Of the approximate 250 traditional languages spoken in 1788 only 13 are still actively being acquired by children. Hear from a local cultural warrior who is relearning, reclaiming and re-educating in her own language. With Vicki Couzens. Supported by RMIT Indigenous Education and Engagement.
Big Blak Poetry Read
Seven of the best poets read three of their best poems in a mellifluous hour of power. With Ali Cobby Eckermann, Uncle Jim Everett, Raelee Lancaster, Yvette Holt, Selina Tusitala Marsh (NZ), Melanie Mununggurr-Williams and Ellen van Neerven. Presented in partnership with Australian Poetry. Supported by RMIT Indigenous Education and Engagement.
Elders Storytelling around the campfire **BOOKED OUT**
Tall tales and true from the wisest storytellers in the country. Perhaps they’ll even scare you out of your skin with a ghost story or two. This is an intimate and special session and places are limited. With Uncle Talgium (Chocka) Edwards, Uncle Herb Patten, Uncle Larry Walsh and Aunty Barb Nicholson.
Keynote: Smoke Whispers Sorrow
The master of precise and poetic storytelling shares a recent and very personal story: ‘As a means of connecting to Country while dealing with personal grief, I decided that the only way to engage with both was first to walk, second to think, and third to write about the experience before losing sense of what…
Blak Mama: Five plays in a day
Five First Nations playwrights. Five full-length play readings. All in one day. Plays include Coconut Woman by Maryanne Sam, Flashblaks by Jacob Boehme, Cottagers and Indians by Drew Hayden Taylor, MiWi 3027 by Glenn Shea, and Swim by Ellen van Neerven. Presented in partnership with La Mama and the University of Melbourne (VCA). SCHEDULE…