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Discovering the Didgeridoo

The South Australian Museum presents Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia, a special exhibition running until 16 July 2017. If you are interested in learning more about the Australian Aboriginal culture then this exhibition is a must see!

The iconic sound of Australia

The didgeridu (or didgeridoo) is the iconic sound of Australia. And after hearing it being played at the Lord Mayor’s Welcome for International Students at the start of the year I wanted to know all about it. It was fascinating!

Did you know…

That the didjeridu is a wind instrument developed by the indigenous Australians over 1,000 years ago and it’s still in use to celebrate their traditional music and culture today. This exhibition is about the Yolngu people’s instrument the Yidaki.

I was amazed to learn that didjeridus start out as the trunk of a eucalyptus tree, which has been hollowed out by termites.

Thunderbolts and Lightning

The exhibition feels very real – there are thunderstorms; strobe lighting effects strike like lightning around you. It’s not just about looking at objects as the exhibition lets you explore the icon and the Yolngu people’s life, their culture, speech and the stories they tell. There are sounds, moving images and some treasures from South Australia that have rarely been seen before.

I recommend that you slow down to hear, explore and feel the environment created by the exhibition; chill inside the cinema with a HD screen and nice quality sound through headphones. There are great short films about a series of yidaki and even playing the instrument in a classical jazz band.

Don’t miss it!

The South Australian Museum is a fantastic starting place to learn about Australia’s Aboriginal people but don’t miss this opportunity to get to know more about the didjeridu. It closes soon, on 16 July 2017.

Over to you

Do you love the sound of the didjeridu? Have you got a didjeridu story to share?

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