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Condo Skyfest: MIIMA WARRABINYA: REACHING FOR THE STARS

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Condo Skyfest: MIIMA WARRABINYA: REACHING FOR THE STARS

Fri 3 September - Sun 5 September

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Condobolin’s third SkyFest: Miima Warrabinya will be held at the Wiradjuri Study Centre on the 3-5 September 2021.

Media release 22 Feb 2021

“This year’s SkyFest will be a truly stellar occasion with a very inclusive program that will delight people of all ages and of all backgrounds,” said Mr Ally Coe, Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation’s CEO.

“Like so many other events last year, the 2020 SkyFest had to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 restrictions, but the lockdown gave us extra time to plan for 2021 and apply for grants. Some of our submissions were remarkably successful, especially our applications to Regional Arts NSW.”

“This means that we’re able to offer events that have never been seen in Condo before. Our SkyFest program now includes specially choreographed ‘sky-dances’, original music compositions, a parade of illuminated sky-lanterns, interactive virtual reality projections, stargazing with  professional astronomers, indigenous food, stalls, exhibitions, workshops, guided tours, an unforgettable grand finale, and some surprise guests,” Mr Coe said.

“In other words, something for everyone — because we want the entire Condo community to be part of this celebration.”

In the months leading up to SkyFest, the Wiradjuri Study Centre will host a series of skill-sharing workshops. On 23 March, for example, lantern artist Phil Relf, from Ikara Celebratory Events in Newtown, will work with Bev Coe and the artisans of the Condo Sista Shed to develop a series of huge sky-lanterns for a spectacular sunset lantern parade. The following day, he will hold a master class at Condobolin Primary School with Condo’s Arts and STE(A)M teachers so they can show their students how to make lanterns and decorate them with sky-themed images, such as stars, planets, spaceships, and constellations for the parade.

“We’d like every student in Condo to make and decorate a lantern,” Mr Coe insisted. “We’ll be awarding really good prizes for the best decorated lanterns and offering the winning lantern-makers a lap of honour after the parade!”

SkyFest will also feature some very special ‘sky-dance’ performances. Wiradjuri choreographer and dance teacher, Jo Clancy, will visit Condo six times between April and September to establish a new female dance troupe and co-create dances with them to tell stories about Wiradjuri people’s relationships with the night sky. The monthly workshops will begin with a fun Tic-Toc party on Monday April 12 at the Wiradjuri Study Centre. Anyone interested in contemporary Aboriginal dancing will be welcome.

The existing male dance group, Galari Bila Waga Dhaanys led by Steve Taylor, will also feature prominently in SkyFest 2021.

The lantern parade and dances will be accompanied by specially composed music, which is expected to include songs in Wiradjuri language by Condo language students, and a percussion ensemble of djembe and other drums. More details of the SkyFest music program will be announced soon.

For more information about Condo SkyFest: miiya warrabinya
please contact Kristie at the Wiradjuri Study Centre on 6895 4664.

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/CondoSkyfest/

WEBSITE: http://www.skyfest.com.au/

Details

Start:
Fri 3 September
End:
Sun 5 September
Event Category:
Website:
http://www.skyfest.com.au/

Venue

Wiradjuri Study Centre
Cnr Cunningham & McDonnell Street
Condobolin, NSW 2877 Australia
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Other

Artforms
Visual arts, Music, Theatre, Craft, Dance, Circus/ Physical theatre, Photography, Multi-Arts, Heritage, Aboriginal culture

 

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