- Christine Anu is one of Australia’s most popular recording artists and performers of all time.
- Has 17 ARIA nominations, including APRA AMCOS award-winning My Island Home and platinum album Stylin’ Up.
- Appeared in Moulin Rouge and The Matrix - Reloaded, performed in hit sell-out musicals Rent and Little Shop of Horrors, featured in high-profile TV shows The Alice and Outland.
- Presents her own national radio show on ABC Radio every Friday and Saturday.
- Uses her public profile as a platform to advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and others from marginalised backgrounds.
- Belonging, including perceptions and ideas of belonging or not belonging.
- These are shaped within personal, cultural, historical and social context.
- Connection made with people, places, groups, communities and the larger world.
- Experience and notions of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding.
- Christine performs two songs as part of her keynote delivery
- Torres Strait song of blessing in acapella as part of her Acknowledgment to Country
- Sings My Island Home at the conclusion of her keynote delivery
- Master of Ceremonies
Christine’s participation in New York at both the ‘Australia Plays Broadway’ and ‘Black Tie Gala Dinner’ was outstandingly successful in promoting the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts to sold out sophisticated New York audiences. All the more impressive as New York is a leader in the world of arts and culture.
Her participation was an excellent presentation and representation of the quality of Australian Indigenous Art, and assisted to promote to the United States the important contribution they give Australia’s contemporary society.
The Hon John Olsen AO
Consul General New York
Your performance and presentation at the ‘Big Talk One Fire” summit provided the audience with a momentous opportunity to share and hear the stories, realities and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people from across the diverse communities of Far North Queensland. You presentation reinforced the importance of culture, keeping strong, working together and finding success.
Christine was fantastic! Her personality and charm was impressive as she stayed around for autographs and photos. There was great feedback from everyone who attended.
Blacktown City Council
We are forever grateful to Christine for her contribution and being apart of The People in Indigenous Forum. Everyone was just thrilled with Christine’s presentation and leading the global walk.
Diabetes Australia (Victoria)
We would like to thank Christine Anu for performing at Mayor Paul Pisasale’s Carols By Candlelight. The show was great and it was a pleasure to present Christine Anu. The running of the carols was made a breeze and could not have been possible without Christine and her team’s assistance.
Christine was a star, providing a wonderful focus to the cultural performance.
APEC Cultural Summit
Potent, confronting, her voice seems to envelop you
Sydney Morning Herald
The audience was captivated by Christine’s speech, which included a song in her native language. They were also captivated by her friendly open nature. Her unique stories from her homeland in the Torre Strait Islands resonated with all of the guests regardless of their cultural background. At several points she had the audience moved to tears and there was also plenty of relaxed laughter. Christine received a lengthy standing ovation from the guests at the breakfast.
Christine was fantastic! She even gave us a traditional song which was unexpected but very special to all who attended.
The night was amazing. Christine was just fantastic and it was a real joy to hear her inspirational story
Tough, sensitive, great timing and wonderful story telling. What’s more she is ours, she is gloriously Australian.
Christine performed wonderful songs at our Ronald McDonald House fundraiser. She is a true star!
Ronald McDonald House Consul General, New York
The NSW English Teachers' Association recently featured Christine Anu as their keynote speaker for a student day on Belonging. The audience was year 12 students and some teachers. Christine was awesome! She was wonderful in every way. We requested that she could focus on the key elements of the HSC syllabus and she did that with detail, professionalism and skill. Christine was truly inspiring! Christine exudes warmth and a genuine joy. She sings with compassion and depth but it was her command and use of the spoken and written word which truly inspired our students. Christine had a wonderful capacity to recreate her childhood and life experiences with such detail; it was as if we were there on the beach or in the water or watching her mother fish. Christine Anu is a remarkable talent and a very special woman. It was out privilege to hear her insights and her celebration of belonging to her heritage, her culture and her country.
Student days Project Officer - NSW English Teachers' Association.
NSW English Teachers' Association.
Waverley Council was recently privileged to have Christine Anu speak at its inaugural “Women by the Waves” breakfast celebrating International Women’s Day. The event was a great success, in large part because of Christine’s inspiring and poignant speech. The audience was captivated by Christine’s speech, which included a song in her native language. Her unique stories from her homeland in the Torres Strait Islands resonated with all of the guests, regardless of their cultural background. Christine received a lengthy standing ovation and at several points she had the audience moved to tears and there was also plenty of relaxed laughter.
On behalf of UMI Arts, I would sincerely like to thank you for your contribution to its keynote event for the year, ‘Big Talk One Fire’ held at the Cairns Civic Theatre. Your performance and presentation at the summit provided the audience with a momentous opportunity to share and hear the stories, realities and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from across the diverse communities of Far North Queensland. ‘Big Talk One Fire’ reinforced the importance of culture, keeping strong, working together and finding success
UMI Arts ‘Big Talk One Fire’
On behalf of MaAfrika Tikkun Australia and our Guest of Honour from South Africa - Chief Mandla Mandela, I would like to extend a very warm thank you for your wonderful contribution to Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Tribute Dinner at the Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney. Your presence was such an added bonus to this event.
Christine’s participation in New York at both the Australia Plays Broadway and Back Tie Gala Dinner was outstandingly successful in promoting the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts to sold-out sophisticated New York audiences, all the more impressive as New York is the leader in the world of arts and culture. Her participation was an excellent presentation and representation of the quality of Australian Indigenous Art, and assisted to promote to the United States the important contribution they give to Australia’s contemporary society.
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning and our partner, the Transforming Cultures Research Centre, were pleased to host Ms Christine Anu as our guest speaker for the final Yarning Circle of 2008 on Wednesday, 24th September. Ms Anu spoke with eloquence and intent about her childhood in Far North Queensland and experiences within the mainstream Performing Arts industry. She is an engaging and lively speaker who maintained consistent interest of the academics and students who came to hear her. Ms Anu is one of the few Indigenous performers with a mainstream profile and her visibility makes her a role-model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning University of Technology, Sydney
On behalf of the Sustainable Illawarra Project I would like to extend my gratitude for your attendance, your gift of a traditional Torres Strait blessing song and your address to the guests speaking as both a mother and a resident of the Illawarra at the launch of the Sustainable Illawarra Project. Both your presence and your address were inspirational and entertaining. The feedback I received from those in attendance regarding your address was positive to say the least. What impressed me the most was the fact that you were an utmost professional but at the same time people commented that you were down to earth and so easy to approach.
On behalf of GJC and Vibe Australia, it is with great pleasure that I acknowledge Christine Anu for her outstanding contribution to the recognition of Indigenous arts at both a national and international level. Christine’s diverse talents as a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor and entertainer have seen her gain recognition as a successful Indigenous Australian both here and overseas. Christine’s achievements have been recognised over the years at the Deadly Awards, a prestigious annual event that celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander excellence in music, sport, entertainment and community development that now reaches an audience of hundreds of thousands of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people across Australia. Christine is one of the most successful Indigenous artists in this country. I am proud to know Christine, and proud to have this opportunity to provide a testimony of her many important achievements.
Gavin Jones Communications