Re-building connections with the local Darug community is a priority for I.C.E. We know that for successful, respectful and ethical practice, we need a deeper engagement with community, and deeper consultation on projects. To achieve this, we’ve been looking at our leadership structure and will be announcing a new Indigenous Board Member very soon. And with First Nations people, we’re developing new partnerships and cooking up projects.
We are proud to share that Jannawi Dance Clan are officially Artists in Residence at I.C.E. and we are honoured to have them here. Jannawi Dance Clan is an Indigenous dance company encompassing modern urban and traditional Aboriginal dance styles. Jannawi practices, performs and teaches to inspire other Indigenous people to practice cultural values and identities. They are committed to honour and share knowledge, encourage awareness and understanding of the world’s oldest living indigenous culture.
Artistic Director Peta Strachan and Jannawi Dance Clan are using our venue as Artists in Residence to meet, rehearse and develop new performances.
We are working with the Darug Knowledge Holders Group, which includes Peta Strachan, Julie Bukari Webb and Chris Tobin who will advise on programs and lead the development of Darug and First Nations projects. We respect their knowledge and connection with community and are thrilled to see what projects we can collaborate with them on.
We’ve also been working with local First Nations youth, asking how they would like to design a recording program specifically for young First Nations musicians. This project will be further developed with I.C.E.’s Youth Engagement Producer and First Nations Program Producer.
A series of closed and public discussions/forums/interviews devised by young First Nations people from Darug Country and a digital story-telling project with community leaders are currently in development. Opening this space for important conversations lead by First Nations young people will be a focus for I.C.E. going forward.
Also in the works is a big community partnership with a First Nations artist. We can’t currently disclose anything about it, but we sure are excited!
Applications for the role of Producer, First Nations Program are closing one week from now on Friday 17 July. All of us at I.C.E. can’t wait to see what the future holds, with our new staff member, board member and our programming.
Apply for Producer, First Nations Program https://ice.org.au/position-vacant/producer-first-nations/
Kooly Country – Around A Fire Event. Photo: Christian Tancred 2017.