By Emily Iannello
Leading Aboriginal artists will perform at Drysdale on Sunday. They will appear in Blak Cabaret, featuring a range of comedy, poetry, musical and dance from 4pm at The Potato Shed.
Producer Jason Tamiru described the show as “funny, moving, heart-warming and very entertaining”.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people come from an oral history and Blak Cabaret plays to that strength,” he said.
“The established performers have been entertaining audiences for more than 30 years. Our emerging performers are continuing the story, forging their own footprints.”
Musicians on the bill include Kutcha Edwards, Black Elvis, Uncle Herb Pattern, Illana Atkinson, Peter Rotumah and Joe Geia.
Other artists include So You Think You Can Dance hip-hop dancer Nikki Ashby, comedian Kevin Kropinyeri, poet Dennis Fisher and actor Ian Michael.
The MC will be actor and director Kylie Belling, who appeared in feature film The Sapphires and television series Redfern Now.
VicHealth chief Jerril Rechter said Blak Cabaret, funded under VicHealth’s Arts about Us program, was top-class entertainment from Australia’s finest Aboriginal performers.
“It’s a funny and moving commentary about where we come from, who we are and, most importantly, a celebration of the richness and diversity of all Victorians.”