Yidaki community programs

Yidaki: free community celebration 

Barra Band


When: Friday 3 March, from 6pm 
Where: South Australian Museum front lawns
Bookings: No bookings required - this is a FREE event

Celebrate the opening of Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia with a night of music, dance and film on the front lawn of the South Australian Museum. As the sun sets over Adelaide set up a picnic, grab some barramundi chips from the Warndu pop-up, pick up a cool drink from the Museum cafe and get ready to be transported to Arnhem Land, the home of the yidaki (didjeridu).

Djalu Gurruwiwi
Bärra Band
For one night only FREE entry to the Yidaki exhibition

For more information see here. 


The Sound of Australia: William Barton with the ASO

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When: Thursday 6 April, 7pm
Where: Adelaide Town Hall 
Bookings essential, members receive discount

William Barton - yidaki/didjeridu 
Luke Dollman - Conductor 
Stevie and Jamie Goldsmith - Kaurna welcome 
Luku Trembath - Digital projections

Ross Edwards - Tyalgum mantras 
Peter Sculthorpe - Kakadu 
Sean O'Boyle - Concerto for Didjeridu & Orchestra 
Matthew Hindson - Kalkadunga iii. Bleached Bones

The South Australian Museum and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra present

Yidaki (didjeridu) virtuoso William Barton returns to Adelaide for one night only, in celebration of the South Australian Museum’s exhibition Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia. The yidaki is the iconic sound of Australia. From the stringy bark scrub of its birthplace in Arnhem Land, to the concert halls of Europe, the sound of the yidaki speaks of the landscapes and culture of Australia and its First People.

 William Barton is internationally renowned for his unique fusion of traditional yidaki performance with classical forms, which has opened pathways for the understanding of his traditional culture across the world. His performance with the ASO will feature music which evokes the Australian landscape and highlights the rich musical culture of Aboriginal Australia.

This unique collaboration between the South Australian Museum and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will bring the sounds of the Museum’s Yidaki exhibition to life, alongside a stunning display in the Town Hall’s Mankurri-api Kuu (reconciliation room), a warm welcome onto Kaurna Country and a series of specially commissioned digital projections, bringing the song of the yidaki to life. The South Australian Museum and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra are proud to celebrate Adelaide’s designation as a UNESCO City of Music and this concert will support one of UNESCO’s main themes: protecting our heritage and fostering creativity.

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Accessible exhibition tours

Yidaki exhibition Auslan tours

When: Sunday 19 March, 2pm
Where: meet in the Museum’s main foyer
Booking: Auslan interpreted tours are free but bookings are required. Please contact Lara Torr at lara.torr@samuseum.sa.gov.au or text  0475940785 to reserve your place

Deaf visitors are invited to attend an Auslan interpreted tour of the Museum’s exhibition Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia. The exhibition features a special vibrating floor, allowing visitors to feel the rhythyms of the didjerdu and the tour will include a didjeridu performance by Kaurna man Jamie Goldsmith.


Yidaki audio described and tactile tour

When: Saturday 18 March, 2pm
Where: meet in the Museum’s main foyer
Booking: The tour is free but bookings are required. Please contact Lara Torr at lara.torr@samuseum.sa.gov.au or on 8207 7392 to reserve your place.

Blind and vision impaired visitors are invited to attend an audio described, tactile tour of the Museum’s exhibition Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia. The exhibition features a rich soundscape and the tour will feature a range of objects which visitors can handle.


Sprigg lecture with Aaron Corn

 Aaron Corn

The Didjeridu: an Australian icon
When: Tuesday 28 March, 6pm (complimentary drinks will be served from 5:30pm)
Where: Pacific Cultures Gallery
Tickets: This is a free event however advance booking is recommended. Admission to the Yidaki exhibition can be purchased on the night (admission is free for Museum Members) and the exhibition will be open from 5:30pm until 8pm.

Steeped in Australia’s rich heritage of Indigenous musical performance and innovation, the didjeridu has become a uniquely Australian icon, loved by enthusiasts and audiences around the world. Join Professor Aaron Corn in this techno-cultural exploration of the didjeridu from its roots in Aboriginal song traditions to the global stage.

Professor Aaron Corn is Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM) and National Centre for Aboriginal Language and Music Studies (NCALMS) at the University of Adelaide. He is an ethnomusicologist with more than two decades of experience working with Australian Indigenous communities on cultural survival initiatives, and has held multiple Australian Research Council grants and fellowships. He is the author of many publications on Indigenous music, heritage and knowledges, and has produced numerous tours and concerts for Indigenous performers at major venues and festivals.


Lunchtime talk with Alice Beale and Tom Pyrzakowski

Lunchtime talks

When: Thursday 6 April at 1pm
Where: meet in the Museum foyer
Bookings: not required for this event, however guests will need to purchase an exhibition ticket if they wish to view the exhibition.

How do you bring musical instruments back to life? This is the question that confronted Alice Beale, Senior Collection Manager – Anthropology, and Tom Pyrzakowski, Design Officer, when they were asked to investigate whether or not yidaki, collected over 100 years ago in Arnhem Land, could be taken from the Museum’s collections and played again.

Join Alice and Tom as they share the fascinating story of how the Museum’s instruments found their voices again.


April school holiday program: Arnhem Land adventure

April school holidays

When:  Monday 24 April – Friday 28 April (note limited programs on ANZAC Day public holiday, 25 April)
Where: throughout the Museum

During the April school holidays, kids are invited to explore Arnhem Land at the Museum! Get ready to journey to the Top End of Australia and discover to the music of the yidaki (didjeridu).

Recommended for ages 5-12

The full April program will be available online on 24 March.

The South Australian Museum gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Minister for Education and Child Development towards the 2016/17 School Holiday program.