Monday, 20 February 2017

CCWFF: Eat Together!

CENTRAL COAST WORLD FOOD FAIR #CCWFF

Good morning! 

I was just shown this video and fell in love with the idea.  This is what we will be doing! Sharing,  learning and connecting with each other. -  Sandy Bigara 

CCWFF: Cape Malay Sticky Buns by Fatima Sydow

CENTRAL COAST WORLD FOOD FAIR #CCWFF

South Africa is a real mixing pot of cultures and flavours when it comes to food. As the weather is cooling down, it's perfect for getting back into the kitchen to make yummy feel-good puddings and baked treats! 

Here are Fatima's Sticky Cinnamon buns,  please head over to her page and see all of the amazing recipes that she posts! Perhaps there are recipes that you share with the vibrant Cape Malay culture in Cape Town! - Sandy 

Recipe sourced from the Facebook page: Cape Malay Cooking with Fatima Sydow. : https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=961487230653342&id=349838085151596

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Fatima's Sticky Cinnamon buns
Ingredients
Dough

1&1/2 cups of lukewarm milk
1 packet  instant dry yeast
1/4  cup of sugar
1 large egg  
1/2 a cup of melted butter
4  cups of cake flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp of nutmeg( optional )

Syrup 
1/4  cup of butter
1/4  cup of brown sugar
1/2 a cup of golden syrup or maple syrup .

Filling:
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon of ground cinnamon
3 Tablespoons of melted butter

Method
For the dough, measure all the ingredients into a bowl and stir with a wooden spoon, turn the dough out onto a work surface dusted with flour and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes.Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, 90 minutes. 

For the syrup add the butter, brown sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until melted and the mixture is bubbling. Put one side. 

For the filling, stir the brown sugar and cinnamon together and set aside. Have the melted butter ready.
Turn the risen dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll it out into a rectangle. Brush the entire surface of the dough with the melted butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon brown sugar mixture. Roll up the dough from the longer side and then cut the roll into 12 pieces. Place these into the prepared pan, evenly spaced, cover with plastic wrap or tea towel and let rise for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Uncover the risen sticky buns and bake them for 30 minutes, or until they are a rich golden brown. Pour the syrup over the buns while still warm. 

I make a simple lemon icing and drizzle over cooled cinnamon buns. The juice of half a lemon mixed with icing sugar till you get a thick consistency then drizzle with a spoon. 

Delicious.

Photo: Pixabay, Serving suggestion.

Friday, 17 February 2017

DIARY: South African Expats Must Sit Down and Shut Up

After witnessing a situation, where a friend recently moved to the USA and then posted a status about a murder in S.A., she commented about being grateful for the sense of security she feels in her new town. 

And, predictably, as happened to me when I first moved away from S.A. She was immediately attacked by Saffas back in S.A., who told her to stay "humble" and "think of those back home" - as if her expressing dismay over a brutal murder and expressing gratitude for a life without fear (fear of violence that ALL saffas have to deal with, across every racial and social sphere) was somehow prideful and not allowed.

No. Just no. 

You do not ever ever ever have the right to tell an expat what they may or may not post on their own timeline, especially when it has to do with their own personal journey and healing (more so if that have been physically attacked, held at gunpoint, robbed or worse back in S.A.) 

I still reserve the right to bitch, moan and share news about S.A. Good or bad.

Whenever I feel like it. 

I am South African, I am angry at the state that the failing govt has left the country in. I am angry that so many of my fb friends are without electricity, sanitation or water for large portions of each week. 

Do you know that the world really doesn't hear or see much about S.A. in the news? And if they do, it's usually only positive news in sports. At least in my two years abroad, asking people that I meet - what they know about S.A. - usually they know of Mandela, and that they know South Africans living here (I have met every colour and type of South African here by the way, and sung isiZulu lullabies to a sobbing black man in the street. Ordered my meals in Afrikaans at a local venue. Heard isiXhosa in the mall)

Do you know that no one here knows about Farm Murders? Or about genocide between race groups? Or about the feesmustfall debacle? My friends here do, they hear it from me. They celebrate our wins and commiserate our losses with me. The news coming out of S.A. Is so controlled and manufactured. Literally there could be a mass genocide and the world would not know - apart from the shared posts of your expat brothers and sisters.

