Mowanjum Anniversary Festival

Celebrating 20 Years of Traditional Story, Song and Dance

The Mowanjum Festival showcases a vibrant celebration of Indigenous cultural life, through traditional story, song and dance staged by a range of cultural artists and performers from across the Kimberley region.

This event paves the pathway for unity and reconciliation, for sustaining ancient traditions and for young community members to adopt the age-old practice of cultural exchange

Derby - Thursday 6th July 2017 marks the 20th Anniversary of Western Australia’s largest Indigenous Corroboree open to the general public. The annual Healthways, Make Smoking History Mowanjum Festival plays a pivotal role in developing and sustaining cultural exchange – and acts as a role model in fostering reconciliation.

The engagement of young community members is a priority component – fostering their development of the age-old practice of cultural exchange through traditional art, song and dance. The event is staged by Indigenous people from across the Kimberley region which, today, comprises over 30 tribal groups. This collaborative approach unites the traditional people of the Kimberley and visitors alike, to participate and rejoice in one of the world’s oldest living cultures.

A celebratory highlight of this year’s Anniversary festival will be a theatrical performance of a traditional story entitled ‘Wanaliirri – the flood story’, featuring larger than life animal puppets.

The festival is open from 2pm, with a variety of cultural workshops including didgeridoo playing, boab nut carving and ochre painting conducted in a family friendly environment. Corroborees commence from 6pm and involve performers from all ages participating in ‘Junba’ or traditional dances, which tell the stories of the Mowanjum people.

The revival and performance of these dances are a significant moment of celebration for the local community, and deeply moving to the elders who strive to preserve the strong links to their country and traditions that have been passed down by their ancestors for many thousands of years.

Location: Mowanjum Art and Cultural Centre, on the Gibb River Road - 12 kilometers from Derby.

Sealed road access all the way to the Art Centre. Tickets: Available at the gate $20 Adults, $10 Children Contact: Peter Croll (08) 9191 1008 www.mowanjumarts.com/festival

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