Main Photo: Hilda Bert and Daphne Puntjina from Areyonga, with Marion Swift from Ntaria at Big Sing in the Desert, 2018. Photo by Amy Jean Harding.
Sponsor a First Nations Singer
After a three-year break Big Sing in the Desert is BACK in 2023 and we REALLY need your help to make it happen!
A unique singing camp in the heart of Australia, Big Sing in the Desert is much loved by all who attend, providing an opportunity over four days for musical and cultural sharing through song, dance, food, art, conversation and community.
Your contribution of $50/$100/$200/$1,000 (or an amount of your choice) goes directly toward the costs of transport, accomodation and workshop expenses for singers from the Central Desert communities of Kaltukatjara (Docker River), Mutitjulu, Titjikala, Utju (Areyonga), Ntaria (Hermannsburg), and Mparntwe (Alice Springs).
Our goal is to raise $40,000 before 20 April 2023. Can you help us to get our singers there?
A HUGE THANK YOU to all who have donated. We have hit our target of $40,000 but are still collecting to support more First Nations singers, so please continue to donate!
Donations tax deductible
Donations to Big Sing Incorporated to Sponsor a First Nations Singer are tax deductible.
Sponsor First Nations choir Djinama Yilaga here.
Peggy Gallagher from Areyonga, Judy Trigger and Rene Kulitja from Mutijulu, Sandra and Caroline Windy from Areyonga at Big Sing in the Desert, 2018.
What our sponsored singers have to say …
“When we get together for the music, the singing, it’s like healing. That’s what I see.” – Gwen Inkamala, Ntaria NT, Big Sing in the Desert 2018.
The scholarship supports Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people from around Australia to attend Big Sing events.
The Song Keepers
Many singers from the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir are regular participants at Big Sing in the Desert. This is made possible by your generous support of our Sponsor a First Nations Singer fundraising. Hilda, Daphne and Marion (in main picture above) have been invaluable teachers and leaders at every Big Sing in the Desert since it began in 2010. I am honoured to know them and work with them.
Watch the trailer for the beautiful documentary film The Song Keepers which tells the story of the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir’s tour to Germany with Morris Stuart in 2015.
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Big Sing Community events are activities of Big Sing Incorporated (ABN 17 387 893 463), a registered charity providing opportunities for singing and cultural sharing on Country. Donations to Big Sing Incorporated are tax deductible.
What else is happening …
2023 Dates TBA
18 - 19 March 2023
Atherton Tablelands, QLD
20 - 23 April 2023
Ross River Homestead
Near Alice Springs, NT
Saturday 27 May 2023
W1: 30 June – 2 July 2023
W2: 14 July – 16 July 2023
Blue Mountains, NSW
2023 Workshop dates TBA
Blue Mountains, NSW