Sinchi is a non-profit, focusing on the preservation of indigenous culture and upholding the UN’s declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
Indigenous Culture represents a continuum of intellect and creativity through history. It provides a sense of continuity with the past, with traditions and ancestral heritage. The modern world is advancing at an incredible rate in many ways but we need to be careful to not lose something in the march of progress. Indigenous knowledge teaches us about living in balance with nature, community, sustainability, connection to culture and the importance of art, music and performance, as vehicles to transfer knowledge.
Our aim is to create a bridge between Indigenous and Western cultures, in which we can learn from one another and create a better world for all.
“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” Lilla Watson
One of the main challenges being faced by indigenous communities around the world, is the loss of culture and knowledge with each passing generation. Our 1st community project in Tiwi Islands, Australia addresses this and encourages community engagement and empowerment through the self -documentation of their stories.
In cooperation with Tiwi Design Art Centre, Sinchi Project Director and celebrated aboriginal photographer Wayne Quilliam is leading the program, in which we are providing camera equipment, recording devices and a series of workshops to members of the community. Participants in the initiative, will develop photography skills and a book is being created featuring the most interesting images and stories. This will be made available to members of the community, educational facilities (as a template for future cultural programs) and for purchase, to raise funds. Images will also be available for licensing and for gallery display (with 100% ownership remaining with the community).
We believe mutual understanding and cooperation can only be reached through the exchange of ideas and sharing of resources. Our aspiration is to connect communities with organisations, creatives, press and venues who support indigenous causes.
The Sinchi global network features members from all over the world ranging from aboriginal foundations, TV channels, magazines, photographers, filmmakers, volunteer programs to galleries. Each sharing what they can offer and also what help they are looking for, whether that be funding, exposure, skills or advice.
“As a source of exchange, innovation and creativity, cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature.” UNESCONetwork Members
Sinchi’s annual photography competition provides a unique opportunity for visual story tellers around the world to be recognised for their talent and commitment to the preservation of culture and indigenous rights.
We have an exciting music collaboration underway between members of the Tiwi island community and a number of renowned western music producers. Creating modern interpretations of traditional songlines through electronic music.
We host a variety of events including film screenings, galleries, festivals incorporating music and speakers. These focus on building a community of like minded people in Europe and raising awareness for indigenous causes.
To support our activities, we have also created a corporate social responsibility program (CSR). Funds raised contribute directly to our community projects and provides a platform for businesses to show their commitment to preservation of indigenous culture.