It’s NAIDOC week, an annual national celebration held from the first Sunday of July, to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC week consists of events and celebrations across the country.
Performing Lines has the privilege of working with a host of First Nations artists across a wide spread of disciplines, in each of our state offices. Their insights and creative practices form an invaluable part of our artistic footprint as an organisation. This NAIDOC week we have spoken to a small handful of the First Nations artists with whom we work.
First we hear from Amrita Hepi, an interdisciplinary choreographer and dancer, of Bundjulung/Ngapuhi territories.
How are you keeping busy these days?
At the moment I am living in Naarm and am busy working on my show RINSE that will have its full length premier in October this year as well as a few other projects within visual arts. I am also swimming a lot!
What does this year’s NAIDOC week theme, “Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!” mean to you? To whom do you think it’s speaking?
To me this theme is about what it means to show up for people, and to be an active participant and how we choose to do that. I know that for a lot of mob there is an intrinsic sense of responsibility in the many things we choose to do – as well as what it means to be part of a community.
In my work I am interested in the politics of participation and believe that we are always participating in cultural shaping whether we are conscious of it or not. So being aware of how we choose to do that is important.