Main Photo: Hilda Bert and Daphne Puntjina from Areyonga, with Marion Swift from Ntaria at Big Sing in the Desert, 2018. Photo by Amy Jean Harding.
Sharing culture and song
After a three-year break, Big Sing in the Desert is BACK in 2023 and we REALLY need your help to make it happen!
A unique four-day singing camp in the heart of Australia, Big Sing in the Desert is much loved by all who attend, providing an opportunity for musical and cultural sharing through song, dance, food, art, conversation and community.
In past years, people from across Australia have become sponsors to support First Nations singers to attend.
Your contribution of $50/$100/$200/$1,000 (or an amount of your choice) goes directly toward the costs of transport, accommodation and workshop expenses for singers from the Central Desert communities of Kaltukatjara (Docker River), Mutitjulu, Titjikala, Areyonga (Utju), Ntaria (Hermannsburg) and Mparntwe (Alice Springs).
Big Sing Incorporated‘s goal is to raise $40,000 before 20 April 2023. Can you help us to get our singers there?
A HUGE THANK YOU to all who have donated. We have hit our target of $40,000 but are still collecting to support more First Nations singers, so please continue to donate!
Peggy Gallagher from Areyonga, Judy Trigger and Rene Kulitja from Mutijulu, Sandra and Caroline Windy from Areyonga at Big Sing in the Desert, 2018.
What our sponsored singers have to say …
“When we get together for the music, the singing, it’s like healing.
That’s what I see.” – Gwen Inkamala, Ntaria NT, Big Sing in the Desert 2018.
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Donation to Big Sing Inc Public Fund – Sponsor an Indigenous Singer
How to donate
Big Sing in the Desert and the Sponsor a First Nations Singer program are activities of Big Sing Incorporated.
Use this form to donate $50/$100/$200/$1,000 or your amount of choice via PayPal/Credit Card, or to pledge and register an offline donation via EFT/Direct Deposit or Cheque.
If you choose to pay via PayPal or Credit Card you will be directed to the PayPal site where the transaction will be completed securely.
Where does your donation go?
When you donate to our Sponsor a First Nations Singer program, you are helping us to support Aboriginal singers from remote communities to experience Big Sing in the Desert firsthand.
Funds raised go directly toward the costs of transport, accommodation and workshop expenses for singers from the Central Desert communities.
Big Sing Incorporated is a registered charity with approved DGR status. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.
The Song Keepers
Many singers from the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir are regular participants at Big Sing in the Desert. This is made possible by our Sponsor a First Nations Singer programme. Members of the CAAWC have been invaluable teachers and leaders at every Big Sing in the Desert since it began in 2010. I am honoured to know them and work with them.
View the trailer for the beautiful documentary film The Song Keepers which tells the story of the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir’s tour to Germany with Morris Stuart in 2015.