Drumming their way to the international stage

seqicc-blog-nancy1Black Drum Productions Pty Ltd is a Brisbane-based events company, that was recently catapulted from local Festivals such as QPAC’s Clancestry, and into the international cultural events scene with its recent collaboration with the renowned Bangarra Dance Theatre for the 2014 G20 Summit.

The Welcome to Country performance for the Summit included elder and well-known singer Maroochy Barambah and local dance groups – Aboriginal dance group Nunukul Yuggera, and Torres Strait Islander dance group Malu Kiai Mura Buai.

Black Drum Productions played a large role in the G20 Cultural Celebrations, and pride itself in producing programs with cultural integrity. Nancy Bamaga, of BDP said,

It was an honour to work on the G20 Summit. Working with local artists to showcase our Australian Indigenous culture and talent to the world has been one of the highlights of our year.

This small one-woman enterprise, is clearly ready to take on the world!


Weaving cultures and building businesses


If you were in Brisbane anytime of the past few months, you definitely could not have said “Gilimbaa, I’ve never seen any of their work”. This hard-working and talented team’s signature style has adorned Brisbane’s cityscape in readiness for this significant international event.

The G20 logo was designed by Gilimba with the artwork created by Indigenous artist Riki Salam. The logo represents a weaving together of nations, a gathering of leaders and the journeys they will embark upon throughout 2013-14. The triangle shapes represent the members, invited guests and international organisations that attended the G20.

About the logo, Gilimba says,

The logo pays tribe to Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population and their ancient cultures. It is inspired by the traditional Torres Strait Islander weaving pattern of the Coconut Palm leaf. Connecting shapes, representing the Aboriginal Rainbow Serpent legend, form a track through the discussions and events of the host year and reflect the G20 journey. The weaving also forms a fish which represents the Dhari, a traditional Torres Strait Islander headdress. The fish is a reminder of the connection between people and the sea – the source of life and food. The colours represent the diverse landscape of Australia from red desert sands to golden beaches and lush tropic rain forests, and economic sectors such as resources, infrastructure and manufacturing.

Congratulations to Gilimbaa on an job well done. We look forward to seeing more great work from Amanda, David, Riki and the rest of the team well into the future.





Congratulations Carbon Media


Congratulations to Wayne Denning and Carbon Media. Carbon Media have been long time members of the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, with Wayne Denning a also a former board member.

Last week, Carbon Media received then 2014 Screen Producers of Australia Breakthrough Business Award at the Association’s ceremony at Crown Promenade in Melbourne. The award, is voted by an industry panel, and recognises a production company who has made a significant breakthrough. In early 2013, Carbon Media successfully pitched the concept of a mixed media clip 5 Kangaroos starring Indigenous Australian singer Jessica Mauboy to global television giant, Sesame Street for it’s iconic Letters and Numbers segment. The clip was the first to feature Indigenous Australian content in the show’s 44 years of airing in 120 countries. This initial success has led to additional creative projects with Sesame Street.

Carbon Media is the only Queensland recipient of the 2013 Screen Australia Enterprise Program.

Congratulations to Carbon Media on their continued excellence in business and Indigenous business.