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WA Museum to partner with Yirra Yaakin

27 Nov 2012

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today announced a new three-year partnership between the Western Australian Museum and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.

Mr Day said the partnership was a significant collaboration that aimed to celebrate the contemporary living culture and heritage of Aboriginal people.

"The State Government acknowledges that strong and diverse stories of traditional owners are vital in sharing the story of WA," he said.

"Through this partnership, visitors to the museum will be able to experience Western Australian Aboriginal culture and gain a greater appreciation of our shared identity and history."

The program will include storytelling, workshops and holiday performances based on repertoire such as Shakespeare Sonnets in Noongar Language and the recent AWESOME Children's Festival hit, Kaarla Kaatijin.

The company's sonnets had their world premiere earlier this year as part of London's Cultural Olympiad at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.It was the first time Shakespeare was performed in Aboriginal language and Aboriginal actors had appeared on the Globe's stage.

The Minister said Yirra Yaakin's residency at the museum would be from 2013 until 2015.

"Yirra Yaakin's performances at the museum will build on the company's recent national and international success, giving locals and visitors to our State access to outstanding contemporary Aboriginal theatre and living culture," he said.

"The museum is a unique space for Aboriginal voices to be heard and a place where we all can reflect on our own identity and our collective past and future."

More information available from the  Yirra Yaakin and WA Museum websites