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Australia's Got Language

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leaf-iconAustralia's Got Language Talent Contest

On Wednesday 29th August the Puliima venue, William Angliss Conference Centre, was transformed into a performance arena, where the first ever Australia's Got Language Talent Contest was held, and what a fantastic night it was! The event was opened by the Urab Dancers from Poruma Island, TI and thier performance was just amazing.

Hosted by the Deadly Award Nominee Kutcha Edwards, one of Australia's most respected and engaging Aboriginal singer/songwriters, Australia's Got Language is an entertaining parody of a competition inspired by talent programs such as X Factor, Australia's Got Talent, Red Faces and Australian Idol showcasing Deadly Aboriginal Australian talents performing in Aboriginal Language, Aboriginal Music, Aboriginal Dancing, Aboriginal Singing and Aboriginal Poetry.

Our charasmatic and entertaining judges for the night were Leonard Miller from Far West Language Centre, Geoff Anderson from Parkes Wiradjuri Language Group, Vicki Couzens from Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages and Karina Lester from the South Australian Mobile Language Team. Audience participation was loud and proud and extremely encouraged. Each act was limited to 5 mins with bonus points awarded for creative entertaining uses of Aboriginal language in a live performance.

Delegates representing Nations around Australia and Torres Strait Islands include Yupangathi, Ngemba, Pitjantjatjara, Maratha, Katang, Wirangu, Gubi Gubbi, Wiradjuri, Yorta Yorta, Yolngu, Warlpiri, Yankunytjatjara, Wemba-Wemba, Anmatjere, Gamilaroi, Dhudhuroa, Ngarrindjerri, and Dharumbal.

Click here to view the Australia's Got Language Photo Gallery

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Image Credit Katherine Soutar

Special thank you's go to:

Urab Dancers for opening up the night with thier moving performance and Jacqui Allen from Miromaa ALTC for singing the National Anthem in Awabakal.

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Congratulations to:

Winner: Corey Theatre - Singer/songwriter, beautiful song performance

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2nd Prize: Jennifer Leauga from Lynfield College,
Maori song and Poi performance

3rd Prize: Andy Luckerman Peters and
David Wilfred from Ngukurr Language Centre

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 Other Deadly Participants:

Michelle Jacquelin-Furr and Brooke Joy
from Playful Beginnings Aboriginal Corporation

The QILAC Choir

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Iteka Bromley and Temana Bromley from
Inhaadi Adnyamathanha Language and Culture Class

Joy Bonner, Karina Barney and Ashleigh Clarke
from Korrawinga Aboriginal Corporation

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Dianne Appleby, Rebecca Youdale and
Gina Albert from Nyamba Buru Yawuru

Fay Stewart-Muir, Lyn Thompson and Mandy Nicholsan
from Victorian Aboriginal Corporatioon for Languages

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Image Credit Katherine Soutar