Upcoming Events

to Jul 20

Black Birds Present: Pehe

Presented by Black Birds

With Kaiya Aboagye, Ayeesha Ash, Violet Aarti, Emelda Davis & Emele Ugavule

Blackbirding: a slave trade that swept through the Pacific and Far North Queensland in the 19th Century.

Indentured Labour: A type of exploitative labour that was implemented after the abolition of slavery. Labourers worked on plantations and construction sites in the British Colonies.

Today, four women talk about their relationship with the indentured labour practice and the displacement it’s caused on their families and communities. Told through video installations, movement, poetry and music, Emele Ugavule weaves through the past, engaging with the installations to question her own relationship with Blackbirding.

After finishing their first self-titled full length performance work at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Black Birds are back with a new creation exploring the history of their namesake.

WHEN: 18, 19, 20th July

WHERE: Bondi Pavillion Gallery, Bondi Feast Festival

TIME: 8.00PM


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this performance contains images and voices of people who have died


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to May 7

Yirramboi: First Nations Festival

SHORE: Story is a curated reading by local authors. Developed in partnership with the Black Writers’ Group, Victoria, local writers and curated by Emily Johnson/Catalyst, the reading features original work relating to home, place, land and country.

‘Home is not static. It ebbs and flows. Advances and recedes. That’s the beauty of it. It’s not about a house or a static idea. Home is a movement’. – Bao Phi, SHORE: Minneapolis

Writers, poets and storytellers will give voice to the infinite associations, connections and disconnections people have with, to and from, place and country. SHORE: Story powerfully explores displacement, belonging, our innate desire for connection, and how we locate home against an ever-shifting shoreline.

WHEN: Saturday 6th May, Sun 7th May

WHERE: Arts House, North Melbourne

Tickets: http://sa2.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/EventSearch?&presenter=AUARTSHOUSE&event=shoresto

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to Apr 8

Black Birds

"Emele Ugavule and Ayeesha Ash have a few things in common; names that seem difficult to pronounce, hair and the colour of their skin.

The list could continue but nothing unites them more than their experiences as brown gals with Afros. Is their hair so big because it’s full of secrets? Find out as they discuss, explore and offer a vision for what it means to be a woman of colour in modern day Australia.

Adding spice to the traditional theatrical form and reimagining the rule book, this show will blend music, movement, spoken word and real stories to create a performance experience like you’ve not had before.

Created and Performed by Emele and Ayeesha, Black Birds has been supported in various forms by Festival Fatale, aMBUSH Gallery and Footscray Community Arts Centre. The performance will draw in actors, artists as well as musicians and will offer audiences at The Joan the chance to be first to see this innovative new work.

This homegrown production has its roots right here in Penrith through The Q’s Artist in Residence program and we are delighted to bring local audiences its full-scale evolution."

Link to tickets: http://thejoan.com.au/whats-on/black-birds-2/

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2:00pm 2:00pm

Pan Afrikan Poets Cafe Presents: Black Girl Magic

Pan Afrikan Poets Café presents BLACK GIRL MAGIC- hosted by Storyteller/ Educator/ Poet Sista Zai and featuring the queen of NYC Slam: Mahogany L Browne, fierce Wiradjuri Poet Lorna Munro, MC/ broadcaster Kween G, Spoken Word Theatre Artists Black Birds and Performance Poet Candy Bowers. Join these lyrical sisters in on the last Sunday of March for an afternoon of BLACK GIRL MAGIC. Everyone is welcome.

WHERE: Red Rattler

WHEN: 26th March

TICKETS: http://www.redrattler.org/event/1129/BLACK+GIRL+MAGIC

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7:00pm 7:00pm

Black Birds Present: Th(i)rd C(u)lture

Two women see each other. They might not know each other by name, but there is something on the surface that connects them deeply. Brownness. Their light(ish) skin; a constant reminder/signpost/acknowledgement of their mixed race heritage. Mixed in skin and identity; their parents born in one country, themselves born in another and then raised in another again: Third Culture Kids. This new work presented by Black Birds with the support of the Community Reading Room explores the experiences and effects of these ideas of identity amongst verbatim, music and moved spoken word. Directed by Emele Ugavule with performances from Angela Sullen and Ayeesha Ash.

Where: Community Reading Room, Testing Grounds

When: 7- 8pm. 24th February, 2017

Price: FREE

Media Release - Th(i)rd C(u)lture

Community Reading Room: http://www.communityreadingroom.com/

Testing Grounds: http://www.testing-grounds.com.au/

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