Enter into Hamer Hall to experience dis rupt, a youth-driven blak intervention that takes over the iconic venue for four hours.
Led by emerging curator Kate ten Buuren, with the support of Kalyani Mumtaz and Cienan Muir, more than ten emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists will take over Hamer Hall's public spaces with song, dance, installation and performance, transforming the space for one afternoon only.
The venue rests on the bank of the Birrarung – the River of Mists. The exhibition asks ‘How do diasporic First Peoples connect to water? How do young blakfullas imagine the future of their lands?’ dis rupt will open up closed doors and bring life to stories that have never been heard within Hamer Hall.
Audiences will be submerged in story, song, dance, immersive installation and performance from the point of view of young First Nations artists. dis rupt invites first time visitors of Hamer Hall, as well as long-term audiences, to experience something unexpected.
Artists featured in dis rupt are Arkie Barton, Moorina Bonini, Edwina Green, Maya Hodge, Rosie Kalina, Savanna Kruger, Maylene Slater-Burns, Pierra van Sparkes, Jenna Warwick, Brent Watkins, Iluka Sax-Williams, plus more to be announced!
Following dis rupt will be Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project, which was initially launched in 2017, to celebrate the release of the 25th anniversary remix pack of Yothu Yindi’s Treaty and raise awareness for the need for treaty with Australia’s First Nations people. In this exciting new, electronica-driven formation, some of the founding members of Yothu Yindi are joined onstage by former band members and popular contemporary First Nations singers and songwriters.
Together, young and old can enjoy the enriching experience of engaging with young artists and renowned musicians.
This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, VicHealth, and by Arts Centre Melbourne and City of Melbourne through YIRRAMBOI Festival. Its development was supported by Darebin Arts.