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Barkaa Withdraws From Sydney Festival Over Israeli Embassy Funding Partnership

Western Sydney indigenous rapper Barkaa has pulled out of her Sydney Festival commitments due to the event’s partnership with the Israeli Embassy in Canberra, worth $20,000.

The Malyangapa and Barkindji musician announced her decision on Instagram yesterday, citing solidarity with civilians in Palestine affected by the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“I stand with Palestine always and I’m pulling out of all events associated with [Sydney Festival],” Barkaa captioned the post. “We as a nation live in a time where we should know better, so we should do better.”

She also shared messages from the Artists Against Apartheid movement to support the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions movement (BDS) to lobby Sydney Festival to terminate the funding partnership.


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