From the stars above to our waterways to our diverse ecosystems, our ensemble creates in dialogue with nature.
We believe music is an expression of self, culture, ancestry, and tradition. Our works are fuelled by collaboration, experimentation, and intercultural exchange.
We understand that making new works involves risk-taking, ensemble-building, creative reflection, and space to listen in to the work and each other.
We take the time to tune in to the unsaid, to the not yet known. We hold space for artists to bring their inner truth to our collaborations.
We value kindness and compassion in our creative and business relationships.
We respect cultural knowledge & protocols and value the gift of learning from others.
Featured artists in 2022
Samira El Koussa
Classical Arabic Vocalist
Maori Sonic Weaver
Meet Dr Corrina Bonshek
Artistic Director & Composer
You can be part of our vision
Get involved in two new works being created in 2023 informed by different cultural perspectives, music traditions, and appreciation of nature.
You can help bring our creative ideas to fruition. See our Australian Cultural Fund project page for details.
From audience, participants & partners
‘Song to the Ocean’ was so evocative and a gift of deep reverence to the ocean – thank you. It’s so important our community has opportunities like this to connect more deeply to the ocean and grow in appreciation and the desire to protect it.
Bianca Clifton, audience member
One of the most hauntingly beautiful and most talked about pieces from the festival. The collaborative effort of the team from Australia and Sarawak (Malaysia) is a winner.
Joe Sidek, festival director
It felt stupendous performing in ‘Song to the Ocean’. Wearing the light sculpture…hearing Whaia perform… being able to share music in such a beautiful atmosphere. I am a changed violinist.