delve into the small and large screen of Black Cinema, with discussion ranging from iconic Australian classics through to exciting new work from emerging filmmakers.
8:15pm, The Studio - Casey Donovan - Mama Cass: The Tribute Concert

Thursday, March 29
7:00am - 10:00pm, Western Foyer – Exhibition: Under the Beach Umbrella
10:00am – 11.30am, Playhouse - HOUSE: ED School Screening - Session One
12:30pm – 2.00pm, Playhouse HOUSE: ED School Screening - Session Two
5:00pm – 8.00pm daily, Western Broadwalk - Dancestry
7:00pm – 9.30pm, Playhouse - Living the Intervention: Our Generation (Film + Talk) with Damien Curtis, Jeff McMullen, Alec Doomadgee, Rosealee Pearson and John Pilger
8:15pm, -The Studio, Tri Nations Women's Business. A gathering of ancient stories, chants, music and song, this event unites women from three first nation cultures (Australia, New Zealand, Canada) as they highlight their similarities and differences when it comes to the environment, spirituality and women's business, featuring Moana and Trina Maniapoto from NZ, Denise Buldoc and Gail Maurice from Canada and our own Ursula Yovich and Emma Donovan.

Friday, March 30
7:00am – 10:00pm, Western Foyer – Exhibition: Under the Beach Umbrella
10:00am – 11.30am, Playhouse - HOUSE:ED School Screening - Session One
12:30pm – 2.00pm, Playhouse HOUSE:ED School Screening - Session Two
5:00pm – 8.00pm daily, Western Broadwalk - Dancestry
7:00pm – 9.30pm, Tent Embassy & Identity, Playhouse Ningla A-Na (Film + Talk) with Gary Foley and Larissa Behrendt
8.15pm - 9:15pm, The Studio - Api Our with Ernie Dingo
An intimate evening of song and story with one of Australia's most popular film and television personalities.

Saturday, March 31
7:00am – 10:00pm, Western Foyer – Exhibition: Under the Beach Umbrella
11.00am – 12.45pm, Playhouse – Free Films Session One NALINGU (Yours and  Mine)
SMUDGE and BABAKIUERIA + Q&A with Mitch Torres, Billy McPherson & Gail Maurice - convened by Denise Bolduc
2.00pm – 5.00pm, Playhouse - Free Films Session Two: THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING + Q&A with Toby Mills and Moana Maniapoto
 JANDAMARRA'S WAR + Q&A with Mitch Torres & Ernie Dingo
5:00pm – 8.00pm daily, Western Broadwalk - Dancestry
7:00pm – 9.30pm, Playhouse - What's the Fuss in the Kimberley? Old Country New Country (Film and Talk) with George Negus, Mitch Torres, Albert Wiggan and Stephen Pigram
8:15pm, The Studio - Icons - Archie Roach, Shane Howard & Neil Murray
Three song-writing legends. Three decades of music. Three classic songs that rocked the Australian music scene. One unforgettable night.

Sunday, April 1
7:00am – 10:00pm, Western Foyer – Exhibition: Under the Beach Umbrella
11.00am – 1.20pm, Playhouse Free Films Session One - KANEHSATAKE: 270 YEARS OF RESISTANCE,
+ Q&A with Denise Buldoc & Gail Maurice
2.20pm – 4.20pm, Playhouse - Free Films Session Two – TOOMELAH + Q &A after
5.15pm – 6.45pm, Playhouse – NO FIXED ADDRESS ON TOUR (Free Film + Talk) with Bart Willoughby and Richard Micallef
5:00pm – 8.00pm daily, Western Broadwalk - Dancestry
7.00pm – 8.30pm, Concert Hall - Black Arm Band - Dirtsong

The Festival's closing event is Black Arm Band's stunning new project, Dirtsong, a musical journey through Australia's heartland featuring a line-up of incredible Australian musicians. This event is sure to be a highlight of the festival. A perfect combination of music, language, song and images, Dirtsong reflects on the connection between land & people.

Black Arm Band line-up: Archie Roach, Dan Sultan, Lou Bennett (Tidas), Shellie Morris, Emma Donovan, Djolpa MacKenzie, Deline Briscoe, William Barton, Stephen Pigram, Tim Rogers (You Am I), Shane Howard + Band (Eugene Ball, Errki Veltheim, Rory MacDougall, Michael Meagher & Andrea Keller).

 

 

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