Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Musicology Australia


Taylor & Francis


Kurongkurl Katitjin




Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science, and Innovation (DJTSI) / Edith Cowan University


Scarfe, B., Budrikis, A., & Bracknell, C. (2023). ‘Keep the music going’: How the isolation tour 2020 maintained community and cultural connectedness during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown in Western Australia. Musicology Australia. Advance online publication.


The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent social isolation measures had a profound impact on communities worldwide. In regional and remote Western Australia, the use of online platforms has become increasingly important for maintaining social and emotional well-being. This article examines the role of ‘The Isolation Tour 2020’ Facebook page in providing a lifeline for its mostly Aboriginal audience to stay connected with culture, Country, and one another during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown in Western Australia. The authors conducted an in-depth interview with one of the administrators of the page and supplemented this with a thematic analysis of publicly available Facebook data. Data were analysed using NVivo qualitative analysis software and common themes were identified. The findings show that ‘The Isolation Tour 2020’ provided an effective virtual platform for people to interact with loved ones and feel a sense of belonging and comfort in the uncertainty of the pandemic. This research highlights the importance of online spaces for supporting social and emotional well-being during extended periods of social isolation and offers insights into how similar initiatives can be supported in future.



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