Musical and cultural sharing, amidst the stunning landscape of the East MacDonnell Ranges


25 - 28 April 2019

Picture: Irene Nangala from Kintore with Rachel Hore at Big Sing in the Desert 2017

Big Sing in the Desert is an activity of Big Sing Incorporated, a not-for-profit association established to foster and support community singing and music, and provide opportunities for musical and cultural sharing. 8CCC Community Radio - Alice Springs Big Sing in the Desert is supported by 8CCC Community radio, Alice Springs
Big Sing in the Desert 2015


Centrecorp Lhere Artepe

Pictured above: Irene Nangala with Rachel Hore at Big Sing in the Desert, 2017. Irene is a beautiful strong singer from the Papunya to Kintore region of NT. Currently living in Alice Springs, she came to the Big Sing for the first time in 2017 with three other singers from the Purple House - a wonderful organisation set up to support Western Desert Dialysis. https://www.westerndesertdialysis.com

Our singing community raised the funds to get them there.

Please help to bring up to 50 Indigenous singers to Big Sing in the Desert.


Sponsor an Indigenous Singer

SPONSORSHIPS for BIG SING in the Desert 2019 are NOW OPEN

Each year hundreds of people across Australia become sponsors to support Indigenous singers to attend the BIG SING in the Desert.

Donate $30 or more, which will directly fund the transport, accommodation and workshop costs for our sponsored singers. Some of our Indigenous singers will be travelling over 700 kms to attend the event. We are expecting singers from Areyonga, Alice Springs, Hermannsburg, Papunya, Titjikala, Mutijulu and Docker River communities, and the word is spreading!

Our aim is to raise $20,000 which will support the costs of up to 50 Indigenous singers to attend. We cannot hold this event without your help. Please help us to get people there.

As a sponsor you’ll receive a link to photos and footage of Big Sing 2019.

We reached our target in 2018

Heartfelt thanks to the many choirs, organisations and individuals who donated toward Big Sing in the Desert, 2018.

We would also like to acknowledge the valuable support of Centrecorp Foundation and Lhere Artepe Aboriginal corporation.

 

Big Sing new connections

In 2018 we were very happy to help bring Worimi Elders from the Great Lakes District in NSW to Big Sing in the Desert. The Worimi connection was first kindled in September 2017, when Rachel taught at Big Sing by the Sea in Forster, NSW. Worimi Elder Auntie Janice Paulson said: “It was really great to see black and white people singing in harmony and a joy to see how Rachel brought everyone’s voices together. It was inspiring and so easy to learn from her.”

Worimi Gumbaynggirr Elder Auntie Lyn Davis said: “There was something special in the room – a spiritual connection that touched everyone and brought us closer together – we became one community.”

Having made this inspiring connection they were keen to attend Big Sing in the Desert in 2018 so that they could experience the musical traditions of Aboriginal desert culture. They raised funds with the support of their local community and Big Sing Inc provided additional sponsorship support to enable them to attend the Big Sing in the Desert 2018.

Watch our photo slideshow from the Big Sing 2018.

 

More info and video footage from the BIG SING the Desert here.

 

All Sponsorship Enquiries

Rachel Hore
Contact me by email using the form here.


Big Sing in the Desert is an activity of Big Sing Incorporated, a not-for-profit association established to foster and support community singing and music, and provide opportunities for musical and cultural sharing.

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