Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Night Skies Experiences across the region

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There’s multiple opportunities to connect to First Nations stories, skylore and astronomy across the Central West from July to September.

Drawn from Arts OutWest’s online What’s On here’s three upcoming experiences:

NEW EYES ON ANCIENT SKIES: STARGAZING OVER PORTLAND

The Foundations of Portland Williwa St, Portland, NSW

Join us for an evening of stargazing under the skies of Portland, exploring the astronomical knowledge of First Nations Australians. Gather around the fire and enjoy a warm soup and drink whilst hearing ancient stories behind the regions unique constellations from Trevor and Tina Leaman, Central West based Cultural Astronomers from Dark Skies Downunder, along with special guest astrophysicist and Gamilaraay-Yuwaalaraay Man, Peter Swanton. $10. (pictured)

MULAA GIILANG: WIRADJURI STORIES OF THE NIGHT SKY

Orange Regional Museum 151 Byng Street, Orange, NSW

For First Nations people, the Earth, sea and sky are intimately connected. Looking up, the night sky reflects Dreaming stories, landforms, animals and seasonal patterns, informing the way people live on, and care for, Country. This exhibition features stunning night sky photography and an immersive soundtrack to explore Wiradjuri astronomical knowledge alongside comparative mythologies from across the world.

CONDO SKYFEST

Wiradjuri Study Centre, Condobolin Cnr Cunningham & McDonnell Street, Condobolin, NSW

An annual community festival in the small Inland town of Condobolin, New South Wales, to celebrate 65,000+ years of Wiradjuri culture, including astronomy and skylore.

Image Credit: Trevor Leaman, 2022. Composite image created by using Wiradjuri constellation art created by Scott Towney transposed over an ESO background. The image depicts Gugaa, the tree goanna orientated as it would be seen at Lithgow on 30 July 2022.