NO FUNDING CUTS! NO COMMUNITY CLOSURES! On the 1st May, people in almost 100 towns and cities around the world, including Darwin and Alice Springs, marched to show support for WA Aboriginal communities who face an uncertain future. We also marched to protest recent funding cuts to Aboriginal community services across Australia. There have been indications that the Federal Government is now trying to absolve themselves of future financial responsibility of NT Aboriginal communities. Please join us at the following events: FRIDAY 26th JUNE: Rally from Raintree Park at 12pm SATURDAY 27th JUNE: Community Forum at 1pm CDU—Blue 5 Lecture Theatre The topic of this forum will be: “Developing the North: At What Cost?” Chaired by Charlie King, panellists will include: Steve Larkin, Director Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE) Priscilla Collins, CEO North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) John Paterson, EO Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT) Joe Morrison, CEO Northern Land Council (NLC) Community representatives Let’s make our voice be heard, see you there!
The Barunga festival is a celebration of sports culture and music. This year 2015 marked their 30th anniversary. With a huge line up of acts such as the famous Bush-Bands, Gurrumul , B2M, Sammy Butcher, Neil Murray, Paul Kelly, Lonely Boys, Mambalil Band, Manuel Dhurrakay and many more. Throughout the duration of the festival TEABBA Radio was honoured to be apart of such a huge milestone and be welcomed by the community to take part in such an awesome festival, throughout the broadcast TEABBA had a number of giveaways such as blankets, mugs, the latest B2m album, Power cards & not to forget the guess how much salty plums are in the jar competition which was a huge hit. The festival had its highlights with the sports competitions taking place, spear throwing, damper competitions and the magical welcome to country plus bungul. If you have never been to a Barunga festival make sure you’re at the next one it’s a not to be missed event. . The queens birthday long weekend from the 5th to the 7th of June 2015. TEABBA would like to thank Barunga community and organisers for including our crew in the 30-year celebrations by broadcasting at this great event! Hope everyone who attended the Barunga Festival had a wonderful time and we hope to see you again next year!
For hundreds and even thousands of years, Torres Strait Islanders have been a proud and independent people. Today is nothing different - today May 29 is the 23rd Anniversary of the Torres Strait Flag. Back in the 1990s there was a competition for all Torres Strait Islanders to come up with a design to best represent and unite our people under one banner. Bernard Jnr remembers, “From the announcement of the competition, I remember dad sitting up late doing sketches of the flag and would get up early for work the next day.” Bernard snr was a humble and quite man and always had time for family. The nights would spend at Grandad, Mr Ettie Pau family home (Bernard Snr father in law) who shared stories about the history, culture and traditions of our people. Unfortunately Bernard Snr didn’t live to see the success of his creation and the places the flag has flown not only in Australia but around the world, he would have been proud. Bernard Jnr holds this day close to his heart, “To me May 29, was the birth of our identity. The Torres Strait Flag represents unity. It identify who you are, we as Torres Strait Islanders. For me personally I hold the flag close to my heart, it holds so much memories, it takes me back home to the islands, back to my roots where I feel I belongs and most of all, memories of dad. A documentary is being co-produced by Tamarind Tree Pictures and TEABBA. The Documentary will unpick the stories and symbolism embedded in the Torres Strait Islander Flag and highlight the work of the flags designer, Bernard Namok Snr. Watch this space.
THE NATIONAL NAIDOC THEME FOR 2015 IS: WE ALL STAND ON SACRED GROUND: LEARN, RESPECT AND CELEBRATE This year the theme highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea. The theme is an opportunity to pay respects to country; honour those who work tirelessly on preserving land, sea and culture and to share the stories of many sites of significance or sacred places with the nation. via naidoc.org.au lifewear™ australia is very proud to present the brand new range to celebrate this year’s Naidoc Week. Our in-house design team along with selected Indigenous artists created these clothing to pay respects to the oldest continuing culture on the planet.
Entries for 2015 triple j Unearthed NIMAs Competition open today in line with national celebrations for Reconciliation Week. The partnership between NIMAs and triple j Unearthed to undertake the only national Indigenous Unearthed competition has yielded outstanding results. After Unearthing the amazing Thelma Plum [QLD] in 2012, Robbie Miller [QLD] in 2013 and rising hip-hop artist Philly [VIC] in 2014 there is much anticipation for 2015s discovery. "triple js unearthed NIMAs competition has proved its ability to turn emerging artists into household names. We are thrilled to be again partnering with triple j on this initiative and look forward to discovering the next big thing," says Mark Smith - Executive Director of MusicNT & NIMAs. “Without triple j Unearthed and the NIMAs I wouldn’t be where I am here, right now”, says 2014 winner Philly, a young hip-hop artist who releases his new single titled “Dream Chaser” this Friday. “I’ve just stepped out of the recording studio putting my first album together with guests including Jimblah and If I can do it, so can anywhere with a bit of get up and go.” The NIMAs are recognized nationally as the pre-eminent awards for Indigenous Music. The prestigious awards ceremony and concert has grown into a popular night out for all the family and this year’s lucky Unearthed winner will be added to the bill to perform alongside Frank Yamma, NT local favorites from Tiwi Island B2M , The Painted Ladies and headliners East Journey Feat. Yothu Yindi’s premiere performance of The Genesis Project. Entries for the triple j Unearthed NIMAs competition close July 5th - the winner will be announced during NAIDOC Week in July. To load your music to Unearthed head to: www.triplejunearthed.com [...]
The first NAIDOC poster was created in 1972 to promote ‘Aborigines Day’ which had become widely accepted as a day for Australians to come together in support of better rights for Indigenous people. The protest nature of the poster continued until 1977 with titles like ‘Self Determination’ and ‘Chains or Chance’ publicising political change and a day of remembrance. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has congratulated Brisbane graphic artist, Elaine Chambers, on being the 2015 National NAIDOC poster artist. Ms Chambers called her artwork We all stand on Sacred Ground. “Ms Chambers’ artwork was selected from more than 120 exceptional entries reflecting this year’s National NAIDOC theme – We all Stand on Sacred Ground – Learn, Respect and Celebrate. “The artwork honours the history and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ connection with Country.” Along with a $5,000 cash prize, Ms Chambers’ artwork will feature on the 2015 National NAIDOC poster which will be displayed in schools, workplaces and community organisations across Australia to promote NAIDOC Week 2015, held from 5-12 July. Ms Chambers describes her artwork, which features four unique sets of feet, as representing the ages and colours of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. “We all stand on Sacred Ground represents a strong spiritual and cultural connection to the land and the sea, the different people, from elders to the young, and the stories our elders shared,” she said. The Australian Government is delivering more than $2 million this year to support the annual NAIDOC Week celebrations, including the National NAIDOC Awards and hundreds of local NAIDOC celebrations around the country. Minister Scullion commends all of the talented artists who took part in this year’s competition. To find out more [...]