| Izah Azahari |
THE Australian High Commission in Brunei Darussalam underscored its commitment to promoting cross-cultural connections through a visit to the Sultanate by a leading Australian Indigenous artiste, Matthew Doyle, who performed on Tuesday at The Collective Makerspace in Batu Bersurat as part of his trip here.
A Muruwari descendent from Sydney, Australia, Doyle has toured extensively in Australia and abroad including the United States, France, Italy and Japan. He performed at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and has recorded several CDs.
He was in the country from last Sunday to yesterday to share his culture with the locals.
The event began with a welcoming speech by Nicola Rosenblum, the Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, who said that Australia is committed to empowering indigenous people around the world to tell their stories and promote their culture.
“Aboriginal history dates back to more than 60,000 years. It is one of the most distinct, unique and diverse aspects of the Australian story. We are honoured to bring a small part of the world’s oldest continuous culture to Brunei,” she said.
The event continued with a performance by the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Gulingtangan Club which showcased a selection of contemporary songs played on the orchestra of traditional instruments prior to a performance by Matthew Doyle.
During his performance, Doyle played the didgeridoo, an iconic Aboriginal wind instrument made from hollow wood, and later performed together with the UBD Gulingtangan Club to end the show.
With the aim of promoting cross-cultural connections, Doyle conducted workshops with students at UBD and the International School Brunei, and visited the Eco Ponies Garden. He also performed at the Australian High Commissioner’s residence.
Doyle was invited to Brunei Darussalam by the Australian High Commission in Brunei Darussalam in support of the Brunei December Festival.