MULTICULTURAL Arts Victoria is proud to be partnering with Three Rivers Festival and Kaiela Arts to produce the inaugural Dhungalla Kaiella Garradha (Goulburn Murray Rivers Dance Ceremony) at the 2017 Three Rivers Festival.
The festival is on Saturday, November 25 from 5-8.30pm at the Echuca Moama Botanical Gardens.
‘‘The Three Rivers Festival is very excited to be working in partnership with Multicultural Arts Victoria and Kaiela Arts to deliver this important new project to the community,’’ Three Rivers Festival Manager and Founder, Clayton Murray Mitchell said.
‘‘Dhungalla Kaiella Garradha gives our people an opportunity to connect, express, heal and inspire.’’
Leading up to the corroboree, six Aboriginal artists from Shepparton’s Kaiella Arts and from Echuca, have been collaborating to create elements for the performance space including ephemeral light sculptures and sand design. As well as the visual arts, Aboriginal dance groups from all around Victoria will prepare traditional dances and music, and traditional dance groups from the Pacific Islander and African communities in nearby Shepparton, will also be welcomed to perform at the event.
The Three Rivers Festival is an annual community event held on Yorta Yorta woka (country) engaging people through the love of touch football, music, art and Aboriginal culture.
The theme of the fourth Three Rivers Festival 2017 is ‘I stand strong for health and culture’.
The festival is driven by a local volunteer committee, elders and community members and co-ordinated by Clayton Murray Mitchell, a proud Wemba-Wemba, Ngandjon-jji and Yorta-Yorta man living in Echuca and working in Aboriginal youth and education services.
MAV chief executive Jill Morgan AM said “we hope to learn from and create greater awareness and understanding of Australia’s first people through artists and community sharing their stories, struggles and successes – passionately and wisely through dance, theatre, song, visual arts and other artforms.’’