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Year 2015


Spring 2014 to Spring 2015

Dhanggati guthun barri dhitiyn.

Nyinanhambu bitha, nyinanhambu warru, bukul, banduunggakayi

Dhanggati guthun barri dhitiyn.

Dhanggu barri dhitiyn.


This is Dhanggati country

.Our (all) river, our plains and hills, from the mountain to the coast.

This is Dhanggati country.

A  focused and creative time which commenced with Slippry Sirkus  in the role of creative producer for  the delivery of a community arts programs  and the Macleay River Festival which  an outstanding success that saw four  thousand attendance at the festival and a  social media reach over 8,000 people.

The Festival provided the opportunity to develop skills, build audiences and strengthen the creative industries in the region, while providing a showcase for organisations such as Saltwater Freshwater, Dlux Media, Macleay Youth Council, Macleay TAFE , schools , local & regional artists /musicians to showcase their talent with headlining acts  the Shane Howard Trio,  Cross cultural musicians Bakoomba and  comedian extraordinaire Joel Salom 

Slippry Sirkus would like to thank and acknowledge the project team of executive producer Olivia Parker, creative director Denni Scott Davis,   creative team Josh Thomason/StreetTV,  Lizzie Quinlan, Elwyn Toby,  Sam Taylor Zane Braun,,  Kymara Runchel-Fitzsummons, Claude Teyssier , Margrit  Rickenbach, Steven Donovan, Thelma Kelly, Travers Ross, Yukino McHugh and the festival crew  Nathan, , Jamie,  Deb,  Joe, Kellie, Adrienne, Karen & Lancelot, the Festival headliners Shane Howard (Goanna Band)and the Dunghutti Elders Group for their continued support.


The Many Faces of the Macleay Digital Mapping project was also featured as ‘Under One Roof’ a…. projection/soundscape installation 


November saw Slippry Sirkus heading for North West NSW and the Bingara Councils Mental Health Weeks  ‘Quirky Festival’.    Project crew was Hemlock Mejarne, Rena Wolbank, Kai Tipping & Sam Taylor who delivered workshops in circus, stop frame animation, puppetry and percussion to over one hundred young people across the region.

Across 2015, the focus has been on the ‘ Articipate’  Project for the Macleay Valley  funded by Arts NSW 

The twelve month arts project that provides opportunity, access and pathways to skills development and the creative industries through a series of arts based workshops programs and intensives for young people  and emerging artists .

During the year the young people of the Macleay Valley, have participated in arts programs in dance, digital media, visual arts and physical circus with


Interdisplinary artist Reko Rennie has been busy with a commission for the National Gallery,of Victoria,  a residency in Indonesia , exhibited at the Venice Biennale and still continues to find time to support Slippry Sirkus projects.


Big Shout Out to Raphaela Rosella who  has won one of the world’s most coveted photographic prizes.

The 26-year-old Queensland College of Art photography honours graduate was named the winner of the portrait category in the 2015 World Press Photo awards.

Raphaela was the only Australian finalist selected from the 97,912 entries submitted by 5,692 photographers from 131 countries..


The Cambodian Space Project Documentary was premiered at the Sydney Film Festival.                                                             

The documentary  follows the journey and impact of the Cambodian Space Project will be featured on BBC & ABC TV.


The Frugal Forest project continues to grow and flourish, for more news check out … http:/                


Imagineer  Nixi KIllick  NXK recently showed in Italy as one of’ Not Just A Label's world’s top 100 independent designers and Melbourne Fashion Week and has been invited to Berlin to show her designs                                          

Featured Artist.    Yukino McHugh

Yukino McHugh is a dancer/choreographer has just returned from six months training and performing in the U.S.A.,  was a finalist on the TV series ‘So You Think You Can Dance and has taught and performed across Australia, USA, Dubai & Japan. 


Yukino was born in Japan and moved to Sydney from the Gold Coast at 16 to study dance at the Brent Street Academy.

Yukino together with Travers Ross, cultural dancers Steven Donovan & Thelma Kelly  are part of the Creative Team for the  Slippry Sirkus   2016 project ‘Resonance’ that will combine interdisplinary dance styles, digital media   and art forms to  produce new creative works.                

'Handle With Care' Project

‘The Journey' shares insights from the young people from the sixteen communities who participated in this two year project.




Have a look at the images that capture some of  the many project highlights

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Media Comment


There has been very positive responses to our projects across a broad sector of the community

View samples here

Making Music

Listen to the songs created by the young people about the lives, their families and their communities.

Bourke Girls Track