About

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

Projects

Our first community project is in Tiwi Islands, Australia. The islands have around 3000 inhabitants, of whom around 88% are aboriginal.  It is believed the aboriginal people have been present for 7000 years on the islands and they are well known for their strong culture and arts. 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.

One of the main cultural challenges being faced around the world, is the loss of culture and knowledge with each passing generation. This project will address this topic and encourages community engagement and empowerment through the documentation of their stories. Furthermore, participants in the initiative, will develop photography  skills and a book will be created at the end of the project featuring the most interesting images and stories. The book 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).

 

Network

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’ UNESCO

Network Members

 

Initiatives

Photo Competition

Sinchi’s  inaugural 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. The competition is being judged by world acclaimed photographers Jimmy Nelson, Wayne Quilliam and Laura Beltran Villamizar of the Native Agency.

Music

We have an exciting music collaboration underway between members of the Tiwi island community and a number of renowned  western  music producers. We are in the process of recording traditional songlines and creating new interpretations through electronic music. This will take the form of a series of vinyl including the original recording, 3 alternative versions, transcription in its original language and English translation. This initiative will raise funds and create a new medium and audience for sharing the beauty of aboriginal culture. Again with 100% ownership remaining with the community.

* What are songlines? Songlines are the creation narratives that cross Aboriginal Lands & give meaning to sites & stories, connecting people to country and their ancestors.

Events

In 2016, we created a one day festival in Amsterdam to celebrate indigenous culture and build a community of like minded people.  This including speakers, dj’s, performers and a wide variety of activities. This was a supported by a youth program, where we visited a number of local schools to talk about aboriginal arts. In 2017, we have collaborated with the TOA festival (Tech Open Air) in Berlin which involves 20,000+ of the worlds leading tech entrepreneurs. Founder, Tom Wheeler spoke in the main program and we hosted our own satellite event for attendees and friends in the city to join us for a memorable night.

CSR Program

To support our activities, we have also created a corporate social responsibility program (CSR). Funds raised contribute directly to our community projects and provides an ethical platform for businesses to show their commitment to preservation of culture.

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