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Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir performs in the US

19 June 2018

Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir performs in the US

‘Arrkanala Lyilhitjika’ – Western Arrarnta for ‘The Joy of Singing’

The Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir will travel to Washington DC to present a series of performances and engagements. The choir are appearing in Serenade! Choral Festival. Co-presented by the John F. Kennedy Center, the Festival will showcase vocal ensembles from eight countries in venues across Washington DC.

Formed in 2010, the Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir (CAAWC) comprises choirs from six remote indigenous communities in Australia’s Northern Territory. The CAAWC is the custodian of a continuous choral tradition going back almost 120 years when German mission pioneers first made contact with the Western Arrarnta speaking community of Ntaria. The choir sings in Western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara languages, showcasing the unique tonality of their multi-lingual choral skills, musicianship and enduring culture. This remarkable group of women – singers, artists, weavers, mothers, grandmothers, elders and community leaders are keeping culture strong in the heart of Australia.

The CAAWC is directed by Morris Stuart who was recently showcased on the ABC program ‘Australian Story’ and ABC Radio National’s ‘Spirit of Things’. 

The Choir will be giving the following free performance’s:

One-off experience at the Phillips Collection

The choir will also be presenting a one-off experience at the Phillips Collection, in celebration of the exhibition MARKING THE INFINITE. Please join us as the choir performs amongst the spectacular artworks by Indigenous Australian female artists on June 30th. In addition to the performances, there will be a screening of The Song Keepers, a documentary film that follows the choir as they embarked on their first international tour to Germany in 2015. Director and Producer Naina Sen will facilitate a Q&A session following the screening.

Event details

Date: Saturday June 30th – The Phillips Collection
Time: Varying times

  • 11am performance
  • 12pm screening and Q&A
  • 3pm performance

Following the choir’s performances in Washington, they will travel to Castleton Virginia to appear at the Castleton Festival at 6pm Monday July 2nd.