Grants for poetry, art, dance
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.