Didgeri began in Brisbane in November, 2015, simply as a place to learn to play didgeridoo.
As what often happens when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people spend time together, it transformed, its still about didgeridoo, but its also a place for sharing stories, camaraderie, support, connections and talking about contemporary Indigenous Australian identity and an Indigenous Australian masculinity.
Didgeri uses didgeridoo as a tool to invite discussion around culture, identity and social-political history back-grounded in the knowledge that for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today, the thread or connection to country, culture, song, dance, language may be very thin or may have been severed by generations of segregation and assimilation policies of the past.
We often have children and grand-children of men attend, as a result Didgeri is very much an alcohol and drug free gathering.
Didgeri is not funded, it is simply a group of Aboriginal men who meet together to play didgeridoo in a park each two weeks. No one is court ordered to attend or expected to be at every Didgeri, yet we continue to have a core group of around eight men who attend regularly.
Although we would love to see you often, you come when you can. And although you are most welcome, if you have a little bit of trouble showing respect for others, or you are unable to show respect for older Aboriginal men, or, you insist that people around you have to simply accept your language and behaviour not often appropriate for a gathering such as this, then perhaps Didgeri Brisbane is not for you, and we wish you well on your life journey.
Contact details for Didgeri:
Ph: 0421 717 088 - Anthony