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National award for Moorambilla


LEC congratulates Moorambilla Voices and the Moorambilla Festival for recently receiving the National Award for Excellence in a Regional Area at the 2012 APRA/AMCOS Australian Music Centre Art Music Awards. This follows on from a highly successful year in terms of peer and industry recognition. In September 2011 the Moorambilla Festival received the NSW Regional Achievement and Community Award for Event and Tourism; and in November 2011 the festival also received the National Award at the Music Council of Australia Music In Communities Network Awards for Inspiring and Creative Partnerships.

The latest award recognised the partnerships with the community of Coonamble and wider region; Outback Arts; and the Ngemba Wailwan Artist collective. Here is what the judging panel had to say about the festival:

“This is a world class initiative, in the bush. It has developed from the bottom up – using the talents and resources of the region and amalgamating them with visiting artists, to create really meaningful opportunities for everyone involved. It is not often that you see young community members from rural and remote Australia given the opportunity to be at the heart of a cultural program this rich and diverse. Here, local stories and legends are told through music and visual art connecting with ancient Indigenous art forms of the Ngemba Wailwan people and Japanese drumming. ”

This is truly an extraordinary achievement for such a small arts organisation deeply committed to equity and musical excellence whilst serving the most remote communities in NSW.

Moorambilla Voices and Festival is about providing the highest possible standard in music education, workshop and performance opportunities regardless of financial or other circumstances. The program is about identifying, nurturing and celebrating music and artist capability, providing a platform for it to grow and be truly celebrated through the commissioning of new Australian Art Music. It is a tribute to the vision and passion of all those involved, composers, performers and of course the remarkable children as well as their communities and their administrative support staff. The program and festival is providing remote children and their communities in NSW the opportunity to work with Australia’s finest composers and musicians – a life changing experience for ALL involved!

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