In September, Outback Arts hit the road to deliver workshops and live music across the region! Six of our communities enjoyed drumming workshops and evening performances, including Warren, Cobar, Bourke, Lightning Ridge, Walgett and Coonamble.
Dale Freeman of the Macquarie Conservatorium in Dubbo led the drumming workshops, teaching the crowd different drumming rhythms from Africa, South America and touched on other world music traditions. Kids and adults alike joined in having a go on a variety of drums and percussion instruments. Dale has a love for music that is infectious. He loves what he does and insists it doesn’t feel like a job as ‘musicians don’t work, they play.”
Clinton Hoy, singer and songwriter from Dubbo, also joined the gang to play some live gigs in Cobar, Bourke and Lightning Ridge. He believes that music is something that nurtures connection and community, and it’s important that everyone has access to it. “It’s good for the soul and our mental health”.
Outback Arts delivered the project as part of Mental Health month. Arts and Health projects are becoming an important tool to break down stigmas and raise awareness around mental health or drug and alcohol related issues. Music workshops are a fun and interactive way for people learn new skills, to relieve stress, to develop coping strategies, and to socialise with different people.
The workshops and performances were presented by Outback Arts, in partnership with their Shire Councils, the Macquarie Conservatorium in Dubbo, the Love Your Life Committee instigated by the Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol service and funded by House with No Steps.
Thanks to everyone who participated and celebrated our incredible musicians!