A Spotlight on Indigenous Voices

A Spotlight on Indigenous Voices



3 Nov, Sun 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM


The Arts House, Chamber
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This session is in English


Annaliza Bakri


The world's indigenous communities face a diverse range of struggles ranging from cultural and linguistic preservation to the exploitation of natural resources. Some of the Festival's best international performers and spoken word poets take to the stage speaking to themes close to their hearts. Let their voices transport you to a place of wonder and discovery. 

This session is made possible with the assistance of the High Commission of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts and Pusaka.


Awarded as the recipient of The Royal Arts Gala Fund in 2016 by My Performing Arts Agency (MYPAA) in collaboration with National Department for Culture and Arts Malaysia. Nading Rhapsody billed as an Avant-Garde Borneo Indigenous-World Music ensemble, has represented Malaysia at various international arts involvements since 2012. Hitting twice at the renowned Rainforest World Music Festival in 2012 and 2014, making their way to international festival grounds throughout Malaysia, marking their Europe debut in 2016 for Tong Tong Fair in Netherlands, ASEAN Music Festival 2017 in Manila, Philippines and most recently OzAsia Festival 2018 in Adelaide, Australia.

Nading Rhapsody is featured in the following SWF event(s):

Melanie Mununggurr-Williams is a writer, poet, and the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam Champion. Melanie’s writing is often focused around family, place, and her identity as an Aboriginal woman. As a mother to a child with autism, Melanie is a great advocate for raising autism awareness and uses her poetry to do so. In April, 2018 Melanie had her story published in Anita Heiss’s anthology, Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia. She also won the 2018 Darwin Poetry Cup.

Melanie Mununggurr-Williams is featured in the following SWF event(s):

Métis performing artist Moe Clark draws from multilingual lyricism to create meaning rooted in personal legacy. She facilitates creative workshops, produces festivals, and mentors indigenous youth. With two albums of words and music, a bilingual book of poetry, multiple videos, and over 100 performances, her work is known worldwide.

Photo credit: Red Works Photography

Moe Clark is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Ajriani Asrul


Ajriani Asrul has a keen interest in international cultural exchanges and is passionate about bridging understanding between communities through the power of the arts. She marries her passion and interest through her work in a local non-profit organisation, where she curates initiatives which leverage the arts for social impact across borders.

Fris Okta Falma teaches at Vocational School in Padang and is a composer/keyboard player at Padang based DPlus band that infuses Minangkabau elements into its songs. He was composer for Minangkabau cultural troupes performing in Malaysia, Singapore and several ISI Padang Panjang's productions such as IKO ITEN SAGOHMAN and has performed at various musical festivals in West Sumatra including the famous Payakumbuh World Music. More recently, he was also involved as Music Director and Head of Production for ISI Padang Orchestra at the Opening for National Quran Reading competition (MTQ) in Pariaman in 2017. Fris also teaches children with disabilities at the Association for Parents of Children with Down Syndrome (POTADS) in Padang, West Sumatra.

Hafiz Rashid


Hafiz has been volunteering at the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC) as a museum docent for more than 5 years. Besides giving tours to the public, he has also helped to conduct Javanese and Bugis language workshops in conjunction with MHC’s special exhibitions. His research interests include learning about the history, culture, folklore and languages of the Malay Archipelago (Nusantara) with a special focus on textiles.


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