I wrote this article when I first came under fire for writing about S.A. and mentioning how happy and safe I feel in my new country.  sandyramblings.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/expats-stripped-of-nationality

Monday, 6 February 2017

ARTS: My Journey as a Music Producer

(Please note: some song links are from a dormant sound cloud page, shown here for the purpose of displaying the change in my recording style. My active page is on Reverbnation.)


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I was driving home and started to really think back on my music producing history. I believe that every actively creating sound producer has an interesting back story...  well, here's mine. 

When I was about 4 years old my school report read "Sandy is a dreamer, she has a very pleasant singing voice" this became the theme of school reports from there on, some of my earliest memories are of dimming the Lounge lights, cranking up my parents impressive sound system, and thrashing around the Lounge singing to Blondie's "Call Me" and Joan Jett & the Blackheart's "I love Rock n Roll" 

When I was about 6, my baby sister got a small wooden bell action piano - I taught myself to play and devised a method of writing and notating the little classical sounding tunes that I wrote. I still play some of them today. 
One example is one of my later compositions, Esme's Song written in a similar style. The recording is very rough and played back via synth. 

By the time I was 9, I was writing songs. I felt an incredible urge to record them. But being 1989 in a lower income household in South Africa, a recording studio just wasn't something I had available to me. 

What I did have, was a cassette radio player that allowed me to record via a low quality mic inside the speaker. 
Hallelujah. 
Next door, my grandmother had the same radio. 
Double hallelujah. 
The opportunities were endless. I had a small wooden bell piano, clapped sticks and my voice. By the time I was 10 I had perfected this crude method of vocal recording: Lay down the tune (piano) and vocal harmony first. Then play that cassette back while recording on the second radio, while doing rhythm and main vocal line. 
The quality was awful.
But I could record my songs and listen to them. 
I used this method for a while, and started a band called "the Palomino's" when I was 11. We sang rock and roll songs about cats and ponies and things. 

When I was about 14-15 I entered my first big song writing competition in South Africa, it was to write a Jingle for Pick n Pay, the biggest supermarket chain in the country. I contacted a friend to help me and using this two radio method, we recorded a multi vocal multi rhythm song application. 
We came second in South Africa out of thousands of entries. 
Tape Cassette Recorder
Then about this time, I realised that my step dads cam corder could record crystal clear audio. So I would focus it on the wall (or on a plant or something), and record myself singing and playing piano or guitar (I had taught myself to play). The only downside was that I could only listen back on the TV. The upside was that I could do rough edits using the can corder to cut and split the video removing any false starts etc. 
Camcorder
Then the best thing ever happened. 
We got a PC. 
Someone lent me a free software disk (this was 1996/7 we had no internet) with Noteworthy Composer on it. It was a free trial edition with major limitations (they wanted you to download the full version - paid) I was, for the first time, able to compose my classical and choral scores as I learned music theory, and have them played back to me via the software. It opened a whole new world of possible music production for me. 
Noteworthy Composer

Around the same time I was given a copy of a trial version of Cake Walk, I was introduced to looping, and created my own loops to use - I composed imaginary film scores that are now lost, I can still hear them in my head. I also composed a meditational album which a local beauty therapy clinic used to play as their background music in the spa. I was now about 18 - 20.

During the ages 13 - 22 I toured extensively with our National Choir and underwent vocal training - this experience taught me to harmonise instantly - even with songs I'd never heard - if I could hear the key I could harmonise the song melody line without thinking. This skill has been a real gift to me and I will always be grateful for it.
Cakewalk
I grew older, and at age 21 I became the Artistic Director of a high school choir, I found a free audio editing program CD called Magix Dancemaker inside a computer magazine.
Magix inspired me to push on with my sound producing - I recorded the track "Why" using this program in 2003.
Magic DanceMaker
I found a free audio editing program called Wave Pad (again with major limitations) and as I moved on to a school teaching Music from ages 3 - 13 I started to use the software along with Magix Dancemaker more and more. I produced my first Electronica album (no vocals) called Traffic Jam Nation with 15 dance tracks. And then continued to use Magix when I moved to head up Music and Drama at a Private school. I produced sound for at least 30 productions (up to 50 tracks per production) in this time period. It was a trial by fire.
Wave Pad 
I found a trial version of Acid - and found the program that I enjoyed using the most. I was able to record demos of songs and cover songs, but still didn't have the right equipment needed to record decent sounding music.
In "The Rose" you can still hear a slight hiss and the treble etc is not balanced. At this point I still did not have a mixer desk, and was recording straight into the headphone jack of a cheap computer.

