Photos: Kate Holmes


Throughout 2014 and 2015 NORPA is developing a major new dance theatre work about Bundjalung country.

NORPA has invited the following artists to collaborate on The Gathering:

David Page (Bundjalung) Actor, musician and composer for Bangarra Dance Theatre,
Rhoda Roberts (Bundjalung) Sydney Opera House and Boomerang Festival Director,
Djon Mundine (Bundjalung) Curator and writer
Melissa Lucashenko (Bundjalung) Author and
Frances Rings (Kokatha) Choreographer and dancer with Bangarra Dance Theatre.

The Gathering aims to share Bundjalung culture and stories, strengthen local pride, and build the community’s national profile.


In November 2013 we invited the local community to come and meet the inspirational artists involved in the project, and join a conversation about storytelling, performance and fostering local pride in the Northern Rivers. Below is a snapshot of that afternoon, and the work in development.

In May 2014 NORPA held workshops for local performers as part of the development of Bundjalung Nghari. The workshops were led by choreographer Frances Rings (Bangarra Dance Theatre), hip hop artist Mitch King (Supafresh & NORPA) and Julian Louis (NORPA Artistic Director).


Partnerships include Arts NSW, the Australia Council for the Arts, Bundjalung Elders Council, The Regional Arts Fund and The Boomerang Festival.