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Image Credits: Jacqueline Mitelman Ruby Hunter 1996 (printed 2012) National Portrait Gallery of Australia © Jacqueline Mitelman

Celebrate Aunty Ruby Hunter’s talent and outstanding contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music with Proud, Proud Woman: A Ruby Hunter Tribute at Bondi Festival 2024 opening weekend. 

With support of Hunter’s family, Proud, Proud Woman: A Ruby Hunter Tribute will take place at Bondi Pavilion Theatre on July 6, to honour the legacy of Ruby Hunter. This special Bondi Festival event will showcase a lineup of exciting First Nations headline acts in collaboration with local musicians and singers, including award-winning artists Emily Wurramara and Dan Sultan. The concert will celebrate Hunter’s enduring legacy as a trailblazer for young First Nations artists wishing to pursue a career in music and the arts. Ruby Hunter first performed in public in 1988 during a festival at Sydney’s Bondi Pavilion, where she performed ‘Proud, Proud Woman’. With this year’s NAIDOC theme of ‘Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud’ the concert promises to launch NAIDOC week with a powerful homage to Hunter’s profound contributions to music and her ability to champion the rights of Aboriginal women and children through her songs. 

This National NAIDOC Week Activity is funded by the National Indigenous Australians Agency.

Artists performing at Proud, Proud Woman: A Ruby Hunter Tribute:

Dan Sultan, Emily Wurramara,  Earl Weir, Matilda Brown, John James, Dan Mac, Jack Moffitt, Michael Tramonte, Elliott Hammond and Walangari Karntawarra.

Meet Emily Wurramara:

A Warnindhilyagwa woman from Groote Eylandt, Emily Wurramara has spent most of her life growing up between Meanjin (Brisbane) and the Northern Territory. Writing and singing in both English and Anindilyakwa language, Wurramara’s music has added to a recent wave of contemporary Australian blues and roots music that has seamlessly brought the language of her people to new communities in a way that empowers and celebrates her culture. Emily has amassed over sixteen million streams on Spotify alone, as well as widespread Australia industry acclaim. As her profile and artistic journey flourished in the public space, Emily Wurramara has also been developing her interests in the space of advocacy; dedicating herself to championing important causes that need more awareness like mental health, youth suicide prevention and environmental issues.

Insta: @emilywurramara_

Meet Dan Sultan:

Dan Sultan is one of Australia’s most loved singer-songwriters boasting numerous accolades to his name, including 7 ARIA Awards, NIMA Awards, Top 5 ARIA-charting albums, and an ARIA-certified gold record. His 2023’s self-titled album ‘DAN SULTAN’ won the ARIA for ‘Best Adult Contemporary Album’ and was also nominated for ‘Best Solo Artist’ and ‘Best Independent Release’. Sultan has toured countless times playing headline shows to sold-out crowds, as well as supporting the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Midnight Oil, Vance Joy and billed on some of Australia’s biggest festivals, including Splendour in the Grass, Blues Festival and Falls Festival, to name a few.

Insta: @dansultanmusic

Times:

Saturday 6 July 7.30pm

Prices:

Full price: $42

Concessions: $35

Mob tix: $35 – please contact the team to access this ticket at: bondifestival@waverley.nsw.gov.au

Accessibility:

There are two entrances to Bondi Pavilion including entry via Bondi Beach front and Campbell Parade, both providing accessible entrances. You can find ramp access with mobility parking spaces at the front and rear of the building. There are two floors, the ground floor has full access with a lift to level 1 where you can find the bar, Theatre and Seagull Rooms. Accessible amenities are located on both the ground floor and level 1.

HEARING LOOP

A Hearing Loop emits a wireless signal, for those with a hear aid or cochlear implant processor can switch to the T Switch to receive this signal. Hearing Loop is available in the Theatre of the Bondi Pavillion.

COMPANION AND CARER CARDS

Bondi Festival supports the Companion Card program. For patrons who require the assistance of a companion or carer, a second ticket is issued at no cost to the Companion Card holder. These tickets are available directly through the online booking system, and the Companion Card holder must present their card at the Box Office.

ASSISTANCE ANIMALS

Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and assistance animals are welcome at all Bondi Festival events and venues.

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Time: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Dates: Saturday 6 July

Price: $35 - $42

Venue: Bondi Pavilion Theatre

Age Recommendation: All ages

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