As soon as I could afford it, I bought the full version of Sony Acid Pro 10, which included Sony Soundforge Pro 10. I bought a better computer and a cheap mixer, I was able to produce better quality recordings, but still not what I wanted! I was able to record a jazz album and here is an example from that - "There will never be another you"

Sony Acid Pro 10


When I moved to Australia, near Sydney, I bought a good mixer, a new laptop, and made sure that my mics etc were better quality. I am nowhere near where I hope to be with regards to equipment but I will have to be patient! I will have my full studio one day.
Sony Soundforge
I have managed to produce my first album "Deity" at age 35, and I am a month or two away from completing my second album "Deus" aged 36.

That's 27 years of recording.

You can hear this track "Speed of Light" from my Deity Album, and "Abrupt End" from my Deus Album due soon, both are available for free download. If you'd like to hear the rest of the songs they are posted here as I work on them, I post works in progress as well as finished tracks.

I just wanted to write this to encourage that one person reading this, the person who knows that they need to do something that seems impossible.

Just do it.

Even if what you produce isn't perfect, it's still YOUR journey. Just go for it and see what the future holds for you!







BREAKING: Former Springbok Captain Joost Van Der Wedthuizen Has Died

Joost in healthier times. Photo: You Magazine 
Please find all information at m.ewn.co.za/2017/02/06/former-springbok-captain-joost-van-der-westhuizen-dies

Our thoughts are with Amor and their children at this tragic time. 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

LOOK LOCAL: Peppercorn Park Horses Jilliby NSW


I got to kiss that ear! 
On the last Friday of the Christmas school holidays, we woke up early and dressed for possible horse riding, with much (see: Noise) and (See: Lack of Coffee) we left for Jilliby - our first time driving to the area in NSW, to visit Peppercorn Park Horses. Good Lord bless Google Maps.

The first thing I noticed while we drove there, was that the landscape became greener and more lush the closer we got, my children’s excited squeals with every passing cow, calf, horse or foal was so worth it! There were also a few really beautiful and old cemeteries – if you’re like me and love to walk around looking at the gravestones! Nothing better than a glimpse into history.


We found Peppercorn Horse Park after one very long u-turn (we went to “Jilliby rd” instead of “Little Jilliby rd”) and I was immediately thrown twenty years back in time to my youth where we would live with my grandparents on DiemersfonteinWine Farm in Wellington Paarl, South Africa.  


We drove up the winding road through a few white gates, and as we crested the first ridge we saw the Paddocks leading off into the distance, filled with an assortment of Horses, and one little foal/filly? That we had to stop and see. 

Getting out of the car and seeing this absolute beauty was the first of many exciting surprises in store! 
We saw a double story farmhouse under a canopy of green trees, dappled in shade. All around was a collection of horse riding equipment, barrels for practicing, harnesses and halters hanging on hooks. The smell of horses was INCREDIBLE! 

There is nothing in the world as beautiful as a saddle before a ride ;) 
Such memories of my youth doing riding lessons at the farm in Africa, the feel of the horse’s hair under my fingertips, the weight of the saddle, the jingle of the harness and the chomp and crunch of horses teeth on fresh carrots. The way sunlight highlights their long eyelashes and the depth of their character when you look into their eyes…


 Once I recovered from my nostalgic trip, I rounded up my girls and we made our way into the Farmhouse. The smell of honeyed scones filled the kitchen area and the laughter of little children and chatter of older kids filled the space. 

We felt immediately at home, this was real. A real working farm space, an experience that my children will never forget – and will cherish.


Jane Parnell is no ordinary Horseman, she is the mother of 7 great children, has recently had back surgery, and she is an Opera Singer! One of the first things she said to me with a flourish of her hand was
“These are my children, there are seven of them but some aren’t here right now, this here is my man Wayne the Bull Rider, and I’m Janey the Horseriding Opera Singer!”

Jane is so full of knowledge and history, here she was telling us about her rescued horses. 
I loved it!

Jane and her family started Peppercorn Horse Park three years ago, and they have faced their fair share of battles -  Jane’s daughter Jacinta was diagnosed with Cancer, she has just her second stem cell transplant. The family have really pulled together and are hoping for the best.

This is a family run venue and it's so lovely seeing their children take part in teaching and training. 
The abundance of bird life creates an incredible musical backdrop to all activities at Peppercorn Park and this is a rustic, rugged family establishment, a real working park. Click on the video below to hear the birdsong at Peppercorn Park. 


video

This family are quirky, true blue Aussies with an amazing family history, the activities at the Park are family oriented, and this is evident on their rugged farm, where customers become friends.

