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Queensland Museum hosts first major exploration of the yidaki

Djalu Gurruwiwi, Yolngu Elder and Yidaki master

Opening on Saturday November 30th, the exhibition Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia aims to change the way people view Australia’s most iconic musical instrument, yidaki (didjeridu) and Australian Aboriginal culture.

The ground-breaking project, Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia, will be on display at Queensland Museum. The family-friendly free event will be visible until March 29, 2020.

The exhibition is a joint initiative of Queensland Museum, the South Australian Museum as well as the Australian Musuem. It is believed to be the first major exploration of Australia’s musical emblem - the yidaki.

(L-R) Larry, Vernon and Adrian Gurruwiwi performing at the launch.
(L-R) Larry, Vernon and Adrian Gurruwiwi performing at the launch.
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The project aims to provide an immersive experience, which not only allows visitors to look at various didjeridus but hear and feel the sound as well as be transported to Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory – home of the Yolngu people and yidaki master Djalu Gurruwiwi.

In the sidelines of the launch of Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia, Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said the didjeridu is thousands of years old and synonymous with the Aboriginal culture  yet the instrument hasn't been fully explored.

“The exhibition will give visitors the chance to learn and experience what the yidaki means to the Yolngu people as well as gain an insight into their culture, which Gurruwiwi and his family have generously shared,” Dr Thompson said ahead of the official launch.

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