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Crossing Roper Bar : Northern Territory Tour


Crossing Roper Bar : Northern Territory Tour

  • Date: Saturday, 22 May 2010, 7.30pm
  • Venue: Darwin Entertainment Centre — 93 Mitchell St, Darwin, NT
  • Tickets: $45 ; $40 concession — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (08) 8980 3333

Event Details

The manikay (songs) of the Wagilak Gujarra/Nyilapidgi represent one of the oldest musical traditions on the planet. In 2005, a visit by the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO) to Ngukurr in South East Arnhem Land resulted in one of the most ambitious projects in Australian contemporary music. Crossing Roper Bar is an electrifying marriage of the very old with the very new; a celebration of country, of ceremony, and of the power of music to build enduring bridges across cultures, time and space. The Roper River is a magnificent waterway that flows past the remote town of Ngukurr which is isolated by the wet for several months of each year. The crossing over seems not only a poetic but also a fitting metaphor for the collaboration between the AAO and the Wagilak Gujarra/Nyilapidgi – Crossing Roper Bar.

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