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Darren Ball

In 2011, after achieving the rank of Fudoshin Master, the rank of 5th Dan, and being awarded the title of Shihan (Model Teacher), Darren Ball formed the Yamagawa Budo in Melbourne, an official branch of the Fudoshin Ryu. Darren was on the mat, training in classes from 3 years old. Since that time, he has […]

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Majeda Beatty

Taking you on a journey of Australia’s First Nation dreamtime through an interactive and vibrant experience, Majeda Beatty presents both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures as well as sharing her perspective on being an indigenous millennial woman. She believes in the importance of cultural pride and carrying on past traditions as well as moving […]

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Shyamla

Shyamla is an accomplished Performing Artist, Choreographer and Teacher with three decades of dance experience and a Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law. Shyamla has taught at renowned studios throughout Australia and abroad (Sydney Dance Company, Ettingshausens, Dance Attic UK) and specialises in cultural dance (Hip Hop, Bollywood, Traditional Indian and Brazilian Samba), having […]

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Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee is a Japanese koto (zither) performer and teacher based in Melbourne. He has acquired both classical and contemporary repertoire, and also collaborates with musicians of various musical and cultural background. Apprenticed to the legendary Kazue Sawai in Tokyo, he ranked 2nd in Japan for the Sawai Koto School’s instructor’s examination. Since returning, he […]

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Jamel Singh & Dheeraj Shrestha

Jamel Kaur Singh studied Classical South Indian, Barathanatium Dance since the age of 6 and has travelled to Singapore to further her studies in North Indian Kathak dance and Classical Indian vocal music and tabla. Her upbringing in Punjabi folk dance, Bhangra, and interest in modern forms of dance such as hip-hop and Latin allows […]

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Gabrielle Wang

Gabrielle Wang is an award winning author and illustrator of junior fiction and Young Adult novels. She was born in Melbourne of Chinese heritage. As a result, Gabrielle’s novels are a blend of both Australian and Chinese culture with a touch of fantasy. Her first novel The Garden of Empress Cassia, won the 2002 Aurealis […]

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Anne Norman & Toshi Sakamoto

Toshinori Sakamoto is a master TAIKO drummer. He has founded RINDO DAIKO in Kyushu as well as several Taiko teams in Melbourne since settling here in ’95. He performs regularly in Festivals and schools throughout Australia and Japan. Anne Norman is a highly acclaimed musician and composer who took up the shakuhachi in 1986 while […]

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Vardos

Driven by Alana’s wild violin, chased by accordion and double bass, Vardos have been performing in Australia and internationally for over ten years. Vardos learnt to play this beautiful music in Hungarian folk music schools and remote Transylvanian villages. They have also learnt irresistible songs and infectious dances which are energetic and fun. Alana tells […]

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WALA

When the power of percussion meets dazzling vocal harmony in the dance of life. A dynamic fusion of drumming, dance, percussion and soaring vocal harmonies. Three passionate, exuberant and talented performers present audiences with an exciting display of Ghanaian culture. Odai: To see Wala’s spirited lead-vocalist Odai perform is to witness a genuine love of […]

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Singh Sisters

The three Singh sisters, Jamel, Harsel and Parvyn, were brought up dancing and singing on stage with their father Dya Singh. They have travelled around the world and bring their excitement and experience to each performance. Presentations and performances are available either solo or duo (two of the three sisters, or one accompanied by a […]

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