Deaf Indigenous Dance Group celebrates 27-year history at State Library

The Far North Queensland Deaf Indigenous Dance Group empowers d/Deaf First Nations artists through Culture and dance.
Deaf Indigenous Dance Group dancers Leslie Footscray, Nathaniel Murray and others rehearsing in Cairns, 2021. Photo: Sean Davey. A black and white photo of First People dancers rehearsing in a room.

The Deaf Indigenous Dance Group (DIDG) from Far North Queensland has entered its 27th year and will present a showcase of artworks, performances and digital stories at State Library of Queensland from 25 May.

DIDG is a community organisation with dancers who use vibration to sense the rhythms of traditional music, and the Deaf in Dance showcase has been created with a focus on accessibility. Auslan tours will be held monthly as part of the complementary programming, alongside a Braille gallery map and audio descriptions.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_