The Red Room Company [Poetry in First Languages]
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Red Room Poetry
Language Dancing - Poetry in First Languages

Since 2003 Red Room Poetry has grown to be Australia's leading organisation for the creation and commissioning of new poetry by established and emerging poets as well as students. Reflecting the diversity of Australian voices, they embrace all styles of poetry (page, performance, hip-hop, rap, visual) promoting the form across a range of languages and mediums including radio, stage, installation, digital publishing initiatives and learning programs.

Red Room Poetry's Language Dancing will be held in April 2019 and is a creative three-day camp, in partnership with Waminda (South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation). It will be offered to young women from Waminda's Koori Women's Group, Bulwal Balaang, who will explore the weaving of first languages into poetry and contemporary dance. Together with a local elder, language custodian, choreographer and poet the students will gather to connect to Country, share knowledge and collectively create multi-disciplinary arts outcomes whilst fostering a sense of cultural pride and identity embedded in Dhurga language learning.

Why did we fund this project? Red Room Poetry's vision for this project was inspiring. Using language to help young girls gain connectiveness to country, it is a beautiful and evocative way to empower these young women to not only tell their own stories, but to have pride in their culture.

For further information regarding Red Room Poetry, click here

See also article in our ENGAGE section:
By Rachael Knowles. National Indigenous Times
Published March 26, 2019

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