20 August, 2020
As you walk through the lush green gardens of King’s Domain towards the Sidney Myer Music Bowl main entrance, a striking new mural will meet your gaze.
With fire in their eyes and history in their hearts, Djirri Djirri dancers in native dress now adorn the walls of the venue’s box office, greeting visitors as they enter.
Featuring a strong palette which accentuates the colours of the Indigenous flag – a vibrant mix of red, black and yellow combine to paint a powerful image reflecting traditional song and dance.
Bursting with emotion and animation, it is almost as if the figures come to life amongst the swaying of the surrounding trees.
The mural, painted by esteemed street artist Matt Adnate in February, celebrates and highlights the beauty of Indigenous cultural performance.
“Featuring the Djirri Djirri Dancers and the Brown Family, I am grateful for their contribution toward this project,” Adnate says.
“I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which I create my work and their Elders past and present.”
Adnate is well-known for his large-scale murals where he works closely with Indigenous people of their native land, especially with First Australians.
His pieces can be found all over Australia, and the world.
He endeavours to capture the stories and emotions of each of his subjects, encouraging the audience to feel through their own experience and using spray paint to achieve the realist figure imagery.
The land on which Sidney Myer Music Bowl and Arts Centre Melbourne sits has long been a place of gathering, storytelling, song, ceremony, celebration and commemoration for First Nations people.
The People of the Kulin Nations have gathered on the site for thousands of years and continue to do so today. We pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging.
Video Production by Round 3.
Music produced by Temple Step @ Motiv Music motivmusic.com with vocals by Mandy Nicholson & Stacie Piper.