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Tradition and ritual in contemporary society

Brought to you by Skinnyfish Music*, in conjunction with CDU & Monash University.
Presenter Dr. Lily Yulianti Farid and Dian Mega Safitri
Contact person
College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts
T: 8946 6482 E:
Location CDU Theatre, Orange Building 3, Casuarina campus
Open to CDU staff and students, Public

For many centuries Northern Australians have welcomed and traded with people from South East Asia, from countries including Indonesia.

Below are details of a special event to end a four-day visit and cultural exchange between Indonesia and Australia.

During this visit, guest artists and speakers who have travelled from Makassar in South Sulawesi, Indonesia will speak and perform in an exchange of contemporary minds and art forms.

Your attendance and contribution to an open discussion is invited.

Dr Lily Yulianti Farid and Dian Mega Safitri will present stories and songs from their Makassan perspective.


Address by: Dr. Lily Yulianti Farid
Researcher, Monash Indigenous Studies Center

Performance by: Dian Mega Safitri
Acoustic musical performance and address, including Q & A by this unique and talented artist.

Premiere of: “The Last Trepangers, A Brother from Afar”
An animation project.

Dr Lily Farid

Dr Lily Yulianti Farid is a published author and art event producer with expertise in cultural links between Australia and Indonesia. She is a postdoctoral research fellow at Global Encounters and First Nations Peoples, Monash University, Australia.

Dian Mega Safitri is a Duri descendant from Enrekang Regency, South Sulawesi). In 2021, Dian and her group t o d launched a single "Songkabala" (which means reject reinforcements). Among generations, a substantial number of ethnic groups in Indonesia, indigenous peoples, in particular, looked upon this type of interaction as commonplace. "Songkabala" is just one of the cultural wealth and diversity spread over South Sulawesi regions, specifically Takalar and Jeneponto. Communal work and a sense of companionship are ever-present in every tradition or ritual that is performed that also tends to be an art practice. Dian is currently working as a journalist at a private radio under one of Indonesia's national media group.

*Skinnyfish Music is a Darwin-Based arts and culture organisation who have worked in the cross-cultural and collaborative space for more than 20 years.

This event is supported by Makassar International Writers Festival, FSDUNM, Australia Indonesia Institute, Makko Mikki Comedy Club, Rumala & The Australian Government.

Download the flyer (PDF, 1.75 MB)

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