Armidale Local Aboriginal Land Council and the Environment Protection Authority presents an exciting opportunity for Armidale young people who live on the Mission or have families ties there, to participate in creating an original song and film clip this school holiday period.
Free creative workshops will run daily by Mad Proppa Deadly and Blacklock Media from 10am-4pm from Tuesday July 16 to Saturday July 20 at Minimbah Hall.
Over five days, Armidale young people will hear stories from elders, produce an original song, dance and film clip focused around caring for country.
Participants from the ages of 10 and older are encouraged to participate in creating the song from Tuesday to Thursday, and young people of all ages are invited to participate in the creation of the film clip on Friday and Saturday. Food and drinks provided.
"When I was growing up in Armidale, opportunities like this just didn't exist for creative young people," Nate said.
"People make music for many reasons. For some it's personal and some want to share their stories with the world and become professional artists.
"We want to create place and space for anything to happen. Having support from the music industry as well as the local community really makes this possible,"
If you or your child would like to be involved, please contact Nate on 0455 859 979 or at email@example.com
This series of workshops comes on the back of an In-Tune Masterclass held by Mad Proppa Deadly in Minimbah Hall in February that saw Armidale indigenous youth produce a song called "Solid As".
The song reflects their feelings about general perceptions of division within their community, and other issues important to them.
Local producer Nate Weatherall ran the class over two days with the help of Sydney producer Adit Gauchan (of Horrorshow fame), and encouraged young people to participate in creative expression, songwriting, and story-telling with mentors.
The project was supported by Create NSW, Regional Arts NSW & Arts North West through the Country Arts Support Program with equipment donated by RDE Microphones.
"We pretty much just brought the studio gear into the two rooms, set it all up and got to work just pretty much straight away," Nate said.
The song was written and performed by local young people Malikyn Williams, Aaron Weatherall, Kiahlani Weatherall, Jess Weatherall, Ella Kelly, Isaac Tanikomave and Anthony Ellis.
"It's about positivity and connection in the community. Unity in the community. It is a reflection of that and is a powerful song that the kids created," Nate said.
"Malikyn and Isaac have a bit of experience writing and recording, but for a lot of the kids it was their fist time ever doing this and they put their heart and soul into it.
"Many people think there is division between our local families, but our kids are all friends and get along together and want a connected future for our community. That is what the song is about. If you listen closely to their lyrics, you can really see that reflected in the song...it speaks for itself."