Powerful New Project Traces the Rich History of Redfern
Live and Deadly – 20 Years of the Gadigal Information Service
Exhibition: 27 June to 1 August
Aboriginal Music Program: 4 & 18 July
Sydney, Australia: Gadigal Information Service, incorporating Koori Radio 93.7FM, has been broadcasting the news and views of Aboriginal Australia since 1993. Carriageworks this month joins forces with Gadigal Information Service to honour 20 years of ground breaking community service. LIVE and DEADLY is an art exhibition, music program and industry forum which uses powerful story-telling, thought-provoking debate and contemporary music to celebrate the important voice that Koori Radio has provided Aboriginal people over the past two decades.
Redfern has long been home to many of Australia’s political and cultural trailblazers, artists, leaders and progressive thinkers who vigorously offer Sydney-siders an alternative history and, potentially, an alternative future. It is a place of stories, inspiring leaders, fiery rhetoric and political activism – an urban meeting place for Aboriginal Australians. Since its inception 20 years ago, Gadigal Information Service has been part of the community’s history, and through Koori Radio has shared voices and views of Aboriginal people.
The LIVE and DEADLY exhibition explores the iconic moments in Redfern’s rich and layered history, including Keating’s Redfern Speech, The Apology, the passionate Redfern riots, Mabo’s victory and the ongoing life of The Block. All of these significant events and many more have been captured by Koori Radio and broadcast into homes, boardrooms and backyards over the past two decades. This free exhibition combines personal archives, film works, radio recordings and photography to bring these events to life through the eyes of those that were there to experience the stories first-hand.
The exhibition also highlights the critical role Koori Radio has played in providing a platform for Aboriginal musicians. Many high-profile musicians attribute a large part of their success to the station’s promotion and support. LIVE and DEADLY will present Klub Koori in residence at Carriageworks every Thursday in July.
The highlight event of the music program will be a free all-ages gig on Thursday 4 July. Black Vinyl will be a retrospective of Aboriginal pop classics, headlined by Dan Sultan and Emma Donovan, supported by pop duo Microwave Jenny and Radical Son. It will be directed by the Black Arm Band’s Lou Bennett and hosted by Casey Donovan who began her hugely successful musical career with the Gadigal Information Service’s Young Black and Deadly program. This very special showcase of contemporary Aboriginal music will celebrate the extensive number of artists supported by Koori Radio.
Finally, LIVE and DEADLY will present two important industry forums to instigate lively discussions among community leaders and artists about the future of the Aboriginal radio and music industry. These events will take place on Thursday 4 and Thursday 25 of July and includes speakers such as Lily Shearer of Gadigal Information Service and Daniel Browning, Presenter on ABC Radio National’s Awaye program. Together they will discuss the future of Aboriginal broadcasting and music in Australia.
Koori Radio will also broadcast live from the exhibition at scheduled times throughout June and July. These broadcasts will capture the musical evening program highlights and forums and include interviews with past contributors to Gadigal Information Service and its programs, Young, Black & Deadly, Yabun, Gadigal Music and Klub Koori.