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Yarruwala Wiradjuri Cultural Festival

In October 2020 Griffith Regional Theatre is presenting the World Premiere of Sunshine Super Girl by Andrea James, the story of Wiradjuri sporting legend Evonne Goolagong-Cawley. As part of this historic event Griffith City Council and the Wiradjuri Community, with partners Burrundi Theatre for Performing Arts and Western Riverina Arts, are presenting the Yarruwala Wiradjuri Cultural Festival, to promote and celebrate Wiradjuri arts and culture across the region. The festival acknowledges and recognises the region’s Traditional Owners and brings the whole community together to learn about, experience and celebrate the living heritage and culture of its First Nations.

The festival showcases Indigenous artists, creatives and cultural leaders from across the region, in a diverse program of performances, exhibitions, workshops and immersive cultural experiences. The festival not only creates a space for Wiradjuri People to express and celebrate their own culture, but benefits the whole community by building awareness and respect for Wiradjuri culture and heritage, and positioning the region as a significant destination for cultural tourism.

Image courtesy of Veronica Collins


 

Yarruwala Wiradjuri! Art Exhibition

Exhibition by leading Wiradjuri artists and art makers, including Veronica Collins, Dr Treanha Hamm, Wiradjuri Weavers, Will Carter and others.

This exhibition is at ARTSPACE at Griffith Regional Theatre from 7 September – 30 October.

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Art Workshops For Kids with Cory McKenzie

A fun workshop for 7 to 12 year olds. Kids will create with colour and learn lots of fun techniques with Wiradjuri artist Cory McKenzie. Cory is a Wiradjuri man who was been teaching culture and creating Aboriginal Artefacts and designs for 20 years. Cory draws his inspiration from the Land.

1 October 10:30am - 12pm at Griffith Pioneer Park Museum
Price: $15

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Sunshine Super Girl by Andrea James

A young girl hits a ball against the tin wall with a frying pan. This is where it all began for Evonne Goolagong, the Wiradjuri girl who conquered the world. Griffith Regional Theatre and Performing Lines present the World Premiere of Sunshine Super Girl – the Evonne Goolagong Story – written and directed by Yorta Yorta/Gunnakurnai playwright Andrea James - a brand new theatre work celebrating the life and achievements of Australia’s best loved sporting legend.

WORLD PREMIERE Season 7 - 10 October at West End Stadium

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Birrarangga Film Festival in Leeton

Curated by Wurundjeri (Woiwurrung) / Yorta Yorta screen creative and actor Tony Briggs the Festival presents beautiful, raw, inspiring and heartbreaking feature length and short films from Indigenous film makers from across the world.

2 October - 4 October at Roxy Theatre, Leeton

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Art and Spirituality Workshop for Adults with Cory McKenzie

Explore a range of artistic techniques, using colour and design to connect to your innate creativity, and universal spirituality with Wiradjuri Artist Cory McKenzie. Cory is a Wiradjuri man who was been teaching culture and creating Aboriginal Artefacts and designs for 20 years. Cory draws his inspiration from the Land.

3 October 10am - 3pm at Lake House Studio, Lake Wyangan
Price: $40

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Art Workshops For Kids with Cory McKenzie

A fun workshop for 7 to 12 year olds. Kids will create with colour and learn lots of fun techniques with Wiradjuri artist Cory McKenzie. Cory is a Wiradjuri man who was been teaching culture and creating Aboriginal Artefacts and designs for 20 years. Cory draws his inspiration from the Land.

8 October 10:30am - 12pm at Griffith Regional Art Gallery
Price: $15

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Q&A with Andrea James

Join Sunshine Super Girl Writer-Director Andrea James in conversation, as she talks about her journey creating this theatre homage to one of Australia’s best loved sporting legends. Limited seats available for live event – Free Event – BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL – or join us on ZOOM

8 October 12pm - 1pm at West End Stadium or Online
Price: Free

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Story and Scriptwriting Workshop with Andrea James

Explore concepts of family and develop ideas for your own short story or script with Sunshine Super Girl Writer-Director Andrea James.
Limited seats available for live event – $60 – BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Also a DIGITAL EVENT via registration online.
For more information please contact Western Riverina Arts on comms@westrivarts.com.au or 0455 217 671.

9 October 1pm - 3pm
Price: $60 - First Nations participants free & have priority booking (please inquire with Western Riverina Arts).

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Weaving Workshop with Dr Treahna Hamm

Learn to make and weave a small basket with raffia using traditional weaving techniques. Dr Treahna Hamm has over 30 year’s experience as an arts and cultural crafts practitioner and teacher. Her work is held by numerous collections including the National Museum of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, and National Gallery of Australia. Participants will make and weave a small basket using Aboriginal techniques and coloured raffia. Price includes light refreshments and all materials.

11 October 11am - 2pm at Griffith Regional Art Gallery
Price: $50

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Dyeing and Twining - 2 Day Workshop

A 2 day workshop of traditional bush dyeing and twining with Wiradjuri artist Aunty Gail Manderson with Melanie Evans, this hands on workshop is fittingly set amongst the natural bush land at the Museum. (BYO LUNCH and participants must attend both days).

17 & 18 October 10am - 2pm at Griffith Pioneer Park Museum
Price: $80

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View all Yarruwala Festival Events 

Running from August through to October, the festival includes performances, exhibitions, workshops, films, cultural experiences and more! With many digital events on offer, everyone has the opportunity to learn about, experience, immerse and celebrate Wiradjuri Culture in all its forms.

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Sunshine Super Girl and Yarruwala Wiradjuri Cultural Festival Media Launch

 


Yarruwala Wiradjuri Cultural Festival is presented by a consortium of organisations and cultural institutions in the Western Riverina. Individual events are curated and presented by the identified festival partners who are solely responsible for the operation, delivery and management of their events. 

All events held during this festival are subject to COVID-Safe Conditions. Any current NSW Public Health Orders will be enforced, including venue and gathering limits, social distancing, contract tracing and hygiene measures. Hand sanitisers will be provided at all festival events. Any persons who are unwell, suffering flu-like symptoms, have been in any lockdown areas or in contact with potentially infected persons, are asked to stay home and enjoy our events on-line. Any and all live events may be cancelled if they contravene new health orders and restrictions, or if there are any potential risks to public health and safety. Protection of our vulnerable and valuable community members is our priority.

Yarruwala Wiradjuri Arts and Cultural Festival is an initiative of Griffith City Council presented in partnership with the Wiradjuri community, Western Riverina Arts and Burrundi Theatre for Performing Arts Ltd and funded by the Australian Government through Building Better Regions;  the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; through the Festivals Australia program; the NSW Government through Create NSW and Deakin University. Image courtesy of Veronica Collins.

 


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