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A deadly end to the year at the Phee

The In Didj’n’Us Hip Hope In Youth crew with rising music star Baker Boy.

Young people from The Meeting Place will take over the Phee next week to present In Didj’n’Us Hip Hope In Youth.

Friday 7 December 2018

Young people of Dja Dja Wurrung country in Mount Alexander Shire will take over the Phee Broadway Theatre to present In Didj’n’Us Hip Hope In Youth on Thursday 13 December.

The kids from the Meeting Place will present and share their learnings as part of an extensive program to build a sense of pride in culture.

In Didj’n’Us Hip Hope in Youth is a cultural exploration through music and dance, inspired by traditional Aboriginal teachings from Aunties Julie McHale, Kath Coff and Shiralee Bothe.

The performance follows a series of music and dance workshops held over recent months, including the chance to work with rising star Baker Boy. Baker Boy was the winner of the Premier’s Prize for the Best Victorian Breakthrough Act of 2018, and Best Song, Best Male Musician and Best Live Act awards at The Age Victorian Music Awards.

Musicians Fay White, Kerrie Patmore, James Rigby and Justin Marshall, and dancers Thais Samson and Indigenous HIP HOP Projects have also supported the children’s creative development through workshops.

In Didj’n’Us Hip Hope In Youth features visual projections by Cath South and Stewart Carter. The event is produced by Pete Balang Dawson and is supported by many groups and individuals across the community.

Elder Aunty Julie McHale has been central to the production and has built community strength through The Meeting Place over many years.

“Our aim is for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and youth in the Mount Alexander Shire to be proud of their culture, and to share their understandings with the broader community,” said Aunty Julie.

Mount Alexander Shire Council is proud to foster this important work as part of the Phee Broadway Theatre At Home residency program.

“In Didj’n’Us Hip Hope In Youth makes for an exciting end to our 2018 program,” said Vicki Anderson, Cultural Development Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Our partners at the Regional Centre for Culture placed acknowledgment and celebration of Dja Dja Wurrung Culture at the heart of the year-long program, and we are delighted to be championing our emerging Indigenous voices in this way,” she said.

In Didj’n’Us Hip Hope In Youth starts at 5pm. Entry to the performance is by donation.

Mount Alexander Shire Council with the support of the Regional Centre for Culture have supported eight separate residency projects at the Phee Broadway Theatre this year.

The residencies have been key to reigniting interest in performance and community conversations at the Phee. The At Home residency program will continue in 2019, with opportunities for artists and community groups to apply early next year.

For more details about At Home and the Phee Broadway Theatre visit www.pheebroadwaytheatre.com.au.

The Regional Centre for Culture 2018 is an initiative of the Victorian Government in partnership with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Corporation, City of Greater Bendigo, and the shires of Central Goldfields, Hepburn and Mount Alexander.

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