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Magabala Books is a recognised producer of quality Indigenous Australian literature with many titles receiving accolades in prestigious national awards. Magabala Books is funded as a key organisation by the Department of Culture and the Arts (Government of Western Australia) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council.
Magabala Books became an independent Aboriginal Corporation in March 1990, with the objective of restoring, preserving and maintaining Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander cultures by:
Recording, promoting and publishing a body of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander cultures.
Assisting and encouraging people to pass on their history.
Making the wider community aware of the wealth of their tradition and culture.
Protection and education in matters of copyright.
Promoting acknowledgment of and respect for Indigenous culture through the use of published works and through electronic media.
Providing employment and training for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander people.
The Board recognises that it is crucial to grow the business of Magabala Books to increase commercial viability so that we can support the social and cultural objectives of the organisation. We have identified the tourism market as an area that has an unmet need for quality Indigenous product that can be supplied by Magabala Books using existing artistic collateral. This may include merchandising or product diversification using the books that Magabala produces as the basis for product development.
Developing partnerships and linkages with other Indigenous businesses and organisations, Magabala Books aims to establish a commercially viable venture designed to create economic and employment opportunities for Indigenous people, both in the Kimberley region and across Australia.
The objectives of the project are to:
Develop the business of Magabala Books Aboriginal Corporation to ensure commercial viability.
Increase sales of Indigenous products to the tourism market.
Develop new Indigenous products using existing and new artistic collateral.
Increase economic benefits for Indigenous people.
Increase markets for all Magabala products.
Skills development for Indigenous people.
Increased sustainability to support the social and cultural objectives of preservation, promotion and transmission of Indigenous culture.
Magabala's Indigenous Publishing Policy
Magabala Books publishes works which have major Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or South Sea Islander involvement. This requires an Indigenous author, editor or illustrator. From our home in Broome in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, we provide publishing services and advice for Indigenous people throughout Australia. Magabala Books has a policy of using illustrations by Indigenous artists for its publications.
Magabala ... spreading the seeds of our culture
Magabala is the Nyul Nyul, Nyangumarta, Karrajari and Yawuru traditional language word for the bush banana found on the west Kimberley coast. When young it is green, moist and sweet, up to 8cm in length and best collected during or just after the wet season (January – March). Every part can be eaten — the skin, green seeds and pulp. Later the fruit hardens and dries, in preparation for the dispersal of its many seeds with their spectacular parasol-shaped aerofoils.
Like the bush banana, our organisation spreads the seeds of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander cultures, publishing and promoting Indigenous literature in Australia and throughout the world.
Marrugeku pursues powerful new forms of cultural knowledge and the survival, preservation and growth of Indigenous story, dance and language through the making of new intercultural performance work.
- Type:Local Focus
- Local Clubs:Arts
- Arts:Performing Arts,Aboriginal,Dance
Marrugeku is an unparalled presence in Australia today, dedicated to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians working together to develop new dance languages that are restless, transformative and unwavering.
Marrugeku is led by co-artistic directors: choreographer/dancer Dalisa Pigram and director/dramaturg Rachael Swain. Working together for 23 years, they co-conceive and facilitate Marrugeku’s productions and research laboratories, introducing audiences to the unique and potent structures of Indigenous knowledge systems and the compelling experience of intercultural performance. Marrugeku’s performers come from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, collaborating to co-create each production.
Theatre Kimberley is a highly respected, vibrant and energetic regional community arts organisation, based in Broome.
- Type:Volunteer,Charity,Local Focus
- Local Clubs:Arts
- Charity:Family,Local Community,Youth Welfare
- Employees (FTE):-
- Arts:Performing Arts,Youth
Theatre Kimberley has been providing a range of opportunities that enrich and create a sense of wellbeing through community engagement, for over sixteen years in the region. Community cultural development practices are at the core of all the organisation’s undertakings, and these also capture the unique environment and artistic inspiration of the communities in which Theatre Kimberley exists. Theatre Kimberley’s specific objectives are to:
- Promote resource and develop performance theatre from the Kimberley for the Kimberley and Australia
- Foster and encourage training and professional development for communities in all aspects of theatre-based practice
- Develop collaborative creative partnerships
- Support social and academic learning programmes throughout the community
Theatre Kimberley’s excellent standing amongst the arts and community sectors alike reflects the organisation’s history of quality theatrical endeavours, the scale of productions and breadth of community engagement not matched by any other organisation in the North West, as well as assisting in the establishment of many local artists emerging careers. A social and emotional connection is created with Theatre Kimberley performers and participants who use these projects as a ‘spring board’ for many future theatre training and work, whether in the region, interstate and overseas. Theatre Kimberley offers training and career pathways to artists and facilitates wider understanding of the important role arts plays in making the Kimberley a great place to live. Theatre Kimberley works across ages and cultures. A whole-of-community approach includes extensive work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the region.
There has also been a particular focus in the organisation on developing youth programmes as well. Operating under the umbrella of Theatre Kimberley, Sandfly Circus was begun over ten years ago, providing opportunities for involving children and young people through its classes and community performances. Sandflies is currently made up of approximately 80 children and young people participating across four regular weekly classes. Sandfly Circus students work with a cohort of local trainers in Broome, and the skills of local trainers are often supplement by visiting artists in residence from other places, who are professional circus performers with a demonstrated record. There is one major Sandfly show each year along with smaller performances and workshops in the communities.
Sandflies addresses a number of needs in the local region. Importantly this includes reducing inequalities in access to programmes that enhance skill sharing and essential tools and that may assist young people to make healthy and creative life choices. Participating younger people also gain a chance to share respect and ideas, and to learn from older members through informal peer tutoring. In addition, and as above, young Sandflies are continued to be supported in their entry to further education and/or employment in the arts.