FESTIVAL PROGRAM​

Yothu Yindi artist

Yothu Yindi is the most successful and internationally-recognised Aboriginal band in Australia. Yothu Yindi (“mother and child”) is a kinship term used by the Yolngu people of the Northern Territory’s Arnham Land. The band merges traditional with contemporary styles, and more broadly, promotes mutual respect and understanding in the coming together of different cultures.

Photo Credit: Christopher Segrave Photography

baker boy artist

In Arnhem Land they call Baker Boy the ‘fresh new prince’. Raised in the remote NT communities of Yurrwi and Maningrida, 22 year-old Danzal Baker, aka Baker Boy, raps in Yolngu Matha language representing his bloodlines. A strikingly talented artist on an undeniable rise, Baker Boy kick started 2018 with two of his songs – Marryuna and Cloud 9 – winning their place in triple j’s Hottest 100.

Thandi Phoenix artist

Thandi Phoenix possess a voice like no other, channeling her raw, powerful and honest sound to the world.  At just 25, the Sydney based singer-songwriter has accomplished so much drawing audiences and attention through her unique voice and sound fusing pop with electronica.  She rose to popularity with her 2016 single ‘Tell Me Where All The Lovers Are’ which was added to the Triple J full rotation, as well as

Yarrabah Brass Band artist

Until the 1950s, the community of Yarrabah in Far North Queensland was home to one of the best brass bands in the state. Yarrabah has a rich history of instrumental music with the first brass band being formed in 1901, which toured across the state taking the sounds of Yarrabah far and wide.

Yarrabah Brass Band

CULTURAL WORKSHOPS

PANDANUS Weaving Nana Hope Patterson & Aunty June Noble

Please join two of our Gungganji Elders Mrs. Hope Patterson and Aunty June Nobel in a one-hour workshop where participants will learn how to prepare and weave beautiful baskets using locally harvested pandanus leaves.  You will learn about the local craft of basketry and what is was used for in local cultures, from fishing to adornment.

Spear Making Menmuny Murgha

Menmuny Murgha is Gungganji man, cultural dancer and artefact maker who will be facilitating a special one-hour Spear Making workshop.  Learn how to craft your own traditional spear made from local Yarrabah timber.  Spears have been made by the Gungganji tribe for thousands of years for different purposes.  Learn about the Gungganji culture whilst making and decorating your own spear to take home.

Shield Making Shatner Patterson

Over one hour you will work with local wood to create your own shield with designs that are unique to the region.  Join senior artist Shatner Patterson to learn the art of making shields and how they were used as part of the Gugganji cultural practices.

Shell necklace making Lynelle Murgha

Lynelle is Gungganji woman and local Yarrabah resident. Please drop in to this free and free shell necklace making workshop utelising shells and materials found on the Yarrabah beach.  This experience allows participants to take home a small piece of Yarrabah’s rich culture by the sea.

FREE

Grass Weaving Elder Phillip Canuto

Phillip Canuto is a local Yarrabah Elder who has learned the ancient art of grass weaving from his Grandmother since he was a young boy. Phillip is one of the only grass weavers left in Yarrabah. His weaving skills and techniques are used to construct beautiful baskets and Dilly bags. 

FREE

DAMPER MAKING AUNTY MILLIE MAYWEE

Aunty Millie Maywee is a long time and active member of the Yarrabah Elders Group.  She is also a great cook!!!  Please drop into sit down with Aunty Millie to learn the art of making ashes damper on the fire.  Then enjoy a hot cuppa and your damper in the great company of the Yarrabah elders.

FREE

early childhood space Merindi Schrieber, Linton Schrieber and Johanna Maza

Karrkay Binalmal (Children’s learning in Kuku Yalanji) is a culturally safe space for carers and babies aged 0-12 months to be exposed to a variety of different immersive First Nations early childhood practices.  These include story-telling, tummy time, songs, sensory woven playtime and ochre handprints!

FREE

Upcycled tyre furniture Liam Maza

Liam is an emerging artist with cultural connections to Murray Island and Yidinji nations.  Liam works with existing materials in regional and remote communities as a process of empowering locals to produce accessible, functional furniture pieces.  Liam will be working with a group of Yarrabah locals to produce the tyre furniture for the festival site.

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