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June 2011

The socially innovative intergenerational digital story telling project  ‘Looking Back to The Future’  delivered  in partnership with Nambucca Valley Community Services Council and funded through the Australian Government ‘s  Department of Health & Ageing has been completed with an exhibition of digital stories and portraits .

The exhibition was opened by the Mayor and   Uncle Thomas Kelly (officially acknowledged as the oldest Aboriginal man in NSW) who welcomed the participants, their families  and the audience. 

The exhibition is now on display at the Regional libraries where the digital stories DVD will be archived.

Since the exhibition, over 650 people have viewed the exhibition and been provided with information about the challenges of ageing.

Thank you to the participant and their families, Aboriginal Aged Care, United Care, Nambucca Valley TAFE Macksville Campus, Nambucca Valley Youth Services, the Macleay Argus, NBN news, Macksville Retrovision, Miimi Aboriginal Corporation,  Muurrbay  Language Centre, Nambucca  Heads Aboriginal Land Council , Gumbayngirr Artists  Valerie Quinlin, Lisa Jarrett and Taleena Wright

Story Tellers. Warren Buchanan &  family                                    Marilyn Smith & family

Several of the stories can be viewed online at SlipprySirkusMedia\

The Flow project across the Macleay Valley continues with workshops put on hold over June as the torrential rains turned the ‘Flow’  project into the ‘Flood’ project...The month has provided many new  river stories as residents of the Macleay Valley endured major inundation that flooded the region and closed the Pacific highway for several days.

Digital media artist & music producer , Yanni Scott Davis arrives in Berlin early July and will work on a collaboration  with  percussionist Tayfun Schulzke  & choreographer Dianne Busuttil.


‘Silent Screams ’produced & published through Griffith Press and the University,   these publications  feature the best of social documentation & photo journalism from across the globe .

Raphaela Rosella (Rosie) photographer/digital media artist collaborated on the production.      
Alaistar & crew                                                                   Walking with Spirits

Slippry Sirkus heads off to the Northern Territory  in July,  to the community of  Wugularr (Beswick) in Central Arnhem to work with Djilpin Arts & the Australian Shakespeare Company  for the tenth anniversary of   ‘Walking with Spirits’ festival .

‘WALKING WITH SPIRITS’  is  Wugularr (Beswick) Community’s annual open cultural celebration. Held 20 kms from the Community at the spectacular wilderness location and  sacred waterfall site ‘Malkgulumbu’  featuring  traditional corroboree from several Arnhem Land languages together with songs and stories told in dance, music, puppetry, fire and film.

This Month’s featured Artist:

Percussionist    Tayfun Schulzke
Tayfun plays a wide spectrum of percussion instruments like Conga, Djembe, Cajon, Darabuka, Udu and Tabla. Tayfun Schulzke studied african rhythms and expanded his skills to Indian Tabla (with Prof. Sankha Chatterjee / Kalkutta) and cuban Conga (Rumba with J.A. Mehnert).

Besides his studio work, TV appearances and stage acting he can be found on several festival sites. He played Club'n'Global Groove with ethnodelic Hip-Hop, Drum`n´Bass Combo Culture Clash, is laying down the beats for Party-series respect.brazil and the concert / party legend live.demo, worked as guest for the Seeed Album "New Dubby Conquerors", winners of ECHO award and with Herbert Grönemeyer at the opening ceremony of FIFA Worldcup 2006. Tayfun accompanied Die Happy, Culcha Candela, Pushkin Boom Beat, Jan Delay, Patrice, Kurtis Blow and many more. Since 2001, he is endorser for the Pulse Percussion company and is one of the Cross Culture Music founders.



'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