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Up to 120 young persons aged between 14 and 24 worked together writing music, script and creating costumes and practice their performance every weekend for almost 6 months to put on a musical called Billabong High which ran for 14 days and nights.

Billabong High

Billabong High

Billabong has also been involved in many arts projects. One of the most successful projects has been the KIA or Key Indigenous Arts program which achieved outstanding results in a wide range of media from Glass blowing to printmaking, dance, canvass and other forms of painting. Funded through the Australia council for the Arts, this project while receiving low range funding was highly successful.

Key Indigenous Arts (KIA) was an extremely successful pilot program that facilitated the use of a wide range of  media.

The Key Arts Organisations to partner and/or support Billabong Aboriginal Development Corporation throughout the Initiative were Canberra Glassworks, CraftACT, Megalo Arts Access, PhotoAccess, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra Arts marketing (until its demise), ACT Writers Centre, CraftACT, and Kemarre Arts. Programs seed funded through the Initiative in 2008/2009 were Fresh Funk Hip Hop, Generations Digital Storytelling, Drama and Stagecraft, Photo Media and Photo-graphy (2 courses), Screen Printing (2 courses), Etching, Woodblock Printing,3 x Beginners Residencies in Glass Blowing, Kiln Forming, Casting, Cold Working and Bead Making, 3 x Ongoing/Advanced Residencies in Glass Blowing, Kiln Fusing, Open Studio, Ceramics (ongoing), and 1 x Arts Administration Traineeship.

An Arts Showcase and Community Day was held on 4th July 2010 during NAIDOC week at Billabong Aboriginal Development Corporation in Holt, featuring an exhibition of visual arts produced during the Initiative, and an audience participation workshop with members of Wagara Theatre. The art exhibition was on show at Billabong until 31 July.

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