First Nations poetry and art on show

Adelaide Festival Centre showcases First Nations poetry and art

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ART OF THE COUNTRY: A new online joint initiative is showcasing the poetry and art of First Nations creatives. Pictured: Beaver Lennon with his artwork, The Break of Dawn.

ART OF THE COUNTRY: A new online joint initiative is showcasing the poetry and art of First Nations creatives. Pictured: Beaver Lennon with his artwork, The Break of Dawn.

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The work of some of talented First Nations poets and artists is being showcased online.

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THE work of some of Australia's most talented First Nations poets and artists is being showcased online.

OUR WORDS: Spoken word from First Nations artists is an initiative of Adelaide Festival Centre and will run online until November 26.

The series will see eight poets share a collection of eight original poems, with new videos shared weekly on Facebook.

The series' creative producer Celia Coulthard said the aim of the initiative was to share the words of these talented poets in their own voices and performance styles.

"Speaking on survival, history, truth and country, these stories are enriched with 60,000 years of continuous culture and distilled by 250 years of disruption and genocide," Celia said.

"As it always has been, it's time to listen."

The project was made possible with the help of a grant from the South Australian State Government.

The initiative will coincide with Celebrating OUR MOB 2020, a compilation of First Nations artworks which have been acquired by Adelaide Festival Centre.

OUR MOB is an annual exhibition that showcases works created by First Nations artists across South Australia.

For more information about OUR WORDS click here. For more information about Celebrating OUR MOB click here.

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