Open Spaces: Ngulu-nganjin
Our biggest weekend of the year, Open Spaces festival is a celebration of the Convent’s people, spaces and places.
WURUNDJERI COMMUNITY CELEBRATION SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER, 12 – 2pm
Wurundjeri Council and Abbotsford Convent Foundation are delighted to open the Open Spaces festival with ‘Ngulu-nganjin,’ a two-part project celebrating Wurundjeri music, language and stories. This community celebration will showcase some of the musicians and artists who have been hard at work developing and recordings a new indigenous sound trail for the Convent site.
‘Ngulu-nganjin’ is being led by Wurundjeri artist Mandy Nicholson (Artistic Director) and acclaimed Yorta Yorta/Dja Dja Wurrung musician and actor Lou Bennett (Musical Director and Language Activist). Aunty Diane Kerr has provided input into the cultural framework for the project, along with assistance by Wurundjeri Council and other Wurundjeri members.
Come down and enjoy the flagship ‘Ngulu-nganjin’ sounds, performed for the first time, and take part in workshops, ochre face painting, traditional games and more, organised by Wurundjeri Council and community. Ngulu-nganjin will be MC’d by the wonderful Jason Tamiru.
Saturday, 12 – 2pm, Heritage Gardens
Wominjeka Bik ba Boorrt-ma (Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony)
Join us in the Heritage Gardens for a traditional Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony to mark the opening of the festival and celebration of Ngulu-nganjin. Traditionally a Welcome to Country was performed as part of Tanderrum ceremony – a celebration welcoming visitors’ access to Wurundjeri lands and resources for the length of their visit. Welcome to Country is still performed today as a way of honouring Traditional Owners, and paying respect and acknowledgment to the First People of the land.
Experience a preview of the Ngulu-nganjin soundscape with live performances from Mandy Nicholson, Lou Bennett, Wurundjeri community and more. Stick around for our flagship music program by Joel Ma (Joelistics) to follow.
Djirri Djirri Dance Group
Djirri Djirri is the Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) name for the Willy Wagtail, a little black bird who is always ready to shake a tail feather. This performance will share stories about creation, family and Country through dance, with an essence of traditional dance and ceremony. The Djirri Djirri Dance Group includes many children who are encouraged to take on leadership roles, using language and knowledge exchange in dance creation.
Woiwurrung Ngnool (Woiwurrung Language)
Language is at the heart of culture. Learn some Woiwurrung words and join in for some fun and games celebrating the first language of this area.
Indigenous Hip Hop Projects
Indigenous Hip Hop Projects are a national multi-cultural arts company, specialising in conducting week-long workshops in regional, remote and urban Indigenous communities around Australia as a means of connecting young people, encouraging self-respect, re-engagement and creating linkages with traditional culture. IHHP Dance Artists will perform for you and get you involved – a taste of how they work in Indigenous communities around Australia.
MORE ACTIVITIES IN THE HERITAGE GARDENS
Discover Wurundjeri culture and language through hands-on workshops, participatory artworks and traditional games.
Gurnangith Dandagat (Face Painting /Traditional Ochre)
Decorate your face with ochre, the traditional paint used by the Wurundjeri people. Bring the kids along to have their faces painted.
Djirra (Basket weaving)
Aboriginal women collected plant materials and used basket weaving techniques for tens of thousands of years to make everyday items such as mats and containers. Come and learn some weaving techniques to make your own creation.
Ngarrgu Likjebi (Traditional Games)
Aboriginal children learnt many of the skills they would require as adults through traditional games, designed to teach techniques such as targeting a moving object and spear throwing. Join in and learn some of the traditional games played.
Naggittal Ngawe (Elders Resting)
A place for Elders to relax and enjoy the Gulanboon stage.
Walert Morrok Booeegigat (Possum skin workshop)
Come and learn the techniques used by the Wurundjeri people to sew possum skin pelts into a cloak.
TOOM-NE BA NANGAK (WURUNDJERI SCREEN SPACE)
Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon – 6pm, Rosina Auditorium
Enjoy a series of animated shorts and documentary screenings that celebrate Wurundjeri culture.
Keen to catch more main stage action? Check out our Open Sounds music program programmed by Joel Ma (Joelistics) featuring a diverse array of fresh talent.
'Ngulu-nganjin' has been made possible with funding from the Victorian Government’s Rockin’ the Laneways program.