By Fiona Bettesworth | 27 April 2018

Real Indonesia Travel Ubud Indigenous

Ubud is about to be home to a truly global event!

The Indigenous Celebration is a truly unique gathering of the world's indigenous people. 34 Indonesian tribes and 7 countries will share the wisdom, art, music and dance of their cultures in a festival both collaborative and connective. It’s running from the 11th to the 13th of May, and includes guests from Australia, New-Zealand, Indonesia and Nagaland. The three days of workshops and performances are being held at Ubud’s Agung Rai Musueum of Art (ARMA). Thanks to a collaboration between the Green Bali School and ARMA, the Indigenous Celebration is set to be a spectacular event, recognizing the role of indigenous peoples as custodians for the environment, as well as the wisdom and teachings passed down through their traditions.

Among the Australian Aboriginal guests performing and speaking at Ubud is Angela Wurramara, a Warnindilyakwa women from Groote Eylandt in Australia’s Northern Territory is a custodian for her tribe. Angela graduated from the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts in Brisbane, before returning home where she now works with young people through performance. She teaches and uses both traditional and contemporary dance as a method of addressing issues like crime and youth suicide, and a way to help youth develop skills that empower them and connect them to their community.  You can catch Angela teaching her tribes traditional dance in a workshop from 1pm to 3pm on the Friday the 11th.

Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal is another of Australia’s guests performing at the Celebration. Jade is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, a dancer who blends her Javanese and Aboriginal heritage to create one of a kind, expressive movements. She’s studied ballet worldwide, and her unique performances have earned her accolades at Fringe Festivals as well as being shortlisted for Australian Dance Awards. You can see Jade’s inspirational blend of traditional Javanese and Aboriginal elements in a workshop on Saturday the 12th from 3pm to 5pm.

There will also be a performance by the collaborative indigenous group, Small Island, Big Song on the opening night of the celebration, as well as a collaboration between the group and other Indigenous artists on closing night.

This is going to be a one of a kind cultural festival experience, with a chance to interact with and learn about thirty-two of the world’s indigenous cultures through music, dance and art. As well as providing a forum for sharing traditions, rituals, art and song and providing a needed platform for imparting tribal knowledge to both younger generations and non-indigenous participants and audiences.

For the full details, check out the celebrations official website, here!

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