Gene introduces students to Indigenous art techniques and explains the meaning behind colours and symbols that combine to tell stories. Gene will demonstrate how the symbols for man, woman, child, waterhole, river and meeting place can be used and interpreted. Students then take this knowledge and create their own stories. At the end of the session, students will have the opportunity to show their artwork and tell their stories
Elder and culture worker Gene Blow has over 20 years’ experience sharing and teaching about his Aboriginal heritage. He demonstrates the didgeridoo and explains its origin and true name. He tells stories of the Dreaming and teaches sit-down dances which illustrate how stories are told through movement and introduces symbols found in Aboriginal visual art.
Join Sifu Gawain Siu as he presents the cultural significance and history of Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Chinese Lion Dance. Becoming a Kung Fu instructor at just 14 years old, Sifu now has more than 50 years of experience in Martial Arts and will deliver an active workshop promoting respect and harmony. This program is also available to be delivered virtually.
Elder and culture worker Gene Blow has over 20 years’ experience sharing and teaching about his Aboriginal heritage. In this program he demonstrates didgeridoo and explaining its origin and true name. He will tell stories of the Dreaming with content adjusted for the age group, teach sit-down dances that illustrate how stories are presented through movement and can introduce symbolic art which show how stories are presented visually. • Didgeridoo solo • 3 x ‘sit down’ Indigenous dances – teaching movement in unison with songs • 3 x Dreamtime stories – usually short creation stories • Native animal movement – mimicking of kangaroos, emus and eagles • 1 x ‘stand-up’ dance with song – ‘Farewell Dance’ Also available in a 45 minute or 60 minute sessions with: • Bull roarer demonstration • Indigenous artifacts • More animal mimicking
Immerse your students in Australian Indigenous culture with three rotating sessions of cultural programs led by Elder and culture worker Gene Blow, a Noonuccal man from Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) with over 20 years’ experience sharing his heritage with students. Gene teaches dance, and Gamillaroi artist Tracy Heaydon runs the session on symbolic Aboriginal art. Elders and storytellers Uncle Alex Davidson and Uncle Norm Hegarty will blow students away with their stories of the Dreaming and of life growing up Aboriginal in Queensland.
Brilliant musician and ethnomusicologist Zheng Ting Wang’s presentation uses stories to convey and engage students in the cultural landscape and musical history of China. He will demonstrate different wind, percussion and string instruments – including the Sheng or Chinese mouth organ, a truly magical instrument. Finally, students will learn a percussion accompaniment and play a Chinese folk song alongside Ting.
The Multicultural All Day Program allows a choice of five programs. You can choose to explore one culture, language or topic in depth or travel the world with a program from each continent! Students split into two groups and rotate between 25 minute sessions then come together to finish and celebrate the day together in a 50 minute session.
The musical cultures of West Africa are explored through rhythms and songs from Ghana, Guinea and Senegal. Students will be introduced to a range of instruments such as the djembe, dun dun drums, shekere, talking drum, balafon and more! This program is interactive and students will be playing the drums and other percussion instruments.
Introduce your students to Arabic cultures through stories and movement. The traditional meaning behind a belly dance routine is taught to students in this engaging and high-energy program! From classical music to modern pop and dance styles from Egypt to the Arabian Gulf.
Bollywood is an important part of modern Indian culture, it incorporates film, music and of course – dance! This program presents a vibrant Bollywood Dance workshop where students will learn about the folk and classical origins or the dances and the symbolism of some of the moves. Students will learn a short routine backed by awesome Bollywood tunes and get to try some colourful props and outfits too.