BIG HART PROJECT 2005-2010
Ngapartji Ngapartji was an award winning cross cultural Big hART project based in Alice Springs and working across the APY Lands, SA. The project created an online language course, two touring theatre productions, over 75 short films, a television documentary and a campaign to establish a National Indigenous Languages Policy.
Conceived in 2004 based on research undertaken since 1999 Ngapartji Ngapartji was based on Arrernte country in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) from early 2005 – mid 2010.
Ngapartji Ngapartji had many layers involving language learning, teaching and maintenance, community development, crime prevention, cross cultural collaboration and creating new literacy training models as well as film, art, policy and theatre making.
The National Indigenous Languages Policy was launched in 2009 at Garma Festival.
Deadly Awards 2008 – Winner Most Outstanding Achievement in Film, TV and Theatre
Sydney Theatre Awards 2008 – Winner Best Lead Man Trevor Jamieson
Sydney Theatre Awards 2008 – Nominee Best Mainstage Production
Sydney Theatre Awards 2008 – Nominee Best Direction
NT Innovation Awards 2008 Finalist
2005 Melbourne International Arts Festival (Work-in-progress)
2006 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs (Developmental Showing)
2006 Melbourne International Arts Festival (World Premiere)
2006 Sydney Opera House (Language Show)
2007 Perth International Arts Festival
2007 The Dreaming Festival,(Language Show)
2007 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, (Language Show)
2008 Sydney Festival, Belvoir St Theatre
2008 Ernabella, (Open Air Community Showing)
2008 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
2011 International Community Arts Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands (Ngapartji One)
2012 Canberra, Canberra Theatre Centre (Ngapartji One)
Image: Sydney Festival 2008 Heidrun Lohr