World stage
Reimagining Captain Cook: an Aboriginal Australian music response

Friday 1 March 2019,
18.30–20.00
Great Court
Free, just drop in

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World Stage events shine a light on endangered and intangible cultural heritage from around the globe. They take place regularly in spaces across the Museum in relation to temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection.

At this special event, presented in collaboration with Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival of First Nations, Aboriginal Australian artist Eric Avery performs music, movement and poetry in response to the current exhibition Reimagining Captain Cook: Pacific perspectives (Free, Room 91). The performance will fuse Aboriginal language and sounds with the music of Cook’s Europe, in the magnificent setting of the Museum’s Great Court.

Presented in collaboration with Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival.

Eric Avery is a Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Bandjalang and Gumbangirr artist. As part of his practice, Eric plays the violin, dances and composes music. Working with his family’s traditional language and custodial songs, he seeks to revive and continue this age-old legacy, creating new experiences of his people’s culture for the world.

An avid violinist, Eric started learning classical music ‘by ear’ when he was 11 and continued to train at the Australian Institute of Music. He combines his skills on the violin to perform classical music and create new contemporary music expressing his Koori (NSW Aboriginal) heritage. Eric recently performed at Parliament House in Canberra to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the building.


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Eric Avery. Photo: Border Crossings.