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Australia, the magazine : Australia, the magazine
personal view 11 STEVEN PAGE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, BANGARRA DANCE THEATRE "From the remote ancestral lands of Arnhem Land to the beauty of the Sydney basin, Australia is home to diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. As the oldest living culture on the planet, for over 40,000 years Australia's indigenous peoples have maintained spiritual links to these ancient lands. Our stories come from the land and are passed from generation to generation. Inspiring our contemporary world by drawing on the essence of traditional music and dance, Bangarra is an important part of this nation's storytelling. From saltwater to freshwater, from red desert to rainforest we weave the natural elements and traditional myths to awaken our spiritual consciousness. The challenges for our peoples and the diversity of our cultural heritage give us the source of energy and richness of experience to tell stories that resonate with audiences worldwide. I am fortunate to be born to this land and to have the opportunity to respect and appreciate the sacred connection to its mysteries." country my GREAT AUSTRALIANS ON WHY AUSTRALIA IS GREAT. INCLUDING RUPERT MURDOCH, HUGH JACKMAN, DON ARGUS, PROFESSOR RALPH MARTINS.