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Songs From A Stolen Senate


Songs From A Stolen Senate

  • Date: Friday, 4 September 2020 to Saturday, 5 September 2020, 7pm, Fri 4th; 2pm and 7pm, Sat 5th
  • Venue: Live streaming event (online only) — National, Australia
  • Tickets: This is a free event, however registration is required online

Event Details

Free Online Interactive Performances - you can secure your attendance by registering here. The link for the Online Performance will be emailed to all registrants from the 31st of August.

Songs from a Stolen Senate features some of Australia's leading First Nation musicians, who have taken parliamentary voices and reworked them into song and storytelling from the perspective of their own life stories. This is the first instalment of an ongoing series from The Griffyn Ensemble that challenges how Australian identity was forged since European settlement.

Meet five unique Australians from a diversity of genre and backgrounds: Aranda country music icon Warren Williams; inspirational Noongar singer-songwriter Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, Norah Bagiri from Mua Island in the Torres Straits; and Canberra based Christopher Sainsbury from the Dharug nation and Yuin composer Brenda Gifford.

This landmark collaboration weaves together their unique individual reflections of our political landscape through music they have written for the acclaimed Griffyn Ensemble. From stolen generations to climate politics, Songs from a Stolen Senate offers different perspectives of our national past and the Australian parliament.

These works were commissioned in the months before COVID-19 took place. Due to physical isolation, the world premiere of these works will be weaved together through online interactive performances, allowing audiences to engage with some of the musicians and composers involved.

Songs from a Stolen Senate is presented by the Where You Are Festival with the support of the ACT Government. The creative development was made possible with support through ArtsACT.


Further information for this event is available or by email to ticketing@griffynensemble.com.au

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