The History Salon – Aunty Wilma Reading

Where: The Deakin Edge Theatre, Cnr Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

Listed by: YIRRAMBOI Festival


The sixth History Salon is presented for the Victorian Seniors Festival 2018, and features Aunty Wilma Reading in conversation with Blak Betty.

Wilma Reading is a singer from Cairns, Queensland, who started her career in the 1950s. High points of Wilma’s career include engagements at the famous Copacabana New York, appearing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, starring with Jim Brown in the American film Pacific Inferno, Eurovision TV Special for UNICEF with Danny Kaye, 33 one-woman concerts in Russia with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, appearing in over 75 International TV shows, a BBC concert with Charles Aznavour at the London Royal Festival Hall, recording the soundtrack title song for the Julie Andrews – Omar Sharif film The Tamarind Seed, playing at the reunification of East and West Germany Concert at the Friedrichstadt-Palast Theatre in Berlin.

After returning to Australia, Wilma performed concerts for Diane Cilento at Karknak Playhouse Theatre, Jazz Under the Stars at Cairns Festival, Relay for Life fundraising events for the Cancer Foundation, as well as the Palmer Street Jazz Festival, Ladies in Jazz, Femme Fatale, Civic Theatre Cairns, Cooktown Jazz and Blues Club, as a support at the Johnny Nicol concert, and supported many charity community events and continues to support the Tropical North Qld Jazz Club. She was included in the Story Place: Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest exhibition at Queensland Art Gallery. In 2008, Wilma recorded her CD Now You See Me at Pegasus Studios, Cairns.

Aunty Wilma will be talking about pivotal moments in her singing career, including her time touring the world, performing with Duke Ellington and starring in numerous films. Hosted by Blak Betty.

Where: Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne
When: Wednesday 10 October, 6.30-7.30pm
How Much: Free, but please RSVP


A living encyclopaedia of Blak Arts in Australia

Our Elders created the opportunities we have today. We come from a 70,000+ year lineage of artists in this country, but we have very little written record of the heroes and mavericks that paved the way for Indigenous contemporary arts in Australia.

In honour of our traditions and ways of knowledge transfer, we gather, we listen and acknowledge the hard work that defined, inspired and transformed generations of Indigenous arts practice. The History Salon celebrates and shares stories from our Elders, informing new generations of their place in a long lineage of artistic practice.

Join radio personality Blak Betty in a dynamic yarn with an Elder of the arts.


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