Minya Birrañ: the celebration

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You are invited to Minya Birran: the celebration to experience the stories and sounds of Australia's original languages through song, poetry and art. 

Headlined by ARIA nominated and three-times Queensland Music Award winner Emily Wurramara  who is joined by some of Queensland’s most gifted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language performers.

A Torres Strait Islander weaving workshop with Uncle Brian Whap will be held within the Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages exhibition throughout the celebration.


Artist line-up

Emily Wurramara – ARIA nominated and three-times Queensland Music Award winner. Emily is a singer songwriter in both English and her traditional language Anindilyakwa, from Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory. Emily is both a prolific song-writer and multi-instrumentalist. Emily’s debut EP, Black Smoke ended up on annual top 100 lists across Australia. Emily commands the stage, mesmerising audiences with her deeply personal insight to her life, culture and language. 

Troy Jungaji Brady – Western GuGu Yelanji and Birri Gubba song man, Troy shares his stories of country, love and law, both in language and through contemporary music. Troy works as a mentor creating new art throughout Australia to empower people through music as a healing and connection tool. Forging a career over 20 years, his current music explores language and connection to the country of his ancestors north of Cairns and Proserpine. Troy is constantly traversing the line between family and fortune, while keeping simultaneous fires burning by respecting ancient culture and staying strong today. His work shines with underlying tones of great soul vocals informed by reggae, funk, rock and R&B inspiration.

Deline Briscoe is an International Yalanji songwoman from the Daintree Region of Far North Queensland and tours worldwide with one of Australia's leading performing Arts companies Black Arm Band. Deline is a unique artist who has been fine-tuning her songwriting and performance skills for two decades with some of Australia’s most celebrated vocalists including Archie Roach, Lou Bennett, Paul Kelly and more.

Cygnet Repu – singer, songwriter and choreographer from Mabuiag Island in the Torres Strait, Cygnet is a straight-forward speaking and entertaining man when it comes to culture, music and dance. Cygnet is a cultural pillar in his community – he composes, choreographs, dances, entertains and teaches his culture, passing on cultural messages to the global community. 

Boondall State School choir – hear from students singing Inanay (a song originating for the Torres Strait and made popular by Aboriginal group Tiddas) and I am Australian, with the chorus in Jandai.

Uncle Brian Whap –  is a Torres Strait Islander whose language group is Kala Lagaw Ya and his spoken dialect is Mabuyag. Brian is a cultural educator who contributes his time supporting community organisations and cultural events throughout South East Queensland. Weaving for him was always enjoyed as a hobby, and it later developed into educational workshops and cultural sessions.


There will be food from First Food Co and Game Enough and drinks available for purchase on the night!


Minya Birran: the celebration will take place directly following Minya Birrañ: what now for Indigenous languages? forum.

Minya Birrañ means 'what now' in the local Yuggera language

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