Sharing diversification between Ancient Cultures

Project Summary

28 August 2018

Sector: Building Cultural Understanding / Society and Culture

Country location: Australia, Japan

Grantee: Toowoomba Regional Council

Aboriginal performer positing for photo with two Japanese women
Wayne (Buddy) Hippi shares Aboriginal culture with Japanese students Misaki Kawamoto and Akari Muneta. Credit: University of Southern Queensland.

Project description

Up to four Aboriginal performers will travel to Toowoomba’s Sister City, Takatsuki, located between Osaka and Kyoto, to perform at official functions and carry out interactive educational workshops at schools during a five day visit sharing their ancient culture to enhance mutual understanding, friendship and respect with the Takatsuki community.

Through their experience with working with Japanese students, the performers have found ways to overcome language barriers through the action of dance and music to tell their story. Just like we all have a link to the earth in some way, there are also commonalities between the spiritual beliefs of Aboriginal people and Japanese people. Sharing these links will bring greater understanding and strength to the relationship.

The visit will conclude with a final event with the Aboriginal performers combining with the Takatsuki Daiko Drummers for a cross cultural performance showcasing the coming together of two cultures, cities and countries.

Key dates:

  • School Performance and Workshop, Takatsuki School, 09/11/2018
  • Aboriginal Performance at Agriculture and Forestry Festival, Takatsuki, 11/11/2018
  • School Performance and Workshop, Takatsuki School, 12/11/2018
  • Combined Performance with Aboriginal Performers and Takatsuki Daiko Drummers, Takatsuki, 12/11/2018
  • School Performance and Workshop, Takatsuki School, 13/11/2018

Social media: Toowoomba Region Facebook page -

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $10,000

Last Updated: 16 August 2018