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Jandamarra at the Opera House

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On Friday 18th October 2019, Bunuba Cultural Enterprises will be joining forces with the the Sydney Conservatorium of Music for a one off presentation of Jandamarra; Sing For The Country, the cantata for orchestra, choirs and a Bunuba ensemble that premiered at the Sydney Opera House in July of 2014.

Many of the Bunuba ensemble who performed at the Opera House in 2014 will be back again, as will Cairns singer Mataika Wymarra-Gerrie as Young Jandamarra; only this time he will be singing as a baritone instead of a boy soprano!

Ticketing information will be posted as soon as it is available.

Jandamarra is a legend of the Bunuba people. He was only in his mid twenties when he was gunned down in 1897, but in his short life he created a legacy that will never be forgotten. He led one of the longest and most successful campaigns to defend Aboriginal country in Australian history.

In 2008, at the Perth International Arts Festival, Bunuba Cultural Enterprises (BCE, then known as Bunuba Films) partnered the Black Swan State Theatre Company in co-producing the premiere, sellout season of the Jandamarra stage play, presented in Bunuba, English and Kriol.

In 2011 we were able to "bring Jandamarra home," by presenting the play at four Kimberley venues, including a highlight show at the spectacular Windjana Gorge, in the heart of traditional Bunuba country.

In 2014 we have an exciting new venture, Jandamarra; Sing For The Country, a cantata for orchestra, choirs and a Bunuba ensemble that will have its world premiere at the Syney Opera House in July. Please explore this site to learn about Jandamarra, the Bunuba people, the Jandamarra stage play, and the Cantata project.