Grants for po­etry, art, dance

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

THREE By­ron Shire acts were the only suc­cess­ful North­ern Rivers artists to re­ceive grants from the Fed­eral Govern­ment.

The Aus­tralia Coun­cil’s lat­est grant round will de­liver $6.3 mil­lion to Aus­tralian artists, sup­port­ing more than 200 di­verse and am­bi­tious projects from in­di­vid­ual artists, groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

More than $110,000 was granted to three projects from the Rich­mond elec­torate: DAVID STA­VANGER (MYOCUM, $25,000): Poet David Sta­vanger re­ceived a grant to help com­plete his po­etry man­u­script, as well as a com­pi­la­tion of Aus­tralian po­etry. LEYLA STEVENS (MYOCUM, $10,300): Artist Leyla Stevens re­ceived a vis­ual arts grant, sup­port­ing a mov­ing image work look­ing at shared his­to­ries of Aus­tralia and Bali.

The project will in­volve in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal re­searchers and par­tic­i­pants. DJUKI MALA – (BRUNSWICK HEADS, $84,234): They are the dancers from El­cho Is­land, the Chooky Dancers that cap­tured 1.4 mil­lion YouTube fans world­wide with their 2007 vi­ral video of their Zorba The Greek dance, and they con­tinue thrilling au­di­ences with their rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of pop­u­lar cul­ture with tra­di­tional dance.

Djuki Mala re­ceived a grant to help de­velop its show Djal (which de­scribes love, de­sire and hu­man willpower) next month.

Although the dancers are not from the area, their man­ager lives in Brunswick Heads, so fund­ing has been al­lo­cated to this area.

Djuki Mala’s cur­rent self-ti­tled pro­duc­tion has been tour­ing the world to crit­i­cal ac­claim for more than five years.

“Us­ing dance, the­atre, cir­cus and mu­sic, Djuki Mala’s new show will see them work­ing with lo­cal singers and pro­duc­ers from the North­ern Ter­ri­tory to cre­ate orig­i­nal mu­sic, while col­lab­o­rat­ing with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional guest chore­og­ra­phers and artists they have worked with over the years,” the coun­cil’s state­ment said.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the next grants round close Oc­to­ber 2.

FIRST NA­TION: Di­rect from El­cho Is­land, Djuki Mala per­form a high-en­ergy and stun­ning fu­sion of tra­di­tional indige­nous cul­ture, con­tem­po­rary dance and sto­ry­telling.

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