Mission Songs Project

Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive contemporary Australian Indigenous songs from 1900 to 1999, focusing on the Christian missions, state-run settlements and native camps where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were relocated. Searching for the secular songs that were sung after church, Mission Songs Project looks to explore the day-to-day life of the mission days, from cultural identity to love and loss. These unique songs consist of almost-forgotten stories that can now shed light into the history of our Indigenous elders, families and communities. Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous Australian music as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary, revealing the continuation of cultural practice and song traditions into the 21st century. Mission Songs Project is made up of Deline Briscoe, Emma Councillor, Jessica Hitchcock and Jessie Lloyd.

Appearing in these sessions

Kim Scott: Opening Night GalaMore

25 August – 3 September