Top 10 Australia Culture On this week 08/11/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)

Seriously, other countries exist.


10) Words & Writers

10th November

What: Gain confidence as you develop your skills as a writer. In this group you will explore all aspects of writing and of being an author. There will be time for free writing during the sessions as well as discussion.

Why: Have this live discussion between amateur writers on in the background and feel less suicidal about your own life choices.


9) Della Mae: Midnight Hoedown 

10th November

What: Della Mae is a Grammy nominated, Nashville-based, all-female string band made up of lead vocalist/guitarist Celia Woodsmith, 2-time national champion fiddle player Kimber Ludiker, and mandolinist Jenni Lyn Gardner. Experience their unique stringed Americana twang live.

Why: Thought the US couldn’t get anymore viscerally grating? You hadn’t thought to factor in a mandolinist.


8) Didgeridoo Australia Workshop

10th November

What: Join Ganga Giri and Henning Gerlt as they introduce you to Aboriginal culture in an interactive way. This workshop will cover the origin, distribution and flag of the Aboriginal people,  bush food sources & hunting tools, and musical instruments, including didgeridoo performances.

Why: Shut your children up for an hour in a culturally sensitive manner.


7) Ladies Who Sing Leonard

7th November

What: Sixteen artists. A towering figure. All forces in their own right – these dynamic women will weave Leonard Cohen’s words around their own narratives. Featuring: Ninet Tayeb (ISRAEL), Kate Ceberano, Katie Noonan, Deborah Conway, Kylie Auldist, Emily Lubitz, Anita Lester, Gabriella Cohen, Emma Donovan, Kee’ahn, Loretta Miller (Jazz Party), Melody Pool, Imogen Clark, Alma & Hettie Zygier, Tamara Reichman (Tamara & the Dreams), and Sophia Tuv.

Why: The fact that he’s dead isn’t terrible enough. They had to get a caterwauling Kate Ceberano involved.


6) Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio: Live 

8th November

What: Seattle instrumental funk act Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio will perform live from Nectar Lounge.

Why: We thought funk couldn’t get any less appealing. And then we encountered purely instrumental funk. It’s…almost impressive.


5) HBCU Homecoming Celebration

13th November

What: R&B artists H.E.R. and Khalid are performing for the HBCU Homecoming Celebration on iHeartRadio.

Why: There’s nothing more American than the concept of homecoming. So whilst you’re listening to this, feel uplifted by the fact that you’ll never have to step foot in that awful place.


4) Jay Cobb Anderson and Megan Letts: Live

13th November

What: Don’t miss Fruition troubadour Jay Cobb Anderson and Mama Magnolia frontwoman Megan Letts in this folk duo performance.

Why: What’s even better than one folk singer? We don’t know, so here’s two!


3) Virtual Painting with Anthony Walker

9th November

What: Painting as an artform universally generates emotions, conversations and evokes reflection. To our First Nations people it is these things and much, much, more. First Nations People’s history has predominately been an oral history which makes art in its various forms extremely significant and contributes to shared memories, stories and song lines which have and continue to be handed down from generation to generation. Learn about this important artform from Anthony Walker as part of NAIDOC week’s virtual painting event and create your very own work of art.

Why: It’s a vitally important exploration of indigenous culture, but it’s okay to be bored because it’s art.


2) Unsinkable Heavies: Live

15th November

What: Seattle funk band Unsinkable Heavies – featuring members of the Polyrhythmics – will be performing live to the world from Nectar Lounge.

Why: Funk is making a comeback. Because 2020’s sack of horrors is bottomless.


1) Yarn with Nikki

12th November

What: Nikki Madgwick is a proud Worimi-Biripi woman who lives and works on beautiful Wurundjeri Country. Hear about Nikki’s connection to her culture and what NAIDOC means to her. Nikki will share stories, poems and give an insight into her creative process as a poet. There will also be a chance to ask Nikki any questions about her experience as an Aboriginal woman in modern day Australia and how we as a community can strive for reconciliation.

Why: Get your head out of the USA’s arse for an hour.

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