On the lands of The Kulin Nations, our fine city built. Each year in solidarity and recognition of a culture that existed here for thousands of year, Tanderrum, a ceremony of the five clans of the Central Kulin Nation, marks the beginning of what is unquestionably Australia’s premier arts event, Melbourne Festival. Having become over the past few years, a vital and public event, in times where Indigenous communities are still fighting for the same rights afforded to others. Tanderrum with sand, fire, leaves and bark makes a space, and it’s a space to be shared.
Jessi Lewis began writing about the arts in 2014, with Melbourne Arts Fashion, having continued to write for a number of publications, he launched The Melbourne Critique in September 2017. Lewis has also been creating performance and visual arts for 14 years both nationally and internationally. His work is never comfortable, always challenging the ideals of the mainstream. Through art he believes that bridges can be built between individuals and communities.
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