UKARIA honours our First Nations by fostering a shared sense of respect for this land, and we acknowledge and pay our respects to the Peramangk, traditional custodians of the land on which the Cultural Centre stands.



In December 2020, we announced that UKARIA had been successful in applying to be supported by the Australian Government's Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) program to produce Finding Our Voice: Australian Stories Through Music – an ambitious reimagining of the music festival for our time, our people and our place.

Supported by Ulrike Klein AO, the Berg Family Foundation, The Yulgilbar Foundation, The Aranday Foundation, Playking Foundation and Julie Kantor AO, Finding Our Voice creates a national network; commissions eight musical works and presents standalone live performances for audiences in eight locations worldwide. Central to the project is the recognition that music comes from many voices; that grassroots engagement and education have significant impact by building strong, vibrant communities. 

Finding Our Voice is also a digital festival, creating and sharing experiences, skills and resources online with diverse audiences and communities. Under the artistic direction of recorder virtuoso and sound artist Genevieve Lacey and working with partner venues across Australia, Finding Our Voice reflects the scope and vibrancy of modern Australian art music, encourage engagement from audiences and non-professional music makers, and will showcase new musical works by a host of the nation's most innovative creative practitioners.



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