This family sticks together and they have a good solid work ethic.
After being with them for a few hours, I had a glimpse into the real solid community spirit at Peppercorn Park, a beach ride suddenly started forming via facebook and I watched Janey coordinate with her neighbours and contacts to make sure that the horses would be transported safely, fed and watered adequately, that there would be enough assistants on hand to make sure that the riders were safe on the beach. I just wished I could go with them!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to have a ride due to the beach ride taking shape, but Janey drove us out to the far field where she selected horses for the ride, handed us their leads and had us walk them back to the farm house. Seeing my daughter Savanna leading a full-grown horse – and doing it well – was so precious to me.

Sav and Kel had never been this close to horses or ponies before. In such a relaxed environment. 
We then had to carry saddles to the fence, and my girls got to feel the weight of a saddle and watched how to saddle up a horse correctly, they then each had a lovely riding lesson as an unexpected treat! 


As My Little Pony Enthusiasts Savanna and Kelsey were blown away by their real horse and pony experiences - Thank you Peppercorn Park! 


They didn’t stop speaking about it for three days! It was an altogether wonderful morning.

Peppercorn Park Horses is open for business on Saturdays and Sundays - Operating hours 9am – 6pm. There are after school riding lessons are available for booking. They also offer Birthday Parties with Pony Rides! 

CONTACT via their FACEBOOK PAGE or their WEBSITE

Pony Parties for your little one's birthday... heck. Your OWN birthday! 
A quick introduction to the family at Peppercorn Park:
Jane Parnell – a trained Opera Singer turned Director of Peppercorn Park Horses divides her time between their Narrabeen home and the Horse Park, while Wayne remains at Peppercorn Park Horses.
Son Josh (23) is a Pilot Instructor in Port Maquarie.
Daughter Jacinta (21) is a real estate agent in Mosman.
Daughter Bella (18) is a Uni student, and she wants to be a doctor, after seeing how Doctors have helped her sister – she is a strong singer like her Mum, and plays the guitar.
Daughter Lucia (14) is a Life saver and school student (and stem cell donor) – she also shares her Mum’s love for singing.
Daughter Gracie (12) is a student and horse rider, known for being a bit of a horse whisperer
Son Clancy (2) is a Sargeant Major in training and loves his Mum.
Son Rafael (10mths) is the family Comedian, full of smiles and a peek-a-boo champion.

They hope to see you there soon! 



Friday, 27 January 2017

MMADAAA Session Four: Navigating the Industry and Chasing Your Dreams: Access All Areas Conference at The Lounge Room Gosford





Access All Areas
Session Four
Navigating the Industry and Chasing your Dreams: L-Fresh the LION, Est, The Profit, Ryan Buckland

Est
Est: As the artist you have to stick to your message, no matter what people say, it is your message. Trust your gut. #mmadaaa17 #Arts

Est: If you listen to too many people you will lose sight of who you are. #mmadaaa17 #Arts

The Profit
The Profit: We lose the ability to celebrate the small things along the way. Don’t have an all or nothing mentality. #mmadaaa17 #Arts

The Profit: Reflect on and celebrate your wins, even the smallest gain is worth celebrating. #mmadaaa17 #Arts

The Profit: Before you know it you will be a few steps further towards your dream. If you don’t – Discouragement #mmadaaa17 #Arts

Ryan Buckland
Ryan Buckland: Don’t lose heart when those you help are not ready to be helped. #mmadaaa17 #Arts

Ryan Buckland: Look after yourself – don’t become discouraged after encouraging other artists that are just not ready for it all. #mmadaaa17 #Arts

Sometimes taking more responsibility than we need too.

L-Fresh the LION
L-Fresh: Build up a solid habit of encouraging yourself. Motivate yourself and tell yourself that you are going to make it. #mmadaaa17 #Arts

L-Fresh: Build up a solid team around you who have your back, they will support you and pick up the slack when you are failing. #mmadaaa17 #Arts

L-Fresh: Teamwork is HUGE. #mmadaaa17 #Arts

Est: Do not compare yourself to anyone. The Music Industry in Australia is very small. #mmadaaa17

Est: Spend time with other artists, do not compete. Go to eachother’s gigs and overcome the competitive streak. #mmadaaa17

Est: Support eachother. Have friends within the Industry – they know where you’re at and can support you in return. #mmadaaa17

