Public Lecture

Waabarangara! Invigorating a community of speakers via performance

Although the challenges inherent to language revitalisation remain, the International Decade of Indigenous Languages begins amid increasing engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages across Australia. As a pronounced example, the Australian census recorded a 200% surge in people identifying as speakers of the Noongar language of Western Australia’s southwest between 2016-2021. Between 2019 and 2021, Noongar performers led the production of ground-breaking Noongar-language theatre, dubbed television and film projects, and opera. 2022 saw the premiere of Noongar Wonderland, an interactive multisensory experience featuring Noongar song and dance. These projects increased awareness of the language but more importantly coalesced around the development of a burgeoning Noongar-speaking creative collective. Drawing on Noongar language revitalisation efforts sustained since the 1980s and over a decade of research and collaboration, this public lecture will discuss two world-first for languages of Australia, Hecate (2020), and Fist of Fury Noongar Daa (2021).


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Time: 6.00 - 8.00pm

Arrival from 5:00pm for reception.

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Clint Bracknell

Clint Bracknell

Clint Bracknell is a Noongar musician, ethnomusicologist, and Professor of Indigenous Languages at the University of Queensland, who leads a program of Australian Research Council (ARC) funded work including a project to revitalise the song traditions of the Noongar language of South Western Australia. He serves as Deputy Chair of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University