Yorta Yorta singer-songwriter, filmmaker and activist Allara Briggs Pattison understands the need for connection. Her 2019 documentary, Beautiful Sunshine, follows her efforts to connect with her grandfather and discover her own historical legacy of powerful Yorta Yorta activism. With her music—utilising loop station, double bass and other instruments to resonate fully formed emotive compositions with orchestral harmonies, natural beats, and earthy vocals—Allara honours the spirit, exploring themes of cultural connection to family, country, food, ceremony and sovereignty.
Having played with Archie Roach at the Sydney Opera House (the youngest onstage, at 22) and won the 2019 International Women’s Day First Peoples Emerging Artist Fellowship, Allara comes to MPavilion to lead a wonderful event exploring our December theme of ‘Connection: Instruments of Harmonious Living’. The event will be an opportunity to get real—with conversations at the end of each performance to have a yarn about how through collaboration, particularly in the arts, we can create a more harmonious and connected society through sharing. When First Nations voices and art is shared it opens up the opportunity for understanding, empathy and healing for people and Country through new connections with ‘the Mob’—join Allara to listen and share.