Part protest, part celebration, Spinifex Gum is an Australian festival show created by Felix Riebl of The Cat Empire. Created in close collaboration with Michael Woodley, Chief Executive Officer of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation, Riebl crafted this production, interweaving Woodley’s poignant texts throughout. Led by conductor Lyn Williams, Marliya is an all-female ensemble of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait singers. The music is composed and arranged by Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill, and the choreography is by acclaimed First Nations artist Deborah Brown. Notable collaborations with artists like Emma Donovan, Briggs, and Peter Garrett further amplify Spinifex Gum’s impact, fostering dialogue on Indigenous rights and reconciliation.

Spinifex Gum confronts challenging political and environmental issues in contemporary Australia: social disparity in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, land rights, disproportionate incarceration and deaths in custody. Marliya sing in both English and First Nations languages, primarily Yindjibarndi, disarming and inspiring their audiences in a way that no individual voice can.

Since its premiere in Adelaide in 2018, Spinifex Gum has been performed at every major Australian arts festival. Equally at home in the concert hall and on the festival stage, the show has received repeat invitations to Bluesfest Byron Bay and the Woodford Folk Festivals.

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6 Apr 2024 - 6 Apr 2024
AYO Autumn Season Concert – Turbulent Times
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4 May 2024 - 4 May 2024
Hindley Street Country Club
Hindley Street Country Club bringing all the songs you love, live at Wrest Point Casino for one night only!
2 May 2024 - 4 May 2024
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30 Nov 2023 - 20 Jul 2024
Mt Field National Park Private Nature Photography Retreat
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1 Mar 2022 - 30 Jun 2024
Phoenix Creations Wooden Spoon Carving Workshops
Welcome to a day of creative mindfulness with David and Michelle of Phoenix Creations. In their small studio tucked away just 2 minutes from Cygnet's
10 May 2024 - 25 May 2024
Uni Revue 2024: The Rockliff Horror Show | The Old Nick Company
Tasmania’s most politically incorrect party is back in its 76th iteration with The Rockliff Horror Show! A rollercoaster comedy show lampooning politics, pop culture
11 May 2024 - 10 May 2025
Tasmanian Produce Market
The Hobart Twilight Markets showcases a wide variety of Tasmanian eats, drinks and artisans, along with live music from local talent.
3 May 2024 - 27 Sep 2024
Healthy Hobart – Healthy Kids: Dance
Join in for some fun and learn new ideas to get your kids active in your home.
27 Apr 2024 - 22 Jun 2024
Print, Press & Draw Workshop
Discover the delights of mono printing with artist, professional printmaker and fabric designer Deborah Wace. During this day-long workshop, Deborah will lead you through the
25 Mar 2024 - 19 May 2024
SIXTY: The Journal of Australian Ceramics 60th Anniversary 1962–2022
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