Marramarra is a Wiradjuri word meaning ‘make, create, do’.
The two Marramarra projects unearthed and showcased Aboriginal visual arts, performance and culture from the Central West of NSW.
Below: “Yamma Dummarung”, which is the Wiradjuri word for ‘welcome’ in the Condobolin language group in Central Western NSW. ‘Wiradjuri Welcome’ is a track created by the team at Desert Pea Media, alongside Indigenous artists Roy Peterson (Condobolin) and Bruce Carr (Wellington) for Marramarra 2011.
Marramarra Bulla 2012
Bulla is a Wiradjuri word meaning ‘two’. Marramarra Bulla, held Saturday 17 November 2012 in Parkes, was Arts OutWest’s second major regional showcase of Aboriginal arts and culture.
Activities on the day included a free community breakfast in Cooke Park, performances of film, music and dance in the Little Theatre, a visual arts exhibition over 3 days in the Coventry Room and free family workshops in Traditional basket weaving, Wiradjuri language, DJing, Traditional toolmaking and Cultural dance.
Marramarra Bulla was supported by Arts NSW, NorthParkes, Office of the Arts (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet).
Image gallery: Marramarra Bulla, Parkes, 2012 (Photos Otis Williams; AOW):
Arts OutWest embarked on an ambitious project in 2011 to showcase Aboriginal Arts in the region and bring communities of the Central West together in celebration. Encompassing visual arts, dance, performance, music and media, four months of workshops culminated in an Aboriginal Arts event held at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC).
Free workshops open to all Aboriginal people across the Central West were be held March-June in Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Orange, Dubbo, Parkes, Bathurst, Wellington and Cowra. The workshops were aimed at gathering and polishing work – across dance,visual arts, film and music – for sharing at the July gathering.
Marramarra (2011) was supported by Arts NSW, FACHSIA, NSW Department of Transport, Bathurst Regional Council, Better Futures (NSW government), Office of the Arts (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet).
Image gallery from Marramarra 2011 (photos by Peter Gumpert, AOW, Orana Arts)
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