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Christine’s special show for the kids

Tuesday, 11th September, 2018

Christine Anu got students involved in learning her language and island culture. PICTURE: Myles Burt Christine Anu got students involved in learning her language and island culture. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

After headlining the Saturday night stretch of the Broken Heel Festival, Christine Anu held a gave a special performance for Aboriginal girls yesterday morning at the Regional Art Gallery. 

“I’ve been doing this particular show, touring to the schools, since February,” Ms Anu said. “I’ve been all over the length and breadth of Australia with this show.

“It gets a positive response from the kids, so it’s wonderful.”

The performance encompassed this year’s NAIDOC Theme ‘Because of Her, We Can’.

“I’ve kind of based the stories around things to do with relating to the women in the community,” she said. “Myself, women who have contributed to my storytelling and my stories. But also a bit of background to what I do.

“Music is a way we communicate to each other.

“You just try to connect with them, make jokes with them and play around.

“You get them dancing and learning the choreography and before you know it they’re excellent.”

Ms Anu also shares her Torres Strait Islander culture, geography and language throughout her talks and songs. Knowing most of the young students won’t recognise her, she enjoys the students’ reactions when she first starts singing. 

“Primarily these guys don’t know that I can sing,” Ms Anu said.

“Their parents or grandparents grew up with my music but not them.

“It’s a great exercise to kind of bridge that gap between their parents, me and this generation of music lovers to get them on board.”

Ms Anu also said she was surprised at the sheer size of the audiences at the Broken Heel Festival.

“It was more people than I was expecting,” she said. “I thought it was going to be like an intimate situation, but no, it was really amazing.”

Ms Anu said performing for school students after a fantastic weekend had topped off her trip to the Silver City.

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