There is increasing recognition of links between cultural practices, including singing, dancing, and other musical actions, and social and emotional wellbeing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The Symposium on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music and Wellbeing brings together musicians, performers, community leaders and researchers to increase recognition of the vital and diverse roles that music plays in social and emotional wellbeing and of community-led efforts to sustain musical traditions into the future. Improving knowledge of these links in the community and across disciplines is vital to a more inclusive and healthy Australia.

The Symposium is an initiative of the ARC Linkage Project 'Strategies for Sustaining Aboriginal Australian Song and Dance' in association with the 12th Annual Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance and the Australian Music and Psychology Society Music, Mind and Health Conference. The Symposium is hosted by the Faculty of VCA and MCM with the National Recording Project for Indigenous Performance in Australia and the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, with additional support from the University of Melbourne Engagement and Partnerships Office and the Melbourne Branch of Rotary.

Registration is free.

Symposium on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music and Wellbeing


Room/theatre: Kenneth Myer Building
Building: Melbourne Brain Centre
Address: Royal Parade, Parkville

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