Merrigingi Foundation proudly presents: Bundjalung Minjungbal art and cultural event for Naidoc week 2022
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We will be curating an indigenous art gallery with all works of art for sale, for 3 days with works from well-known Bundjalung Minjungbal artist including Archibald prize winner Blak Douglas as well as other diverse indigenous artists.
This will be an amazing opportunity to view art from some of the best artist from the Bundjalung Minjungbal country and surrounding areas all in one place.
We will be sharing cultural knowledge, dance and dream time stories as well as a Jarjums (kids) morning full of activities.
Music, food and fire on Friday and Saturday the 8th and 9th late into the evening.
Artist: Archibald prize winner Blak Douglas, Uncle Oral Roberts, Namagan Appo, Mowanna Dream Time, Belle Budden, Yahgen Parsons, William walker, Mel Simon, Mudjai, Nathan Falk- Wollumbin Dreaming.
Musicians: Mitch King, Jim Mongrel and others including Dave Houston, Alex Tilly, Blueweed , and many more to be announced
Kultcha: Uncle Lewis Walker, Uncle Namagan Appo, Uncle Mudji – Kids Caring for Country Dancers, Aunty Deb Cole – Weaving, Uncle Oral Roberts
Thursday the 7th of July:10am – 10:30am Opening ceremony with welcome to country with kids encouraged to attend
10:30am – 1pm Jarjums ( Kids ) activities: Please pack a lunch for your children as we will all be sitting down to eat at 12pm. Language workshop, Gallery exhibition walk through with explanation of artwork and meanings, Painting workshop, also a bit of dance, song and a couple games.Art viewing all day until 5pm and early access to purchase.
Friday and Saturday the 8th and 9th of July: Both days will host the same activities.
10am – 10:30am Opening ceremony with welcome to country with kids encouraged to attend.
10:30am – 1pm Jarjums ( Kids ) activities: Please pack a lunch for your children as we will all be sitting down together to eat at 12pm. Language workshop, Gallery exhibition walk through with explanation of artwork and meanings, Painting workshop, also a bit of dance, song and a couple games.
1pm until late: Kultcha shared by Bunjalung and Minjungbal elders , Including weaving, dance, stories, and music spread throughout the day with food vendors, chai and fire late into the evening.
Friday and Saturday will be BYO esky in the evenings.Bring blankets and pillows to get comfy on the grass around the fire.
Tickets for this event are by donation ($15 dollars recommended) with the option to give more if you would like to help support our dream of opening a cultural healing centre here on the Bundjalung Minjungbal Country.
We will be holding events in the future to bring awareness to our dream which is to build an indigenous healing cultural centre in the Bunjalung/Minjungbul Country for people who struggle with trauma and mental health which we feel is vital in keeping our culture alive, while healing and uniting our people all over this nation.
The healing centre we are going to build will utilize our very special connection to culture, language, art, dance and country to help heal anyone who struggles with trauma of all types and help find connection in a deep and meaningful way to themselves as well as connecting to Country. The healing centre will also help to restore, preserve and enrichen the very ancient knowledge, culture and special connection we have to this land and its ancestors.
We invite anyone who feels a calling to what we are doing to help us along the way to making our beautiful dream come true for our community and our future generations.
All are welcome.
Special thanks to Dave Houston from Full-on Theatre for helping us organize this event.