Arts in the City / Jacket with a symbolic past

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The “Elcho Jacket”… designed by Yolngu philosopher, diplomat and leader, David Burrumarra.

Here’s HELEN MUSA’s weekly “Arts in the City” column…

THE Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies has recently unearthed from its huge collection a jacket designed by Yolngu philosopher, diplomat and leader, David Burrumarra. 

The “Elcho Jacket” represents the coming together of Yolngu and Balanda (black and white) law when, in 1978, then-Governor-General Sir Zelman Cowen visited Elcho (Galiwin’ku) Island to invest him with an MBE. Burrumarra insisted all visiting dignitaries, including Sir Zelman, dress in jackets designed by him especially for the event.

“The Mahi-Mahi,” by Rob Palmer… 2020 winner of the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

THE National Portrait Gallery has announced that it will make the 2021 edition of the National Photographic Portrait Prize bigger, longer and themed to reflect the experience of events this year, with a focus on the concept of “Living Memory”. The call for entries will open on December 1 and the augmented exhibition opens in July.

BRAHMS’ String Sextet no 2 in G major op 36, written in the midst of the composer’s infatuation with singer Agathe von Siebold, is the subject of Canberra Strings’ next concert, to be performed by Barbara Jane Gilby, Pip Thompson, Lucy Carrigy-Ryan, Jack Chenoweth, Samuel Payne and Julia Janiszewski. At Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest, 3pm, Sunday, November 1. Book at

“The Man Standing Next”… a feature of the Korean Film Festival.

THE 11th Korean Film Festival (October 29-November 5) returns with a free digital program of 18 feature films accessible at, including “The Man Standing Next”, a thriller observing the inner circle of President Park Chung-hee during the 40 days before his assassination As well, seven features from past festivals will be screened on SBS On Demand (November 1-8). 

A series of Monday lunchtime chats has been organised by singer Fleur Millar in the gardens of Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest. On October 26, “CityNews” art writer Anni Doyle Wawrzynczak speaks followed on November 2 by poet Luke Whitington and on November 9, heritage adviser Amy Jarvis. Each from 1pm-2pm. Book at or 0421 187688. 


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