Yidaki Exhibition to Feature at World Renowned Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale in Japan

27 July 2018


The South Australian Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition, Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia will be the star of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale in Japan this month.

Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia, which first exhibited at the South Australian Museum from March to July 2017, will tour in Japan as part of the federal government’s Australia now initiative.

The leading-edge exhibition highlights the culture of Aboriginal Australia through the music, rhythm and songs of yidaki or didjeridu. It tells the story of the origins and importance of the yidaki, taking audiences deep into the heartland of the instrument, Arnhem Land, northern Australia, to learn from its makers and masters: the Yolngu people.

“The South Australian Museum has developed a highly successful exhibition in Yidaki, and it is exciting to see it travel to Japan for a major arts festival,” said Mr Oldman.

“The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is one of the largest of its kind in the world.

“Held once every three years in the Echigo-Tsumari region, the 7th triennale is expected to gather an audience of more than 500,000 attendees” Mr Oldman said.

Yidaki is travelling 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.

National Museum of Australia director, Dr Mathew Trinca, said Japanese audiences have demonstrated a keen interest in Australia’s Indigenous culture.

“This immersive exhibition takes you inside the sounds and story of Yidaki, the famous instrument of the First Peoples of Arnhem Land, that is literally born of the land itself,” said Dr Trinca.

“We are delighted join with the South Australian Museum to take this important and beautiful show to Japan,” said Dr Trinca.

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 from 28 July 17 September.