Will Small - The Lounge Room Gosford #MMAD4U
The Profit – get a good team and good friends around you. Find people who build you up. #mmadaaa17

The Profit – “Get an Army of Mirrors” Teams with a real buzz and positive energy, they will continue to remind you why you started in the first place. #mmadaaa17

The Profit – Remember why you started making music. Remind yourself and stay positive. #mmadaaa17

The Profit – There are a lot of negative people who know everything about everything. Learn who to listen too. #mmadaaa17

Ryan Buckland: Have fun in your life, don’t get too serious about stuff. Find your happiness – keep it good. #mmadaaa17

Ryan Buckland: Mentorship. Surround yourself with people who you can look up to and speak too. When things fall apart they will be there. #mmadaaa17

Ryan Buckland: Mentors will be able to provide you with so much knowledge and advice. They can guide you through so much. #mmadaaa17

L-Fresh: Music Education – there is no substitute for just DOING IT. Volunteer. Learn as you go. #mmadaaa17

L-Fresh: Know your history, know your culture, speak to your elders, tell the stories. Inform and Empower. #mmadaaa17

Est: I haven’t had one definitive moment when I felt “this gives me power / this gives me knowledge” #mmadaaa17

Est: I’ve had special moments with fans that have made me feel strength and focus. #mmadaaa17

Est: Connecting with the world around me gives me power. #mmadaaa17

The Profit – I am not a Hip Hop Artist – I am a MC. I am not a man who had a baby – I am a FATHER. Define yourself accurately and give yourself power. #mmadaaa17

L-Fresh: In this industry it is easy to get “big on yourself” full of yourself. You need to filter the compliments etc and stay grounded. #mmadaaa17

L-Fresh: Remind yourself that none of this is yours, it belongs to a higher power. Just be grateful and stay grounded. #mmadaaa17

Est: Stay grounded. Whether you have a team or a fanbase, there is so much hard work being done to keep you where you are. #mmadaaa17

Est: Remember that everyone has their own journey. #mmadaaa17

Est: Don’t compare yourself, better understand people and this will help bring humility. #mmadaaa17

The Profit – Knowledge of self is real foundational stuff, if part of who you are is solidly set on being humble no matter what season you’re in. #mmadaaa17

The Profit – We wan’t to be the type of guys who will talk to the sound guy, stand in the front when others are performing 1 / 2 #mmadaaa17

 The Profit – Encouraging and empowering others while they are performing, surround ourselves with other muso’s and sharpen each other 2 / 2 #mmadaaa17


The Profit – don’t lose the humility. Keep people who love you close. They will be able to keep you grounded. #mmadaaa17

MMADAAA Session Three: The Power of Music (and the Arts) for Building our Community: Access All Areas Conference at The Lounge Room Gosford

www.therhythmhut.com.au

Access All Areas
Session Four
The Power of Music (and the Arts) for building our community: Louise Sawilejskij GM of The Rhythm Hut in Gosford. 

Dictionary Reference: Community: A social unit of any size that shares common values #mmadaaa17

Inclusivity: Culturally -> Acknowledging original owners of the land. All music genres. #ThePowerOfMusic #mmadaaa17

Inclusivity: Diversity -> All types of people. Make sure that all people feel welcome. Change the perception. #ThePowerOfMusic #mmadaaa17

Inclusivity: Communication -> All types of people. Remember to accept all personality types, be able to reach out. #ThePowerOfMusic #mmadaaa17

Inclusivity: Accessibility -> be accessible to helpers, let people assist you in reaching your goals. Team work is key. #ThePowerOfMusic #mmadaaa17

Inclusivity: Open -> Listen to your inner voice. Be open to change. Flexibility is good! #ThePowerOfMusic #mmadaaa17

Artists in a community have a really beautiful way of getting behind one another, and connecting opportunities. #mmadaaa17

Connection: Community is built on connection! “The opposite of Addiction is Connection” #mmadaaa17

Connection: Human connection - we need human interaction, group settings, music classes etc. #mmadaaa17

Connection: Challenge: Find ways to build connection in your community. #mmadaaa17

Collaborate: Opens your community – leads to new ventures and adventures! #mmadaaa17

Collaborate: Double your powers – Double exposure – Do awesome stuff! Fuels and challenges creativity #mmadaaa17

Collaborate: @RhythmHut and The Lounge Room Gosford collaborate and this equals great things in #Gosford! #mmadaaa17

