SUPPORT US – Biddigal – Indigenous Performing Arts

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Biddigal grew from a solo audition in 2012, to a cast of 21 Indigenous performers for our first production “Biddigal Dreaming” in 2014.

Biddigal draws and combines from Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures to maintain age old traditions while successfully establishing innovative and professional opportunities for youth and elders to portray a shared vision of contemporary Australia.

By creating partnerships with our local city council, Indigenous organisations, arts bodies and the pro bono work of Artistic Director Pauline Lampton, their generosity by way of in-kind services has fostered growth which has generated a small but symbolic income which has been reinvested to further the work of Biddigal.

Despite the generosity of our partners, Biddigal is heavily underfunded. All of our rehearsals have been in the main auditorium of our parent company of Nintiringanyi Cultural Training Centre. The main auditorium is carpet covering a concrete floor. This floor is not appropriate for dance.

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Our parent company has given us the go-ahead to rebuild the back room into an appropriate rehearsal space, with a dance safe floor, barres and mirrors.

This year Biddigal (in partnership with the Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts, Brisbane) will run the certificate for Indigenous High school students who have a keen interest in the performing arts. Their certificate will be credited toward their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

Certificate II in Performing Arts introduces our young Performing Artists to an arts-based Vocational (VET) curriculum, and begins the start of their intellectually and physically challenging two-year journey into the performing arts industry.

This two-year certificate program allows our young performing artists a unique opportunity to advance their craft while obtaining live performance skills. Students enhance their performance ability in music, acting, dance, Indigenous cultural performance protocols or any other performance-related area. An introduction to vocal, audition, stage presence and production techniques are provided in professional settings. Performing artists will also engage with their culture by exploring more of their personal heritage and learn about shared history.

We are now asking your help for us to achieve the next step in our journey AND we are tax deductible. Why not donate today, support the need for a new rehearsal studio and effectively claim back the income tax that you have donated.

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