TAFE NSW Eora Make Music Day 2020 celebrations go online

Photo by Gabriella Dinallo – courtesy of Eora Theatre.

Photo by Gabriella Dinallo – courtesy of Eora Theatre.

TAFE NSW Eora brings a vibrant First Nations sound to Make Music Day 2020 with four campuses streaming performances online. We spoke to the team at Eora to learn what they have planned for the day.

Why did TAFE NSW Eora choose to be involved in Make Music Day again this year?

Last year we had a successful Make Music Day 2019 performance at Central Station with Eora college, Mortuary station with Ultimo college. We saw Make Music Day 2020 as a great opportunity to ramp up the TAFE involvement to include colleges at Wollongong, Nirimba at Quakers Hill, and Newcastle. The COVID-19 Public Health Orders meant that we could pre-record online performances at Eora Theatre to turn into a mini music festival for the students at TAFE NSW.

What do you hope viewers will take from this performance?

TAFE NSW runs music courses all over the state. On Make Music Day, online viewers will get to see performers from a range of areas, backgrounds, and a range of ages performance styles at the Eora Theatre. Most importantly, there will be a variety of performers who haven’t been able to play publicly for many months, and will attack their performances with enthusiasm, and vigour. Viewers will also get to see the work of TAFE screen and media students who filmed and edited the performances.

How has Eora Theatre used the digital hub to stay connected to the community during these uncertain times?

Staying connected to community during COVID-19 was not without its challenges, but teachers and students alike showed their resilience and dedication during these uncertain times. Strong community ties and course delivery were maintained using many digital platforms, allowing students to stay engaged with their projects, and continue to successfully study online. With courses ranging from IPROWD, Mentoring, Cultural Arts, Photography and Music, Eora TAFE certainly embraced the rapid changes of the past few months in a positive way.

Why is music so important and powerful at this present moment?

In a period of isolation music has provided a way for people to connect. For musicians, music allows them to create, express themselves, listen, and collaborate. For everyone else staying at home, music has helped people get through what has been a difficult time. It has never been so important.

For more Make Music Day Australia events follow this link.

Image: By Gabriella Dinallo – courtesy of Eora Theatre.
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Published: 19 June 2020