Ruthless Jabiru: The Past at the Australia Cultural Fund

Ruthless Jabiru’s forthcoming project The Past is now registered with the Australia Cultural Fund, allowing supporters to make tax-deductible donations towards the orchestra’s work. Support is welcome at any level by lodging a donation either online or by cheque, nominating Ruthless Jabiru as the preferred recipient. The Australia Cultural Fund, a subsidiary of Creative Partnerships Australia, has been assisting arts practitioners and bringing tax benefits to donors since 2003, with 100% of donations raised benefiting the registered artists.

Ruthless Jabiru will perform at Kings College London for the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts on 31 May. Booking for the event is now open at the festival website.

Demand attention

Urban portraits by Melbourne artist Adnate will be the face of Ruthless Jabiru’s homage to Oodgeroo Noonuccal at the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts this month in London, an echo of Oodgeroo’s line ‘the past is all around us’. Paying tribute to local indigenous communities has been a theme of his street art for many years and it is with pleasure that we welcome Adnate to the project.

Earlier this year Adnate was commissioned to paint a 23-metre high portrait of an Indigenous boy from the northern suburbs in Melbourne’s city centre. The gaze of the boy is looking directly towards Birrarung Marr, an important Aboriginal site, with the intention to connect the two locations. “Melbourne is a significant site for Indigenous culture and history, particularly the CBD,” he says. “A 23-metre high portrait is a great way to represent and empower.”

Adnate’s solo gallery show Beyond the Lands opened last week at Metro Callery in Melbourne and will run until early June. He is described as having transcended his origins as a graffiti artist, combining close studies of his subjects with skills learned on the street using aerosol and acrylic paints.

Ruthless Jabiru will perform at Kings College London for the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts on 31 May. Booking for the event is now open at the festival website.

Westfield to join Ruthless Jabiru as Associate Sponsor

Global retail giant Westfield is to join Ruthless Jabiru as an Associate Sponsor of the orchestra’s appearance at the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts. As part of a wide entertainment and leisure offer, Westfield is a keen supporter of arts and culture in London, regularly playing host to cultural and musical events at its London centres and supporting both local and international artists. The recently established Westfield Presents platforms further secure the centres as a high profile destination for events and celebrity performances.

Myf Ryan, Director of Marketing for UK & Europe said: “Westfield, as a long term supporter of music and culture in London, is delighted to support Ruthless Jabiru through their performance at the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts. We are also incredibly proud of our support for aspiring and established artists on our Westfield Presents stages and we look forward to welcoming Ruthless Jabiru to that platform.”

Ruthless Jabiru will perform at Kings College London for the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts on 31 May. Booking for the event is now open at the festival website.