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Short Black Opera, led by renowned Yorta Yorta soprano, composer and educator, Deborah Cheetham AO, will run its first residency in Benalla for Aboriginal kids from 24 to 28 October with a free lunchtime concert on Friday 28 October at the Benalla Performing Arts and Convention Centre. Benalla’s indigenous children in Years four, five and six will have an incredible opportunity to work with Artistic Director Deborah Cheetham AO and the Short Black Opera artists for the week. Each morning the children will come to BPACC to work alongside Deborah and the company’s artists to develop their skills in singing, songwriting, visual arts and storytelling. They will be inspired and empowered to explore their talents and cultural identity and will prepare a repertoire for a final lunchtime concert at the end of the week featuring a new song that they co-write with Deborah.Living Culture Together is the first project of its kind in Benalla, auspiced by Multicultural Arts Victoria, and facilitated by local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal educators, community, arts and environmental workers to explore new ways of creating social and cultural exchanges among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the local community.