Act for Inclusion

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On Saturday 4 November 2017, alumni, students, friends, family and leaders gathered on UWA's Oak Lawn for a celebration and show of community commitment to inclusion

With amazing entertainment from Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, original music from the UWA School of Music, food trucks and plenty of room to spread picnic blankets while enjoying the sunshine, our first Act for Inclusion event had a fantastic atmosphere. Together we celebrated inclusion, show our UWA community's commitment to a better world and made a statement for change.  

If that wasn't already enough, attendees were encouraged to bring along items for Fair Game Australia [used sporting equipment in good shape], Save the Children [books for the fundraising book sale], Foodbank [non-perishable food items for families in need], or make a contribution towards UWA scholarships for disadvantaged students [you can do this online]. We are very proud of the contributions made during this event, with each collection point receiving fantastic items.

Thank you to all who came along and made a difference!

“Dripping with honeyed beauty and glowing with heartfelt warmth, this landmark album is a triumph. Singer-songwriter Gina Williams and guitarist Guy Ghouse have laid down an important stepping stone in what will hopefully be an irresistible and sustained renaissance in Noongar language and culture... 4.5 stars” - Stephen Bevis, Arts Editor, The West Australian Newspaper

Guitar brilliance and incandescent vocals. These exceptional performers connect and capture audiences through the power of song. And it’s made even more special when it’s sung in rare Noongar language.

Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse have firmly established a reputation across Australia for bringing a fresh, modern take on ancient traditions; merging evocative sounds, natural acoustic instruments, poignant stories with that incredible, beautiful voice. The natural rhythms of the language are perfectly captured and represented, and there’s an onstage connection and charisma that comes from two good friends who simply won’t quit.

Julia Nicholls is a Music Honours student in her fourth year of the Bachelor of Philosophy at the University of Western Australia. In 2017, she holds the roles of joint concertmaster of the Western Australian Youth Orchestra and president of the UWA Music Students’ Society. Last year she led WAYO in the opening event of the 2016 Perth International Arts Festival conducted by Iain Grandage, as well as in concert on WAYO’s international tour to Singapore and Japan. Julia has composed and arranged music from a young age, winning prizes in the WAM Song of the Year and ACMF National Songwriting competitions at age 17. She currently composes and arranges as part of a cappella vocal quartet Clarion.

Image: Matthew Galligan Photography