2021 – Macquarie Marshes & Sandy Camp
Every year Moorambilla Voices and their collaborative artists travel to culturally significant sites in rural and remote areas to discover and find inspiration for our annual program. Our cultural immersions are a deeply engaging experience for our artists to work directly with local elders and story holders to create profound cultural respect and understanding expressed in our musical compositions.
Moorambilla artists will be traveling to immerse themselves at the Macquarie Marshes and Sandy Camp in May 2021.
2020 – ‘Living Song line’ celebrating 15 Years
Due to COVID-19, Moorambilla Voices will continue to be an award-winning arts program and in light of this ever-evolving landscape we wish to continue to support our children in western NSW.
Given it is our 15th year, Michelle our Artistic Director has had a concept that blossomed last week! The ‘social distancing’ scenario now in place has motivated Moorambilla to think conceptually about creating a digital participant interactive ‘living song line’ for you – a ray of collaborative artistic hope in this incredibly unstable time.
This will help connect all our candidates, and our extraordinary artists to showcase 15 years’ worth of repertoire, relationships and interdisciplinary practice online for future sharing nationally.
2019 – Macquarie Marshes
On 22 – 26 May 2019, Moorambilla had local expert Danielle Flakelar (creation story cultural knowledge holder and National Parks employee) leading our immersion at the Macquarie Marshes with an amazing team onsite with Aunty Brenda McBride (elder), Sooty Welsh (Aboriginal visual Artist), Nicola Brookhouse (Marshes Ranger), Leanne & Garry Hall (property owners). Our artists also enjoyed tours by Warren’s Dr Bill Phillips at the Window on the Wetlands (WOW) Centre showcasing the natural beauty of the unique landscape and birdlife. They also learnt about the history of Beemunnel Reserve.
This year, despite the long and savage drought, the Marshes have an elegant and pared back beauty. At dusk and sunrise the uplifting power of the marshes showed us a fraction of their capacity to inspire. With approximately one-third of our students identifying as Indigenous, our cultural immersion places our connection to country at the heart of what we do. The continued conversations strengthen our shared connection to country knowledge holders, linguists and artists who help us ground this program in the stories and worldview for all who love this land of ours.
2018 – Byrock Water Holes & Brewarrina Fish Traps
Moorambilla Voices artists travelled to Brewarrina Fish Traps and Byrock Water Holes for the annual Artistic Cultural Immersion.
We were delighted to work with Brad Steadman, an Ngemba man with extensive cultural knowledge, and Melissa Kirby a Wayilwan woman born and raised in Brewarrina. Her grandmother’s language lives through her and we are extremely honoured that she is sharing it with Moorambilla!
Nine Moorambilla artists in residence were part of the immersion: Artistic Director & Conductor Michelle Leonard OAM, composers Alice Chance, Kevin Barker and Josephine Gibson, Noni Carroll, photographer in residence, Jacob Williams, choreographer in residence, Sara Tinning, lantern maker, Clive Birch, speaker and Annie Berrell our Moorambilla mum. We can’t wait to develop the program further into the Baradine camps.
Stunning photography by Noni Carroll captures the landscape and the cultural experience.
Moorambilla Voices relies heavily on financial support to inspire and encourage the amazing children from the far rural and remote areas of NSW.