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.



Please join us at UKARIA for a showing of Nightfalls, celebrating Mark Atkins' unique gifts as a poet, storyteller, singer-songwriter and didgeridoo virtuoso in a semi-staged program imagined as a gathering around a campfire. Nightfalls features poems drawn from Mark's life, stories inspired by the Australian natural and cultural landscape, and tall tales of bushmen, travellers and other colourful characters.

Composer Erkki Veltheim, along with some of Australia’s best instrumentalists, has created an enchanting soundtrack which will combine with the live performance.

'This is a wonderful opportunity for me to celebrate and honour my Yamatji heritage through my contemporary practice,' Mark says. 'The best moments happen around the fire late at night under the stars... I'm really excited to share these histories, real and imagined.'

Nightfalls was commissioned by Tura with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts and Ulrike Klein AO. This showing is presented by Tura in association with UKARIA as part of Finding our Voice, which is supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative. Read more and book your free tickets at the link below.





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