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A performing arts project began at Nyinkka Nyunyu to facilitate a range of cross-cultural community performances combining traditional and contemporary dance, music, theatre and visual arts to be showcased at the Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre in Tennant Creek.

The target groups are young people aged 14-19 years, marginalised young people and young people not enrolled in formal education but not excluding young people aged 12-25 years engaged in formal secondary or tertiary education. Potential youth groups include, Tennant Creek High School, Youth Development Unit, Tennant Creek Primary School, Barkly region Community Schools, Wang Kana- Kari Hostel.

Four community performances will be conducted by a variety of local, Northern Territory and interstate artists. Performances will coincide with local events including Youth Week, NAIDOC Week, the Desert Harmony Festival and the End of the School Year. Performances will be preceded by two weeks of workshops by visiting artists in residence. A cross cultural exchange program will be implemented for the visiting artists.

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The young people involved will be encouraged to undertake certificate level training whenever possible in relation to the performing arts. Potential certificate courses and modules include, dance and events management. The Nyinkka Nyunyu performance program will support young people to engage in any further education in the arts providing links to relevant training programs locally and interstate. Work experience and work placement can also be facilitated at Nyinkka Nyunyu for young people interested in careers in the arts.

Artists will be invited to engage in cultural education, bush trips, youth activities and local events. Artists will be billeted with local residents wherever possible. Some artists will also be available for additional workshops for community groups and schools outside the Nyinkka Nyunyu Performance program. A list of visiting artists with contacts will be provided to the Tennant Creek and Barkly community.

Contacts
Performance Manager - Patrick McCloskey 8962 2221
Email - performance@nyinkkanyunyu.com.au

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