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WATA in Conversation


Please note: WATA: In Conversation has been rescheduled from 18 February to 29 March.


Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe host
Paul Grabowsky AO
David Yipininy Wilfred
Daniel Ngukurr Boy Wilfred
Aviva Endean
Peter Knight

Wata: a Gathering for Manikay Performers, Improvising Soloists and Orchestra is a powerful new collaboration between MSO’s 2021 Composer in Residence, Paul Grabowsky AO, David Yipininy Wilfred, and his brother Daniel Ngukurr Boy Wilfred, which celebrates the ceremonial song cycles of the Wagilak people of northeastern Arnhem Land.

ABC Classic’s Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe hosts Grabowsky, the Wilfred brothers and members of the Australian Art Orchestra as they explore – through story, conversation and song – the culture, country and music of Wata.

Click here to learn more about our performances on 31 March and 1 April.

Presented in collaboration with the Australian Art Orchestra.

This event will be filmed with cameras in the auditorium.

Proudly presented by TarraWarra Estate.
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Proudly supported by City of Melbourne and Creative Victoria.
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