First Nations artists singing while sitting on stage

Alfred Hook Lecture: Renewing Aboriginal Songlines in New South Wales

Thursday 5 October 2023
Join our panel of four Indigenous scholars—Jesse Hodgetts, Nardi Simpson, Jacinta Tobin, and Jakelin Troy—for an Alfred Hook Lecture discussing innovative approaches to the renewal of songlines across different parts of NSW.

This panel discussion brings together innovators in renewing song practices from around NSW across Dharug, Ngarigu, Ngiyampaa, Wiradjuri, and Yuwaalaraay language groups. In their work on song renewal, the panellists draw on historical sources, living memories in community, attentiveness to the sounds of Country, and shared knowledges to reawaken language and song practices disrupted by colonisation. The panellists will bring their musical and linguistic expertise to this public discussion of lessons learned and ways forward for song renewal. They are at the forefront of reconnection with songs that have been sung for millennia in the place now known as New South Wales.

The panel is supported by the ARC Discovery Project ‘Hearing the Music of Early NSW’.

Location and dates

Venue: Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Online attendance option also available

Time: Thursday 5 October 7:00pm

Approximate running time: 75 minutes, followed by a social event.  

Register to attend in-person via the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Box Office.


Photo by Peter Hislop