World famous didjeridu master travels to Japan

06 September 2018


Djalu Gurruwiwi

From the stringy bark forest in Arnhem Land to the world’s largest international art festival in Japan – the South Australian Museum’s exhibition Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia is making its mark on a global scale.

In 2017, the Museum worked with the Yolngu people of Arnhem Land, the makers and the masters of the didjeridu to create an exhibition that celebrated their culture and story.

Now, the world’s most famous yidaki (didjeridu) master and Yolngu elder Djalu Gurruwiwi is travelling to Japan to tell his story through a very special concert at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale festival in Japan where Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia is currently being exhibited.

South Australian Museum Director Brian Oldman said that Djalu Gurruwiwi is a musical pioneer with a vision of reconciliation in Australia that is truly humbling.

“The Museum is proud to not only be helping Yolngu artists share their musical traditions with the world but also to share one of the world’s truly great cultural collections, the South Australian Museum’s Aboriginal collections, with a global audience, ” Mr Oldman said.

On Saturday 8 September Djalu Gurruwiwi will play at the Festival in collaboration with the Jungle Rhythm Section.

Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia travelled to Japan as part of a Memorandum of Understanding between the South Australian Museum and National Museum of Australia, with funding being secured through Australia now, an initiative of the Commonwealth Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Australia now is held each year in a country of significance to Australia, and celebrates Australian innovation, culture and lifestyle. From April to November 2018, the program will be held in Japan.

Strengthening Australian-Japanese bilateral ties, Australia now will promote Australia’s creative excellence and diversity, while building networks and collaboration. Through showcasing Australia’s rich culture, it will also promote Australia as a key destination for tourism, study, research, innovation and investment.

Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia will be on display in Japan until 17 September.


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