Interesting Dancing & Painting Exchange Performance with Jeremy Donovan

Thursday, April 29, 2010

An art introduction on dancing and painting by an Australian aboriginal artist Jeremy Donovan was organized in the evening of 14 April, 2010 at National University of Art Education's main concert hall. Along with a number of diverse activities, the exchange performance was considered as one of the impressive presents donated to Hanoi on the occasion of its 1.000- year-anniversary.


Attending at the program were NUAE's leaders, lecturers as well as a great deal of students. On behalf of Australia embassy, Mr. Michael Hoy- the second Secretary of Australia embassy who is in charge of cultural affairs attended. Besides, there were press agencies.


Due to the lack of writing, Australian aboriginal people used to store and preserve their culture through music and paintings. Coming from the Kuku Yalanji tribe of far northern Queensland and the Gumbaynngirr tribe of northern New South Wales, Jeremy Donovan is the best- known artist for introducing the unique, distinctive Aboriginal culture to the world. With the Didgeridoo which is a type of flutes used by men only and can stimulate the sounds of mountains and wild animals, he has performed in numerous countries such as the U.S., Canada, Tahiti, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and so on. Also, he has performed with world famous artists like System of A Down, King Errison at music festivals and cultural events. At the exchange performance with NUAE, he made an introduction on the Didgeridoo and the way to play it. He also performed some aboriginal dances.

Jeremy Donovan playing the Didgeridoo


Not only being talented with music but Jeremy Donovan is an excellent painter/artist as well. His two recent art exhibitions have attracted great attention of the public because of his dynamic works using modern expression and deep-rooted traditional stories.  It is clearly seen from his paintings the aboriginal traditions and the tribal development which were shown impressively and uniquely by small dots representing the circular image on the sand caused by raindrops.

The artists and NUAE students performing an Australian aboriginal dance


Owing to music and paintings, Jeremy Donovan told the stories of his family and tribe. Thus, he has linked thousands of people in the world with the message:" Learn your culture and be proud of where you come from, and never forget the struggles the generations before us have faced! Do not blame others for your troubles or problems! You control your own destiny”


“Once in a 1.000 years: an Australian gift to Hanoi” is one of a series of cultural activities such as Balgo art exhibition, Aboriginal dancing performance, traditional dancing, the Didgeridoo Performance, Hip Hop, Beat Box and so on to introduce the beauty of Aboriginal culture as well as Australia to Vietnamese in general and Hanoi in particular.