Meet Up: Go to every event, #Music #ArtExhibition #BookLaunches #FilmScreening #Gosford! #mmadaaa17

Meet Up: Networking -> Line up meetings -> Formal or Informal -> Keep hustling #Gosford! #mmadaaa17

Meet Up: Talk to Strangers #NoStrangerDanger #Networking #Opportunities to Connect. #Gosford! #mmadaaa17

#1RULE – Don’t forget the LOVE! #Arts #Opportunities to Connect. #Gosford! #mmadaaa17



MMADAAA Session Two: The Ins and Outs of the Songwriting Industry: Access All Areas Conference at The Lounge Room Gosford


http://ginajeffreys.com/

Access All Areas
Session Two
The Ins and Outs of the Songwriting Industry: Gina Jeffreys and Rod McCormack #mmadaaa17

A prevalent issue in songwriting by new writers, is the use of too many words, lyrics rushed. #mmadaaa17

Write out your fave song, and study the structure & rhyme scheme – try to emulate that. #mmadaaa17

If your song title asks a question – answer it in the song. Tell the full story. Stick to the subject. #mmadaaa17

Take your fave song, look at the lyrics, think about the meter–count syllables. Exercise: Write new lyrics based on the old song. #mmadaaa17

#Lyrics “To say much, in so little time, with so little space… is really hard to do. So do it well.” – Rod McCormack #mmadaaa17

Lyric writing rules are always flexible. What works could literally be reversed and still work. #mmadaaa17

“The number one secret to success: is kindness and helping others. If you’re an assh-le that negative word will spread like wildfire…” #mmadaaa17





MMADAAA Session One: Creativity and Land: Access All Areas Conference at The Lounge Room Gosford



l-r Will Small, Phil Pallas, Izzy, Chang Po Ching, Dr Rod Patterson

Access All Areas Conference (Arts)
Session One Live Tweets @sandybigaradiva
Creativity and Land: Phil Pallas social Worker, Izzy Hip Hop Artist, Chang Po Ching Youth Worker and Music mentor, Dr Rod Patterson Art Historian and Social Worker – arts.

Knowing your heritage and your roots is a powerful thing – it enhances your personal experience and can shape and form your future focus. #mmadaaa17

Being aware of culture – the mass of cultures around us – using elements of that culture to influence our artistic growth. #mmadaaa17

Being aware of FROM and ARE – You are FROM somewhere but you ARE living out your walk possibly somewhere else. #mmadaaa17

Trying to forget the negative context associated with “Cultural Appropriation” (the negative view espoused by angry and frustrated people 1 / 2 #mmadaaa17

 …accept & encourage “Cultural Influence and Cultural Tolerance” promoted by those willing to share their cultural practices and ideology with others.  2 / 2 #mmadaaa17

Feeling as if you have no history or heritage can be a hard cross to bear. Sharing culture can alleviate that feeling of homelessness #mmadaaa17

People need to really think about #AustraliaDay debate and realise the impact of this Culturally sensitive date on Indigenous people. #mmadaaa17

As artists we have the responsibility to create dialogue and convey a message re #AustraliaDay #ChangeTheDate #mmadaaa17

26th January will never be a date that unites/unifies the peoples. As #artists how do we assist in this change? #AustraliaDay #mmaadaaa17

There is much to be done to fill in our History books with truths, including ALL cultural stories. Even ugly truths need to be learned about. #mmaadaaa17

More people than ever are speaking openly about Aboriginal issues. This is a positive change & shows an upward trend in reconciliation. #mmaadaaa17

There has been a real loss of culture and languages on the East coast. There are challenges facing Indigenous peoples wrt this. 1/2 #mmaadaaa17

The challenge facing artists is how to bring awareness – “Art has communicating power” it is our responsibility. 2/2 #mmaadaaa17

“A true Artist is someone who speaks for the people – we speak for Australia” – Chang Po Ching #mmaadaaa17

“We can’t listen if we don’t love, we can’t love if we don’t listen” – Chang Po Ching #mmaadaaa17

“We became brothers by Freestyling together, even though we didn’t understand each others language” - Izzy #Unity #mmaadaaa17

Practical Application:

“I want my private and my public life to be in this space called “The Studio” – it’s where mistakes are made…” – Dr Rod Patterson #mmaadaaa17

“Find out what your story is. Be gracious with people. Ask questions. Learn more” – Izzy #mmaadaaa17

“Find someone who speaks your language (your message) and get them to speak WITH you, to others” – Chang Po Ching #mmaadaaa17