Outback Arts hit the road and toured the region, to bring free drumming workshops to the towns of Bourke, Cobar, Warren, Coonamble, Lighting Ridge and Walgett. The workshops were run as part of Mental Health month through the Love your Life program instigated by the Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol service.
Participants explored different drumming rhythms from Africa, South America and learnt about other world music traditions. A variety of drums and percussion instruments were provided including traditional African djembes, new Kalani Flex drums and maracas, shakers and cow bells. The workshops catered for complete beginners and more experienced participants.
Drumming is a fun and interactive way for people learn new skills, to relieve stress, to develop coping strategies, to engage communities, and to socialise with different people. Becoming involved in these types of projects empowers people while raising awareness and reducing stigma around mental health or drug and alcohol related issues.
The workshops were led by bearded musician Dale Freeman. 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.” Dale is a staff member of Macquarie Conservatorium Dubbo, where he teaches hand-drumming and drum-kit, guitar and ukulele. He teaches drumming to both adult and youth groups each week in Dubbo, including an inclusive Community Drum Circle.
The workshops were presented by Outback Arts, in partnership with the Macquarie Conservatorium in Dubbo, and funded by House with No Steps.