Mark Grose, Managing Director, Skinnyfish Music and Ego Lemos (Timor’s famous musician, songwriter, permaculturalist, and community development worker) had a dream to create a new annual cultural exchange between Australia and Timor-Leste known as D-Tour.
To help them realise thsi dream and get this message out to the world, Change the World created a promotional video to help them realise this dream.
The dream was realised on Saturday 17thSeptember 2011. The launch of D’Tour has been hailed an amazing success as local Timor-Leste musician and permaculture activist Ego Lemos together with the R&B boys from the Northern Territory B2M, rocked Dili’s Mercado Lama in front of a local crowd of 3,000 on Saturday 17thSeptember 2011.
From the moment B2M arrived in Timor-Leste to meet Ego Lemos and his 200-strong gathering of Timorese volunteers to kick off the first ever D’Tour concert, a powerful connection between two indigenous groups was clearly being forged. Throughout the 5 days of workshops, school visits, cultural exchange and music collaboration – which culminated in a free concert broadcast live on national TV to an audience of over 150,000 in both East and West Timor – Tiwi Island’s B2M had their first opportunity to engage and collaborate with their nearest overseas neighbours.
Exchanging stories of trial to triumph, and of the constant need to defer to the past, deal honestly with the present, & shape the future; they discovered and explored the shared experiences of two remote communities and the potential lessons they had to offer the broader community through the global language of music. The message: Care for the Land, Care for the People, Care for the Future.
Under the stars on a warm Dili evening, Nobel Peace Laureate, Timor-Leste President and D’Tour’s Honorary Patron, HE Dr José Ramos Horta, arrived by mini-moke to officially open the event. Delivering a rousing endorsement of the event’s theme, he urged audiences everywhere, as individuals, to dare to make a difference.
D’Tour’s International Patron, HE Kirsty Sword-Guzmão, gave a welcome address and the Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Miles Armitage, joined the line up of dignitaries who all acknowledged the importance of this event for both countries.