Ngulu-Nganjin (Our Voice)
Wurundjeri Elders, musicians and artists are creating a ‘soundtrack’ to capture the story of the Abbotsford Convent’s Traditional Owner history and heritage, thanks to new funding announced by the Victorian Government today.
A two-part project, 'Ngulu-Nganjin (Our Voice)' will take visitors on a new sound trail accessed on the Abbotsford Convent app, featuring Wurundjeri music, language and stories.
The trail will allow visitors to discover Wurundjeri stories and places of historical importance at the Convent – which is situated on the traditional homelands of the Wurundjeri people.
Part two of the project will see a live performance event showcasing the musicians and artists who developed the app sound trail, and the music featured on the app. The performance event will launch the app sound trail in March 2018.
The 'Ngulu-Nganjin' project is being developed by the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Inc (the Council) in partnership with the Abbotsford Convent Foundation.
Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Diane Kerr has been appointed by the Council to provide the cultural framework for the project. The Council also nominated Wurundjeri artist Mandy Nicholson to contribute to this project. Mandy, whose recent work includes the AFL’s 'Dreamtime at the ‘G', joins as 'Ngulu-Nganjin' Artistic Director. Acclaimed Yorta Yorta/Dja Dja Wurrung musician and actor Lou Bennett will join as the project’s Musical Director and Language Activist.
'Ngulu-Nganjin' has been made possible with funding from the Victorian Government’s Rockin’ the Laneways program.