Bran Nue Dae mural
The City of Subiaco partnered with West Australian Opera for a public art project that commemorates the thirtieth anniversary of one of Western Australia’s most historic stage productions, Bran Nue Dae.
About the production
Bran Nue Dae was the first Australian Aboriginal musical ever made and is a coming-of-age story that gives Indigenous voices centre stage. The production debuted in Broome in 1990 and played at Regal Theatre in 1993 as part of a successful national tour. It was adapted into a major motion picture in 2009.
To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary, West Australian Opera presented Bran Nue Dae for Perth Festival, at Regal Theatre, Subiaco from 6 to 15 February 2020.
About the artwork
This boldly coloured mural features the iconic blue skies and red dirt of the Broome landscape. It is intended to represent the symbolic journey of the characters, and the journey of the production over the past 30 years.
The artist has incorporated prominent motifs from the production like the turtle, dingo and red-winged parrot.
About the artist
Kambarni is a descendant of the Nimunburr and Yawuru people of the Kimberley and the Ballardong Noongar people of Perth. He is an emerging illustrator who reflects the natural world through his intricate designs. Using his artwork as a platform to share knowledge and educate others about Aboriginal culture, Kambarni was selected as Western Australia's Young Person of the Year in 2018.
Pictured: Artist Kambarni (top-middle) with cast members from the Bran Nue Dae production.
Top: Marcus Corowa, Kamsani Bin Salleh (Kambarni) and Teresa Moore
Bottom: Callan Purcell and Danielle Sibosado