A slideshow capturing the friendships, fun and shared joy of singing
133 singers gathered at Ross River Resort for Big Sing in the Desert in 2019, not knowing at the time that COVID would pause these gatherings for the following two years. Aboriginal singers from Central Desert Communities shared songs and hymns from their communities in their languages, and Rachel Hore and co-tutor Morris Stuart shared and taught the group new songs. The Big Singers sang, learned and laughed (a lot!) together. Aboriginal singers came from the Central Desert communities – Areyonga, Alice Springs, Hermannsburg, Titjikala, Mutujulu and Docker River.
A special addition in 2019 was a group of Aboriginal singers from the Port Macquarie/Forster region of New South Wales – members of the Ngarrgan Mirrilyn (Morning Star) choir – who came to Big Sing in the Desert for the first time and shared their stories and language. They had such a great experience, they are excited to return to the desert when Big Sing in the Desert happens again.
Were you there? Share YOUR memories here.
Photo: On arrival, Big Singers are welcomed around the campfire.
Photographer credit: Liz Phillips