Mission Songs Project

Produced by Performing Lines

One Night Only!
April 6, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Aki Studio

Cancelled until further notice.

Jessie Lloyd‘s profoundly moving and important Mission Songs Project reveals what daily was like for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians on Christian missions and state-run settlements. Through the discovery of rare secular songs that were sung after church, audiences can gain a deeper understanding about the history of elders, families and communities, from cultural identity to love and loss. 

Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive contemporary Australian Indigenous songs from 1900 to 1999, focusing on the Christian missions, state-run settlements, and native camps where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were relocated. Searching for the secular songs that were sung after church, Mission Songs Project looks to explore the day to day life of the mission days. These unique songs consist of almost forgotten stories that can now shed light into the history of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait elders, families, and communities. 

Mission Songs Projects faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous Australian music as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary, revealing the continuation of cultural practice and song traditions into the 21st Century.

Creator Jessie Lloyd
Featuring Tameke Legendre, Kamahi Djordan King, and Ursula Yovich
Produced by Performing Lines

L-R: Monica Weightman, Karrina Nolan, Jessie Lloyd & Robert Champion

“…profoundly moving…the entire collection is sublime.
– Stephen Fitzpatrick, The Australian


Monday April 6 |  7:30 PM


General  |  $25

Performing Lines produces provocative contemporary performance by Australia’s most audacious independent artists. 

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A Performing Lines Presentation. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.