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The custody rate of young Indigenous people is 28 times higher than non-Indigenous

The Murru Concert opens the Melbourne Festival tonight, Federation Square

Posted on October 9, 2014

In an uplifting opening concert for this year’s Melbourne Festival, Big hART joins forces with a luminous range of talents – including Archie Roach, Lucky Oceans, Emma Donovan, John Bennett, Jae Laffer (the Panics) and many more – for a towering evening of song.

Combining breathtaking imagery from the Pilbara region with beautiful harmonies and arrangements co-written by inmates from the Roebourne prison, Murru is an exuberant and heartbreaking celebration of our country – a hymn to the land and its people, a remembrance of those we’ve lost and a paean of hope for the future.

Murru is a musical tribute to John Pat, the young Yindjibarndi man who died in custody thirty years ago, sparking a royal commission and shining a spotlight on the increasing rates of Indigenous incarceration in our country.

For more information, visit the Melbourne Festival website: https://www.melbournefestival.com.au/murru/#.VDbxldSh-aF

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