The Gala will raise funds for the City of Yarra’s Stolen Generations Marker project. This important monument is intended to honour the struggles of the Stolen Generations as well as acknowledge the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, communities, clans and groups who seek to heal from the past. The artist commissioned to create the Marker will be announced at the Gala.
“The Reconciliation Gala will feature a selection of Australia’s most prominent comedians, and promotes the recognition of Australia’s Stolen Generations,” says Malthouse Theatre Associate Producer, Jason Tamiru. “The event also presents Melbourne audiences with an alternative to throwing a lamb on the barbie on one of our most controversial public holidays.”
Joining MCs Uncle Jack Charles and Judith Lucy are an all-star line up of Australian music and comedy, including Wil Anderson, Tom Ballard, Anne Edmonds, Hannah Gadsby, Shiralee Hood, Kevin Kropinyeri, Bunna Lawrie, Perfect Tripod (Eddie Perfect and Tripod), Dane Simpson, Nelly Thomas, and the Koori Youth Will Shake Spears dance group.
The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (located next door), will be open from 11.00am for ticket holders to view the exhibition Sovereignty before the Gala. Sovereignty focuses upon contemporary art of First Nations peoples of South-East Australia, alongside keynote historical works, to explore culturally and linguistically diverse narratives of self-determination, identity, sovereignty and resistance.
Reconciliation Comedy Gala
Merlyn Theatre – The Coopers Malthouse, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank
Performance: Thursday 26 January 2017 – 2.30pm (sold out – some tickets maybe available at the door)
Information and Bookings: www.malthousetheatre.com.au
Image: Eddie Perfect, Tripod and Uncle Jack Charles (supplied)