Expressions Of Interest May 2019 | Rripangu Yidaki Masterclass with Djalu Gurruwiwi

Djalu Gurruwiwi playing yidaki


Expressions of Interest are sought for Yidaki Masterclasses with Djalu Gurruwiwi May 2019.

Please use the form below to tell us who you are, your email address so we can get in touch with you, where you are travelling from, what are your preferred dates in May and any general comments or questions you may have.


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    What: A 7 day yidaki-making and yidaki-playing workshop in a small-group setting with Djalu Gurruwiwi in his home community of Wallaby Beach, living on-site and participating in a variety of daily activities with his extended family.

    Primarily, you will make your own yidaki to keep with the help of Djalu and other family members and you will listen to and practise some of the traditional playing styles and techniques that Yolngu are renowned for.

    In addition, you will gain a deeper appreciation for Yolngu kinship, cosmology, language and contemporary life in this part of Arnhem Land.

    With Djalu’s advancing years, this may be one of the last few opportunities to meet with the Master in a masterclass setting.

    To express interest in this Yidaki Masterclass with Djalu, please fill in the form at the top of this page and we will get in touch with you to confirm your place and to answer any questions you might have about the masterclass.

    A video playlist of one previous Yidaki Masterclass with Djalu and other Rripangu Yirdaki events can also be viewed below.

    When: May 2019, exact dates to be confirmed after we receive your expression of interest via submission form.

    Where: Wallaby Beach (Birritjimi), Nhulunbuy, Gove Peninsula region, Northern Territory, Australia.

    Who: This Yidaki Masterclass has no gender restrictions and is open to anyone who is willing to learn and to participate. Djalu will be assisted by his son Larry as well as a number of up-and-coming, new generation yidaki talent within the Galpu yothu yindi family who are following in Djalu’s ‘yidaki diplomacy’ footsteps.

    How much: $2500.

    Accommodation: Participants will have the option of either living in a share-house situation or camping in a tent at Wallaby Beach. There will be basic amenities such as a shower, toilet, and kitchen with cooking facilities.

    Food: Bring, buy and/or cook your own meals, self-catering and shared cooking duties will see everyone happy during the week. There are shops close-by with take-aways options available and groceries can also be purchased in Nhulunbuy at the 2 main supermarkets.

    What to bring: A roll-up foam or air mattress and any other bedding you might require including sheets, pillow, blanket and sleeping bag; tent; towel and toiletries; change of clothes for 7 days; a set of cutlery enough for yourself (plate/bowl, knife, fork, spoon, cup); some pots and pans and chopping boards will also be useful to share; water bottle; a day bag or backpack for outings to the bush.

    A playlist of a previous Rripangu Yirdaki Masterclass can be viewed below:

    A playlist of an assortment of Rripangu Yirdaki performances, workshops and events available below:

    Further reading:

    Djalu Gurruwiwi biography/profile

    Yidaki Exhibition with Djalu Gurruwiwi, South Australian Museum

    Related links:

    In Between Songs.

    Westwind: Djalu’s Legacy.

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